2020-2021 JHI Undergraduate Fellowships

Call for Applications

Applications will be accepted starting on Wednesday 18 March 2019
DEADLINE: Thursday 30 April 2020 at midnight

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 propose to conduct research on a topic in the humanities related to our annual theme, Collectives.  These will be undergraduates, including those in humanities oriented second-entry programs, who are likely to go on to graduate school in the humanities. 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 (or directed research project at an appropriate weight), the number consistent with the program of their department of concentration.
Each undergraduate fellow will be provided with 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.

Each of the undergraduate fellows will receive one of the following named awards as a component of the fellowship:

  • Dr. Michael Lutsky Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • James Fleck Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • Zoltan Simo Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • Dr. Jan Blumenstein Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • Milton Harris Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • JHI Award in the Humanities


Selection Process

We invite applications from undergraduate students in humanities programs or humanities-oriented second-entry programs at any of the University of Toronto’s 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.  Applicants should review the research descriptions for all four, and determine a first and second choice of supervisor. Cross-disciplinary matches are actively encouraged.  Please be aware: you are not applying to work on your supervisor's research; you will be working on your own project, with your supervisor's direction.



Caryl Clark, Faculty of Music
Music Collectives: Evolving Operatic Practices

Girish Daswani, UTSC Department of Anthropology
Activist and Artistic Responses to Corruption in Ghana
Cara Krmpotich, Faculty of Information
An Implicated Orchestra
Eve Tuck, OISE Department of Social Justice Education
Rematriation and the Land Relationships Super Collective Album

Further information about the 2020-2021 Faculty Research Fellows and their research interests:


To Apply

  1. You must have or create an account on the JHI website at https://humanities.utoronto.ca
  2. Complete the application form in the JHI website -- click on Apply Now! at the bottom of the page to reach the application form
  3. Upload a copy of your Complete Academic History from ACORN for all work at the University of Toronto
  4. Upload a two-page (max. 500 words) description of your proposed research project.
  5. Upload one essay from a related course (any length; choose one that speaks to the theme if possible, and that shows your research and writing skills to best advantage)
  6. Provide the names of your first and second choice Faculty Research Fellow supervisors
  7. Provide the name and email address of an instructor at the University of Toronto whom we may contact for a letter of reference.

Please note: all upload files must be saved in .pdf format. Maximum file size is 4 mb.



This competition is open to full-time students in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences, and to students in second-entry professional programs at undergraduate level who propose a humanities-focused project. 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, or comparable grades if applying from a second-entry undergraduate program.  Project topics must connect to the theme for 2020-2021, Collectives. Preference will be given to students who will be in the final year of their program during the fellowship year. Fellows must be able to attend a two-hour lunch each Thursday in person from September through April.



Please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at jhi.director@utoronto.ca. For questions about the website or application form, please contact Associate Director Kim Yates at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca