Tuition Fellowships - School of Criticism and Theory

The Cogut Institute for the Humanities will sponsor two participants in the 2018 summer session at the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University. Sponsored participants are guaranteed a place in the SCT program, with tuition paid by the Cogut Institute. An additional housing allowance of up to $1000, reimbursed with proper documentation, is included for graduate students.

Sponsored participants can be senior graduate students or junior faculty members. Selections are made by the Governing Board of the Cogut Institute.

The School of Criticism and Theory, currently headed by Hent de Vries (New York University), is “an international program of study with leading figures in critical thought.” It is held every year between mid-June and late July on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. In the summer of 2018, six-week seminars will be offered by Eduardo Cadava (Princeton University), Peter Gordon (Harvard University), Sharon Marcus (Columbia University), and Tracy McNulty (Cornell University).  In addition, the program includes mini-seminars by Veena Das (John Hopkins University), Bernard Harcourt (Columbia University and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Samuel Moyn (Yale University), and Avital Ronell (New York University) and lectures by Homi Bhabha (Harvard University), Paul Fleming (Cornell University), Alondra Nelson (Columbia University and Social Science Research Council) and Sari Nusseibeh (Al-Quds University). Information about the 2018 session of the School of Criticism is available here. You can also read feedback from previous participants.


Applicants must be junior faculty or graduate students at Brown University. Graduate students must:
1. already be supported (i.e., is a continuing student with support in the department),
2. have passed their exams and advanced to the dissertation writing stage,
3. have the support of their advisor and Director of Graduate Studies, and
4. not be beyond the sixth year of their doctoral program.


Applications open on November 28, 2017 and close on January 17, 2018. Candidates must submit the application form, a statement of purpose, a CV, and two letters of recommendation. The statement of purpose must be of no more than two pages, describing current scholarly interests and plans and how the SCT might further those interests and plans. The statement should include information about courses taken and/or taught in criticism and theory.

Apply here! You must be logged into your Brown email to complete and submit the form.

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to Applications are not considered complete until letters of recommendation have been received.

Upon selection, sponsored participants will be asked to submit the SCT application by February 1. Sponsored participants will be asked to submit their statement of purpose and CV. We will provide you with a letter of support.

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