31/01/2020. Postdoctoral fellowship in Italian Studies, Toronto.

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What, when & where

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto

The aim of the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is to support the most promising Canadian and international new scholars in Italian Studies and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their careers. We encourage applications from candidates working on any aspect of Italian Studies, including Literature, Linguistics, Cinema, Diaspora Studies, History, Arts, Theatre, Media, Cultural Studies, and Pedagogy, as well as from candidates working on interdisciplinary and comparative subjects involving Italian Studies.

Postdoctoral Fellowship provide stipendiary support to recent Ph.D. graduates who are:

  • – undertaking original research
  • – publishing research findings
  • – developing and expanding professional research networks
  • – broadening their teaching experience
  • – preparing for research-intensive careers within and beyond academia
  • – capitalizing on the resources of the University of Toronto in fields related to Italian Studies

Deadline & how to apply

Deadline is 31 January 2020.

For the application process and more information, see this attachment: Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020.pdf


Andrea Santos: italian.studies@utoronto.ca. Correspondence must be conducted strictly in English

Other info, Links & conditions


The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is currently valued at $35,000 (CAD) plus benefits per year. This is a taxable, non-renewable fellowship, tenable for a maximum of 12 months. The award will begin on 1 July and end on 30 June. Due to immigration and administration requirements, the fellow may request a postponement only under exceptional circumstances. Start dates may be postponed by a maximum of 15 days. Requests must be made at the time of application, if known, or in writing as soon as possible after the offer is made.


Subject Matter

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is awarded through an open competition. Fellowship proposals may involve any aspects of Italian Studies, including Literature, Linguistics, Cinema, Diaspora, History, Arts, Theatre, Media, Cultural Studies, and Pedagogy, as well as interdisciplinary and comparative research involving Italian Studies.

Proposed research

The research proposed in the Postdoctoral Fellowship application must be significantly different and distinct from, or add significantly to, the work done by the applicant in his/her doctoral thesis. Research programs proposing simply the adaptation of doctoral theses for publication, the editing of textbooks, or translation are ineligible.

Eligibility to apply

  • – Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in hand by December 31, 2019 and must have earned their first doctorate (or equivalent) from a recognized university no earlier than 5 years prior to and including the date of application (the date of completion is considered to be the date of completion of all degree requirements, not of graduation). Proof of degree must be included in the application package.
  • – Allowable extensions to eligibility window: the window of eligibility can be extended by a cumulative maximum of two years if applicants had their career interrupted for the following reasons: parental leave; illness; health-related family responsibilities; or mandatory military service. No other exceptions will be allowed.
  • – Candidates must have a native or near-native level of proficiency in English.
  • – Exclusions: candidates must not hold a tenure or tenure-track, or equivalent, faculty position. Candidates must find, prior to the application, a suitable faculty member supervisor within the Department who agrees to supervise them.

Responsibilities and duties of the Fellow:

To hold the award, fellows must:

  • – engage in postdoctoral research for the period of the award
  • – teach one full course equivalent (FCE): that is, one course at the undergraduate level (September to December or January to April) + various contributions to courses at the graduate level. Courses will normally be related to the areas of specialization of the candidate, as well as to the needs of the Department
  • – present their research in a public Goggio Lecture
  • – prepare a report at the end of the fellowship, before leaving the University of Toronto


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