New Media and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in New Media and Public Humanities, (NMPH) designed to support recent Ph.D. graduates from humanities disciplines who are engaged in new media and/or other journalism initiatives in order to bring humanities research out of the classroom and academic monograph and into discussion in public fora and across multiple media platforms. One NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be selected for a twelve-month residency at the Jackman Humanities Institute. Selection will be based upon accomplishment according to career stage, evidence of public media engagement, and the relevance of their interests and media record to the annual theme. The Jackman Humanities Institute interprets “Humanities” as a broad category, including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts.  The theme for 2020-2021 is Collectives.

2020 - 2021: 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?

The NMPH postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct active research and to propose, write, and publish innovative media projects that take humanities research into the public domain. The postdoctoral fellowship is an award of $51,500 CAD plus benefits. The NMPH postdoctoral fellowship is tenable for one academic year (1 July 2020-30 June 2021), and the holder is expected to be in residence September 2020 to May 2021.  As a residential fellow, the New Media and Public Humanities postdoctoral fellow will be provided with an office at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. The NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in activities with faculty, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional other workshops and lectures.

•    Doctoral degree in humanities, writing, media studies, or journalism completed between 1 July 2011 – 30 June 2020. If you graduated before 1 July 2011, you are not eligible to apply. If you will be enrolled as a full or part-time student during the period of the fellowship, you are not eligible to apply.
•    This position is normally open to Ph.D. graduates who do not hold tenure-track positions.
•    A public media record going back to at least 1 July 2018.
•    Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries. 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.

You must have a registered userID account on the JHI website ( to apply.  Click on Calls for Funding to see the description of the fellowship and application procedures. Scroll to the bottom of the description, and click on Apply Now! to apply. (Applications will be accepted starting 16 September 2019).  You will be asked to provide the following at:   

  1. A full resume with demonstrated background in the Humanities that includes a full listing of both academic and non-academic publications and media endeavours.
  2. A one-page statement of interest proposing a media project or series of projects centred on the 2020-2021 annual theme, Collectives, at the JHI.
  3. A sample of previous media work, not to exceed 20 pages/20 minutes (provide link for audio/video recordings).
  4. Names and email addresses for two confidential referees, whom we will contact for letters of reference.

All document files must be saved in .pdf format. The maximum upload size for each application is 8 mb. If your files are too large, you will see an error message.  Please save your files in a more compressed format, and try the upload again.  

All applications must be made through the JHI website at  
by 15 November 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.

For questions relating to the scope and expectations of this fellowship, contact Professor Alison Keith, Director, at or (416) 978-7415.
For website assistance, contact Kim Yates, Associate Director, at
or (416) 946-0313.





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