2020-2021 Community Engaged Humanities Early Career Fellow

JHI Early Career Fellow in Community-Engaged Humanities Research (CEHR)

Applications will be accepted starting 15 September 2019
Deadline for applications:  15 November 2019 at midnight (EDT)

The Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto will accept applications from recent doctoral graduates for a one-year Community-Engaged Early Career Fellowship intended to foster knowledge exchange between the academy and public. The JHI CEHR Early Career Fellow will be a recent Ph.D. who is establishing a track record in their own discipline and working on a project at the intersection of the academy with one or more extra-academic, public and/or non-profit organizations (e.g., museums, galleries, indigenous communities, archives, libraries, arts organizations, etc.). The JHI CEHR Early Career Fellow will hold a 12-month residential fellowship at the JHI where s/he will be expected to pursue their own research in their own discipline while developing their public humanities research profile. At the JHI they will pursue their own research in their own discipline, including some work relevant to the JHI’s annual theme; participate in activities with the multigenerational circle of fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional workshops and lectures; and present aspects of their research that engages public and/or community interest at one or more Community-engaged Public Humanities Workshops. In addition, the JHI CEHR Early Career Fellow may participate, as appropriate, in the other “Humanities at Large” pillar activities.

The Jackman Humanities Institute interprets “Humanities” as a broad category, including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts.


The Annual Theme for 2019-2020 is COLLECTIVES

From political parties to literary coteries, from fan groups to sports teams, from terrorist organizations to online groups, our collectives, associations, and communities are multiform and complex. How do we band together and why? In teaming up, how does membership of a collective affect one’s own agency and standing – what do we lose, what do we gain? Can collectives truly be agents and how do group dynamics emerge? How do we balance the interests between collectives, of individuals and collectives, and of the individual within the collective?


Humanities at Large

Humanities at Large is a three-year (2019-2022) initiative, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that is intended to promote knowledge exchange.  It will focus on six pillar activities:

  1. Creative non-fiction writing workshops for academic researchers
  2. Social media training for academics
  3. Community-Engaged public humanities scholarship
  4. Partnerships with local high schools
  5. Talking Books, a public book club experience
  6. Radio showcase on each year’s humanities research at the JHI



  • Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. within five years of the beginning of the fellowship (after 1 July 2015). Applicants who will complete doctoral degree requirements before 1 May 2020 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested to confirm completion. Any award will be conditional on a successful defence. Applicants who received their Ph.D. before 1 July 2015 are ineligible.
  • Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries.
  • Doctoral candidates and Ph.D. recipients from the University of Toronto are eligible to apply.
  • This position is not open to those who hold a tenure-track position.

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

Selection Criteria

We are seeking individuals whose intellectual scope moves between formal academic research and public communications. The JHI is a site for interdisciplinary humanities research conversations, and we are therefore interested in candidates who have an interest in and capacity for presentation of their research across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.  Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of commitment to the public humanities knowledge exchange, achievement as appropriate to their career stage, promise of excellence, and relevance of their proposed research project to the Annual Theme.


The Fellowship

This fellowship provides funding for twelve months, with residency required for nine months (September 2020—May 2021). The stipend is $50,000 CAD plus benefits. Moving expenses are not provided. The JHI will provide an office, University of Toronto Library access, faculty mentoring, and administrative support.  Fellows are expected to attend weekly lunches on Thursdays from September through the first week of May. Teaching is not a component of this fellowship, but incumbents may apply for sessional positions in their home disciplines as available.



You must have or create an account in the JHI website (https://humanities.utoronto.ca) to apply. You will be asked to upload the following documents in your application (click on Apply Now! at the bottom of this page)

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Proposal for Public Humanities Research relevant to the annual theme of Collectives
  4. Writing Sample (academic) – a thesis chapter or published article
  5. Communications Sample (public) – an article for popular press, a blog post, podcast, interview or other media product. Provide URL link to audio or video files if you wish. Upload text files.

    All documents must be in .pdf format. The size limit for your completed application is 8 mb.  If your upload documents are too large, you will see an error message; please optimize your files and try again.

    You will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two references. Your referees will receive an automated request for their letters, which will be due on 22 November 2019.  Please ask your referees to watch for our request email.



Application materials:    15 November 2019 at midnight
Reference letters:    22 November 2019



For questions relating to the scope and expectations of this fellowship, please contact Professor Alison Keith, Director, at jhi.director@utoronto.ca or (416) 978-7415. 

For website assistance, please contact Kim Yates, Associate Director, at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca or (416) 946-0313