NFC Doctoral Fellowship Application

Call For Applications

The Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria College is pleased to announce the next round of fellowships for doctoral students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto who will have completed course work and exams and be in the writing stage of their dissertation by the time the fellowship begins on 1 September 2019.

Up to four one-year Fellowships will be awarded for 2019-2020. Applications in Humanities and interpretative Social Science disciplines are welcome, and applications are especially encouraged from candidates who work in the following academic programs and areas of study offered at Victoria College:

  • Creative Expression and Society
  • Education and Society
  • Literature and Critical Theory
  • Material Culture
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Science and Society
  • Semiotics and Communication Studies

These Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellowships, valued at $3000 each, are for one academic year (September 1 – April 30). Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellows will be expected to engage with students and the larger intellectual community at Victoria College and present a lecture or seminar related to their research. Victoria College will provide NFC Doctoral Fellows with a shared workspace, Victoria University Common Room privileges, an allowance of $200 for meals at the Burwash Hall dining room, as well as access to special collections at the E. J. Pratt Library. Successful candidates will have a strong academic record and show potential for research excellence as well as the ability to contribute to the priority areas of the NFC and Victoria College. 

Please note that the Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellowships and the Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowships in the Humanities (Jackman Humanities Institute) are mutually exclusive. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both programs, but may not hold a Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship and a Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellowship concurrently.

The application for Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellowships is distinct from that of Victoria College Junior Fellowships. Applicants may apply to both but may not hold a Junior Fellowship and a Northrop Frye Doctoral Fellowship simultaneously as successful NFC Doctoral Fellow applicants will hold overlapping privileges. 

Application Details

Deadline to upload applications: Friday, April 12, 2019.

Applications must include:

  • a one-page cover letter outlining your qualifications for the Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellowship
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a one-page summary of your doctoral thesis and progress to date
  • a letter of recommendation from your dissertation supervisor (see below)

Recommendation Letter
Letters of recommendation must be submitted separately by your supervisor. Please provide the following link to your dissertation supervisor, and ask them to submit a letter of recommendation by the deadline:

Please complete the following form to apply for the Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellowship.

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First Name:
Last Name:
Cover Letter (.PDF or .doc):
C.V. (.PDF or .doc):
Doctoral Thesis Summary, with Progress to date (.PDF or .doc):

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