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Call for Applications
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2012-2014

The application form will go live on Saturday 1 October 2011 at 9:00 a.m. (EDT).

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships designed to provide financial and intellectual support for outstanding scholars at the beginning of their professional careers. Up to three Fellows in the Humanities will be selected each year for a two-year fellowship in the JHI. Fellows will be selected on the basis of accomplishment appropriate to their stage in their career, the promise of excellence and the relevance of their research to the annual theme.

The JHI interprets "Humanities" as a broad category, including political theory, interpretative social science, music, and the arts.

The theme for 2012–2013 is FOOD
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.

The Fellows will pursue their individual research in the context of the JHI. They will have offices at the JHI and will participate in weekly seminars and other activities in the circle of fellows. In addition, each postdoctoral fellow will be affiliated with a Department and will teach one course in each Fall and Winter term of their two-year Fellowship. We are especially interested in candidates who have an interest in and capacity for interdisciplinary work of a high quality. The Fellowship provides an annual $50,000 Canadian stipend.

Eligibility:  1 July 2009 — 1 May 2012

Applicants must have completed their degree within three years of the beginning of the fellowship (1 July 2012).  Applicants who will defend their thesis before 1 May 2012 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be conditional on a successful defense.

Applicants who received their Ph.D. prior to 1 July 2009 are ineligible.

Degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. from the University of Toronto are ineligible.

Fellowships are open to citizens of all states. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives. 


You must have a registered userID on the JHI website to apply.  Click on Funding to see the description of the fellowship and application procedures.  Scroll to the bottom of the description, and then click Apply Now to apply (this will not be visible until 1 October 2011).

You will be asked to upload the following documents in your application:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching and Research Interests
  4. Writing Sample (normally a completed thesis chapter of about 30 pages)

All documents must be in .doc or .pdf format.  The size limit for a complete application including all four documents is 7 mb.  If your application is too large, you will see an error message; please adjust the size of your files and try again.

You will also be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three referees, and/or the name and email address of your dossier service.  You may include both a dossier service and referee names if necessary.  Please alert your referees to your intention to apply before you submit your application in order to allow them sufficient time to respond.

When you complete the application, click Submit.  Please be aware that it is not possible to save a partial application and return to it at a later point.  When you click on Submit, your application will be filed, and the referees that you have named will be contacted automatically to request letters of reference. Do not click Submit until all materials have been uploaded and you are ready for reference requests to go out.

You may check on the status of your application by going into your userID profile on the JHI website and clicking on Applications (left column).  If your application says "complete", your dossier/references have been received.  If your application says "pending", we are waiting for a dossier or reference letters.  Your dossier and/or letters of reference should be received by 15 December 2011. 

All applications must be made online at www.humanities.utoronto.ca by 1 December 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).  Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.

Contact: Robert Gibbs, Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute (416) 978-7415.

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