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Grad Fellowships 12-13 Call

Call for Nominations 
Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowships in the Humanities, 2012-2013

To apply, click on Funding and select Graduate Fellowships.  The application form will be open as of 1 March 2012.
The Jackman Humanities Institute  (JHI) of the University of Toronto welcomes nominations from Humanities Departments and Ph.D. granting Centres and Institutes for three Graduate Fellows for the 2012-2013 year. Each unit may nominate up to two candidates, selecting candidates through their graduate executive or by their graduate coordinator.
     The value of a Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship in the Humanities is normally $8500 in stipend relief (to cover the portion of the graduate funding package allotted for assignment as a Teaching Assistant) and in addition a top up of $2500 beyond the guaranteed funding package.  Fellows will be in the final year of the funded cohort. Recipients who have also been awarded a CGS or a Vanier will receive only a top-up award of $2500.  Fellows may be assigned to research assistantships of a value up to $500 during their Fellowship.
     As residential fellows, the winners will be provided with offices at the JHI on the 10th Floor of the Jackman Humanities Building.  In addition, they will be expected to participate in activities with faculty and postdoctoral fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional other workshops and lectures.

  • Fellows are expected to be in residence and no longer need to travel for major research.
  • No previous holder of a Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship is eligible. 
  • Fellows are not permitted to take teaching assistant assignments during the 12-month period of their Fellowship (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) in order to allow for expedited research and writing.  
  • Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of excellence in scholarship and scholarly promise as well as the relation of the thesis topic to the annual theme, Food.

Food: 2012-2013

Food is a basic human need. It shapes desires and yields many kinds of enjoyment. The humanities explore food from diverse perspectives seeing it both as an object produced and consumed and also as the means and symbol of our human relations. The diversity of what we eat (and don’t eat) and of how food is produced and shared shapes cultures, communities, nations, and empires. Refracted through literature, religion, and art, food is a central lens for exploring human history and the patterns of our interaction. Hunger, as an index of poverty and of environmental disaster, provides a reversed lens with which we can explore justice and ethics. How humans get what they eat, from near and far, is basic to ways of inhabiting places on the earth and relating to other species. From hunter-gatherers to communal gardens, feudal farming to agribusiness, food and the systems that provide it are matched by a diversity of the tables at which we eat--food for celebration, sustenance, display, competition, joy and sorrow.

Selection Process
Up to two graduate students may be nominated by each department or EDU.  Applicants must be currently registered in the 2011-2012 year in the Faculty of Arts and Science, with 2012-2013 as their final funded year, and completing their Ph.D. thesis.
If you have been nominated

  1. Register your userID on the JHI website at www.humanities.utoronto.ca
  2. Complete the online application for this fellowship 
  3. Upload a ROSI transcript for all graduate work at the University of Toronto
  4. Upload a description of the thesis (up to 500 words)
  5. Upload a completed draft of one chapter of the Ph.D. thesis
  6. Provide Name of Thesis Supervisor, whom the JHI will contact for a letter of reference
  7. Provide Name of the graduate coordinator of your department or EDU, whom the JHI will contact for a letter of nomination

Questions? Please contact Director Professor Robert Gibbs at jhi.director@utoronto.ca
Applications open:  15 March 2012
Applications due:  16 April 2012

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