Cornell University, Society for the Humanities

Fellowship ID:Cornell-Society for the Humanities-SHUM_JS [#12700, WDR-00017386]
Fellowship Title: Society for the Humanities Fellowship in Jewish Studies 2019-20
Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Jewish Studies
Judaic Studies
Appl Deadline:2019/01/10 finished (2018/11/07, finished 2019/04/08)

*** this fellowship has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Society for the Humanities Fellowship in Jewish Studies, 2019-20


The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, in cooperation with the Jewish Studies Program, invites applications for a residential fellowship in Jewish Studies. The fellowship will be held for one academic year, and the Fellow will receive $50,000. The Society’s 2019-20 theme is ENERGY. Pertinence of proposed research and teaching to that theme is encouraged but not required.


Fellows include scholars and practitioners from other universities and members of the Cornell faculty released from regular duties. Fellows will collaborate with the Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities, Paul Fleming, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies. Fellows spend their time in research and writing, participate in the weekly Fellows Seminar, and offer one course related to their research. Courses should be appropriate for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Fellows are encouraged to explore topics they would not normally teach and, in general, to experiment freely with both the content and the method of their courses.


2019-20 Invited Society Scholars:

The following Invited Society Scholars will each spend a week in residence, leading a seminar with the Fellows and offering a public lecture.

  • Dominic Boyer, Director CENHS (Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences), Professor of Anthropology, Rice University
  • Brent Hayes Edwards, Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Jazz Studies, Columbia University
  • Cymene Howe, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rice University
  • Kathi Weeks, Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Duke University


Applicants should be working on topics related to Jewish Studies with an approach to the humanities broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1, 2018. The Society for the Humanities will not consider applications from scholars who received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants must also have one or more years of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student. International scholars are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.


Application Procedures:

The following application materials must be submitted via on or before JANUARY 10, 2019. Any other method of applying will not be accepted.

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A one-page abstract describing the research project the applicant would like to pursue during the term of the fellowship (no more than 300 words)
  3. A detailed statement of the research project (1,000 – 2,000 words). Applicants may also include a one-page bibliography of the most essential materials to the project.
  4. A course proposal for a seminar related to the applicant’s research. Seminars meet two hours per week for one semester and enrollment is limited to fifteen advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The course proposal should consist of:
  5. A brief course description suitable for the University course catalog (50-125 words)
    • A detailed course proposal (up to 300 words)
    • A list of the essential texts for the course
    • One scholarly paper (no more than 35 pages in length)
  6. Two letters of recommendation from senior colleagues to whom candidates should send their research proposal and teaching proposal. Letters of recommendation should include an evaluation of the candidate’s proposed research and teaching statements. Please ask referees to submit their letters directly through the application link. Letters must be submitted on or before JANUARY 10, 2019.


For further information:

Phone: 607-255-9274



Awards will be announced by the end of February 2019.


Note: Extensions for applications will not be granted. The Society will consider only fully completed applications. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that ALL documentation is complete, and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to the Society before the closing date.

Society for the Humanities:

The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University in 1966 to support research and teaching in the humanities. It is intended to be at once a research institute, a stimulus to educational innovation, and a continuing society of scholars. The Society and its Fellows have fostered path-breaking interdisciplinary dialogue and theoretical reflection on the humanities at large.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. The College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts students and faculty of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator, valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
Society for the Humanities
Cornell University
A. D. White House
121 Presidents Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853

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