Job Posting: University of Toronto Jackman Humanities Institute-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships

Mellon Postdoc 2016-2018

Application Start Date: Sep 14th, 2015, 12:00 am
Application End Date: Nov 16th, 2015, 11:59 pm

Call for Applications
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2016-2018

Applications will be accepted starting on Monday 14 September 2015 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. Four Fellows in the Humanities will be selected 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 2016–2017 is TIME, RHYTHM, AND PACE

The modern experience of time is often characterized by its “increasing speed,” its linearity, and its emphasis on “now.” But time does not have to be regarded as the flight of an arrow, a race track, or a forking path. If we consider the body, the planet, or the longue durée of history, it becomes clear that rhythm, cycle, pace, and temporality pervade the human condition, now as they have always done.  Occurring at multiple scales (neuronal firing, diurnal habits, menses, calendars, life cycles, the rise and fall of civilizations), rhythm is concrete, existential, and profound. How do rhythm and cycle, rather than velocity, characterize human life? What are the politics of chronology? How can a deeper understanding of time, rhythm, and pace—from literary theorists, historians, phenomenologists, political scientists, and diverse other sectors of the academy—provide us with guidance in an increasingly frantic and fast-paced world?

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: PhD Completed 1 July 2013 — 1 May 2016

Applicants must have completed their degree within three years of the beginning of the fellowship (1 July 2016).  Applicants who will defend their thesis before 1 May 2016 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 2013 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.

Procedure
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 14 September 2015).

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

1.    Letter of Application (outline your research at doctoral level and plans for the fellowship, emphasizing relevance to the Annual Theme.)
2.    Curriculum vitae
3.    Statement of Teaching and Research Interests (outline what you would like to teach; show how your research can play out in the classroom.)
4.    Writing Sample (normally a completed thesis chapter or published article of about 30 pages)

All documents must be in Word or .pdf format. The size limit for a complete application including all four documents is 4 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.  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 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 1 December 2015.  You may edit your application before the deadline. In edit mode, you may not be able to see previously submitted materials, but they are still there. If you save new versions of any file, the new version will overwrite and replace the old one.

Deadline
All applications must be made online at www.humanities.utoronto.ca by 16 November 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).  Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.

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

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