“Northeastern Humanities Fellows”


The Northeastern Humanities Center
Resident Fellowship Program:  “Northeastern Humanities Fellows”
Request for Proposals and Application 2013-14

The Northeastern Humanities Center seeks applications for its inaugural Resident Fellowship Program for the 2013-14 academic year.  We hope to fund up to six “Northeastern Humanities Fellows” for the 2013-14 academic year.  Fellows serve for one year only.

The application deadline is extended to Friday, January 18, 2013.  The fellowship period will be September 2013 through May 2014.

The Humanities Center Fellowship will bring together scholars and practitioners from different disciplines – both within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as other Colleges of Northeastern University – around a common issue of humanistic import.

The Fellowship program seeks to provide a focused period of time in order for its Northeastern Humanities Fellows to pursue their research, to collaborate with others around a common theme, and to share one’s work with the Northeastern community. Fellows will receive:

  • One (1) course release , or equivalent stipend; course release may be combined with other tenure-track course releases or for tenured faculty with sabbatical
  • Release for tenure-track faculty from most service duties in one’s department for the year;
  • Access to Humanities Center resources (which may include staff and space).

The program facilitates productive discussions and collaborations among the participants around a major theme, with a view toward the development of joint projects, conferences, publications, and/or major grant applications.  Expected duties include:

  • Monthly meetings among fellows with a rotating schedule of research reporting and collaboration;
  • Monthly research colloquium presentations (audience is NU faculty, staff, and students);
  • Yearly summit that celebrates the theme and shares the research of all fellows

For 2013-14, the theme will be “viral culture.”  The expression “viral culture” could be said to name a mode of circulation and transmission of information, ideas, and biota across time and space. We think of “viral culture” as engaging an array of important and emergent contemporary phenomenon—related to areas as diverse as social networks, the internet, new media, public health, sexuality, marketing, and globalization—but viral culture has roots, as well, in fields as diverse as the history of public health, economics, literature, transportation, and print culture.  With this theme, we invite scholars working in diverse fields and periods to consider the ways in which the viral transmission of memes, diseases, electronic signals, print texts—of varied forms of culture— inform new research.

For 2014-15, the theme will be “by design.”  For 2015-16, the theme will be “trans-identifications.”

Preference may be given to Northeastern’s CSSH faculty, but we welcome applications from other Northeastern Colleges. Support for non-CSSH faculty will only be awarded upon approval and support from the faculty member’s Dean and Chair(s).*

Required Application Materials include:

  • Narrative (no more than 2 double-spaced pages) that addresses the way in which your work connects with the Humanities Center’s mission and Fellowship’s annual theme;
  • Abstract of Project (no more than 100 words);
  • CV (no more than 2 single-spaced pages);
  • Letter of Support from Department Chair(s) or Program Director (no more than one page);
  • Letter of Support from College Dean, if faculty member is not a member of CSSH.

If needed, Fellows may have some office space in the Humanities Center, located in 450 Renaissance Place.

If you are interested in becoming a Northeastern Humanities Fellow, complete the following application and submit the required letters via hard copy and email to Erika Koss at e.koss@neu.edu by January 18, 2013.

We hope to provide notification on all awards by January 31, 2013.

Approved applicants will be required to submit a one-paragraph mid-year report and an end of year report.

If you have further questions regarding these Fellowships, please contact Erika Koss by phone at 617-373-6812 or e.koss@neu.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!



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