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Undergrad Fellowship 2012-2013 Call

Call for Nominations
Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellowships, 2012-2013

To apply, Click on Funding and select Undergraduate Fellowships.  The application form for this fellowship will be available on 1 March 2012.
The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) hosts annually an intergenerational community of fellows, each pursuing independent research for an academic year while in residence at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. The fellows are linked by theme, and they participate in a set of common activities, including weekly lunch seminars and other workshops and lectures. 
    We are seeking a small number of advanced undergraduates who are themselves conducting research on a topic in the humanities related to our annual theme, Food. These will be undergraduates who are likely to go on to graduate school. The opportunity to converse with and to be mentored by leading scholars and to participate in a cutting-edge interdisciplinary conversation in the humanities should provide major impetus and inspiration for growth. 
      The undergraduate fellows will be linked to one or more specific faculty fellows who will serve as supervisor(s) for the research project.  Each will complete a 300 or 400 level independent research course for 1.0 FCE, the number consistent with the program of their department of concentration. 
      Each undergraduate fellow will be provided with a carrel space for study on the 10th floor and will be expected to participate in the JHI activities of the fellows.  Each fellow will be provided with a $1,000 scholarship, and if necessary, limited funds for research travel.

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
Each Department or Program may nominate up to two students who will be in the final year of an undergraduate degree in the humanities in 2011-2012 on any of the three campuses. Because these fellows must be teamed up with a Faculty Fellow, the Faculty Fellows will review the applications to be certain that they are able to supervise the projects.  The Faculty Research Fellows for 2012-2013 are:

  • Robert Davidson (Department of Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Frances Garrett (Department of Religion)
  • Amira Mittermaier (Department of Religion / Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)
  • Andrea Most (Department of English)

For further information about the Faculty Research Fellows, including descriptions of their 2012-2013 research projects, click HERE.

A selection committee of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Programs, the Director of the JHI, and representatives from UTM and UTSC will choose the undergraduate fellows.
If you have been nominated

  1. Register your userID on the JHI website at www.humanities.utoronto.ca
  2. Complete the application form online (Click on Funding, select Undergraduate Fellowships, scroll to bottom of description page, and click on Apply Now!)
  3. Upload a copy of your most recent transcript from ROSI for all undergraduate work   at the University of Toronto. 
  4. Upload a two-page description of the proposed research project. 
  5. Upload one essay from a related course. 
  6. Provide name(s) of the Faculty Research Fellow(s) with whom you would like to work
  7. Provide the name and email address of your department’s Undergraduate Coordinator for a letter of nomination.
  8. Provide the name and email address of an instructor at the U of T for a letter of reference.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of a record of academic excellence and the promise of future achievement.  A minimum grade point average of 3.7 for third-year course work is required. Topics must connect to the theme for 2011-2012, Food.
Questions? Please contact Director Robert Gibbs at JHI.Director@utoronto.ca
Applications open: 1 March 2012
Applications due: 2 April 2012

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