2021-2022 Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellowships

Call for Nominations, 2021-2022

Deadlines for applications: Wednesday 31 March 2021 at midnight

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) of the University of Toronto welcomes nominations from Humanities Departments and Ph.D. granting Centres and Institutes for three Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows (for post-funding cohort doctoral students) for the 2021-2022 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 $22,500 plus the cost of the year’s tuition. Fellows may be assigned to research assistantships of a value up to $500 during their Fellowship. Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows will be in their final year of work on the thesis, with at least two chapters completed. This fellowship is for students who will be beyond the funded cohort for their program during the fellowship year, and who may be Canadian or international students. Three awards will be made.

Note regarding the Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities in 2021-2022 The JHI will hold a second competition for one fellowship for a doctoral student who will be in the final year of the funded cohort in 2021-2022. The deadline for this competition will be Friday 14 May 2021.

Applications will be evaluated for relevance to the annual theme for 2021-2022, Pleasure.


Annual Theme, 2021-2022: Pleasure

Whether understood as light amusement or passionate pursuit, as pure enjoyment, sensual gratification, bliss or hedonism, pleasure may be the most agreeable motivator.  Yet pleasure has been described as “curious and appalling,” one of modern civilization’s most deadly poisons. Through its diverse manifestations –– as intellectual satisfaction and the pleasures of knowledge, across studies of media audiences, addiction, virtual sex –– when, and how, has pleasure become divorced from ideology, politics, and power? Uneasiness concerning pleasure resonates readily with humanists’ tendencies to formulate our subjects of study as constellations of problems, but is there space in our discourses for unironic joy?


Expectations for Graduate Fellows

As residential fellows, the graduate fellows will be provided with offices at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. 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; limited travel funding is available to support minor research or conference travel.
  • No previous holder of a Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship or Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellowship is eligible.
  • Fellows are not permitted to take teaching assistant assignments during the 12-month period of their Fellowship (1 July 2021-30 June 2022) 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 relevance of the thesis topic to the annual theme of Pleasure (see below for description).

Selection Process

Up to two graduate students may be nominated by each unit. Applicants must be currently registered in the 2020-2021 year in a Ph.D. with 2021-2022 as their final year, and completion of their doctoral thesis anticipated by the end of the year, in a humanities or social sciences discipline or in a doctoral program in Education, Architecture, Law, Music or Information. Applicants for the Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship will be beyond the funded cohort in their fellowship year. All applicants must have two (2) completed chapters of the thesis at the time of the application.

If you have been nominated:

Register your userID account on the JHI website at: https://humanities.utoronto.ca

Please be aware that all upload documents must be saved in pdf format. Your application must be completed in one sitting.

  1. Complete the online application for this fellowship at the bottom of this page. Click on Apply Now! to begin your application.
  2. Upload a transcript for all graduate work at the University of Toronto (ACORN screenshots of your complete graduate academic history are an acceptable substitute)
  3. Upload a current CV
  4. Upload a thesis abstract and a rationale for this fellowship that explains how your work will fit with the annual theme of Pleasure (maximum length 1,000 words)
  5. Upload two chapters of your thesis
  6. Provide Name of your Thesis Supervisor, whom the JHI will contact for a letter of reference
  7. Provide Name of the faculty member who is graduate coordinator of your unit, whom the JHI will contact for a letter of nomination

Questions about the fellowship? Please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at jhi.director@utoronto.ca

Questions about the website? Please contact JHI Associate Director Dr. Kimberley Yates at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca

Applications are due: Wednesday 31 March 2021 by 11:59 p.m.