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Faculty Supervisors, Scholars-in-Residence 2019

Application Start Date: Nov 1st, 2018, 12:00 am
Application End Date: Nov 30th, 2018, 11:59 pm

Call for Applications: Faculty Supervisors, Jackman Scholars-in-Residence 2019

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) is pleased to invite applications for up to 20 faculty supervisors for Scholars-in-Residence (SiR), a 4-week research residency for upper-year undergraduates. SiR provides participating faculty members with teams of 5 outstanding student researchers who work for 20 hours per week on faculty-led research projects for the period May 6 - 31, 2019. Scholars-in-Residence aims to nurture a close-knit, multi-disciplinary, and intergenerational community of humanities scholars. Students live in residence, share meals, and (in their non-RA time) participate in research-focused workshops, excursions, and roundtable discussions.

Budget and funding structure
First-time SiR supervisors will receive $7,500 in research funds from the JHI to support the activities of their research team. All supervisors will contribute to the development of a knowledge base about project design and best practices for undergraduate RAs by submitting a final report.
In accordance with the University of Toronto’s aim to provide research opportunities for undergraduates, the Scholars-in-Residence program is intended to assist faculty in hiring and training undergraduate RAs and integrating them into grant-funded projects. Therefore, faculty supervisors are encouraged additionally to commit up to $5000 in external (e.g., SSHRC) or internal (U of T) grant funds to help support their Scholars.

Eligibility and selection criteria
Research- and teaching-stream faculty in any unit affiliated with the JHI are invited to propose projects that fall within the JHI’s broad interpretation of the “Humanities” (including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts). SiR 2019 will include residencies hosted at St George, UTM, and UTSC. UTM and UTSC-based faculty members and repeat supervisors from all campuses are especially encouraged to apply. Selection criteria are the scholarly merit of the research proposal, the rationale for including undergraduate researchers in the project, the expected benefit to students, and the commitment of grant funds to help support students (where possible).

Applications must be submitted through the JHI website. Click on Apply Now at the bottom of this screen. Applicants must create an account or log in to reach the application form. Applications consist of a one-page Research Project Description that includes information on the role of the student RAs, a provisional budget outline for the use of JHI research funds, a statement about grant funds to be committed toward student support (or a reason why no grant funds are available), and a current CV.

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 23, 2018. Applicants will be notified of a decision by Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Questions: contact Ira Wells, Manager, Scholars-in-Residence: ira.wells@utoronto.ca.  A sample budget outline is available on request.



Guidelines for Faculty Supervisors, Scholars-in-Residence

These guidelines and suggestions are based on experience gained during the 2016, 2017, and 2018 sessions of SiR, especially on the final reports submitted by faculty supervisors.

Ranking and selecting applicants for your team

  • Interview short-listed candidates in person, if possible
  • Past supervisors have had especially good experiences with diverse teams (including program of study and college affiliation as well as all other types of diversity)
  • Fourth-year students (i.e., students who will have finished their studies by May 2019) are technically eligible, but the intent of SiR is to support research by undergraduates and to train students who can continue to work on your project as undergrad RAs. Consider carefully the rationale for choosing a “Year 4+” student and do not include more than one on your team.

Organizing the research team and workplan

  • Contact your team before the start of SiR for background preparation and organization (keeping in mind, though, that April is final exam period).
  • Have a predefined workplan and schedule going into the program, but keep it flexible in order to adapt to your team. Involve them in project design where possible.
  • Discuss with your team the goals of your research project, your methodological approach, and the trajectory of the overall project.
  • Give clearly defined tasks with short, concrete deadlines (2-3 days), if appropriate.
  • Have multiple students work on a task together to foster collaboration (and free up supervisory time). But also be prepared to adapt quickly to individual students’ strengths.
  • Have each Scholar report to the group 1-2 times per week on the work they are doing, or hold a 30-minute debrief with the team every day.
  • Research alongside your Scholars in the same space.
  • Employ a graduate RA to work through hands-on tasks with Scholars (your JHI supervisory funds can be used for this purpose).
  • Use Project Management Software for assigning tasks, submitting progress reports, discussing questions, and sharing resources.
  • Think about and formulate your own research goals as a participant in SiR.

Using JHI supervisory funds during the program

  • Additional personnel to train or assist your team: graduate RAs or postdocs, experts to hold workshops, guest speakers or artists
  • Program activities: field trips, admission fees, conference participation for Scholars, subject fees, snacks, group lunches
  • Materials: books, software
  • Publication or open-access fees for co-authored articles with Scholars
  • Remaining SiR research funds may be used to continue employing one or more Scholars after the end of the program.



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