Edward W. Said Fellowship
Literary critic and theorist, political analyst and activist, spokesman without peer for the Palestinian cause: Edward Said was one of the most influential intellectuals of his time. The breadth of his knowledge and interests still dazzles us, ranging from Conrad to Mahfouz, from Jane Austen to Mahmoud Darwish, from Adorno to Tarzan, from Erich Auerbach to Jean Genet, from Umm Kulthoum to Alban Berg. By both temperament and conviction a thorough cosmopolitan, Said was instrumental in expanding the intellectual landscape of the twentieth century, often crossing and sometimes redefining disciplinary borders. His restless, probing examination of the relationship between culture and politics is the hallmark of his work.
Call for Applications: Edward W. Said Fellowship
Literary critic and theorist, political analyst and activist, spokesman without peer for the Palestinian cause: Edward Said was one of the most influential intellectuals of his time. By both temperament and conviction a thorough cosmopolitan, Said was instrumental in expanding the intellectual landscape of the twentieth century, often crossing and sometimes redefining disciplinary borders. His restless, probing examination of the relationship between culture and politics is the hallmark of his work.
Named in his honor, the Edward W. Said Fellowship supports promising scholars early in their careers to produce scholarship that speaks across disciplinary boundaries, promotes humanistic inquiry in the service of intercultural communication and understanding, and engages the public. The fellowship is intended to help support a short-term residency (one month to one semester) at Columbia University so as to allow scholars to consult the Edward W. Said Collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The amount of the award varies, but it is intended to cover airfare and to subsidize lodging (past awards have ranged from $5,000 to $10,000, depending upon the length of stay).
Applicants are requested to specify the period and duration of their intended residency in New York City in their cover letter. As an important aspect of the fellowship is its residential component, we request that each residency (whatever its length) overlaps with the autumn or spring term at Columbia (that is, September through December 2019 or January through April 2020). Said Fellows will be asked to give a seminar presentation of their work to the Columbia community during the fellowship term. On completion of the fellowship, Fellows will be expected to submit a report on the work they have undertaken during their residency.
The Said Fellowship represents a significant departure from more traditional humanities fellowships in that it enables talented intellectuals to apply their academic scholarship to pressing global issues in the public sphere. For Said, cultural criticism was an ethical imperative. He believed it was the responsibility of humanists in the academy not only to reveal the links between culture and power, but also to develop alternative modes of analysis to resist injustice.
The deadline for applications is 8 April 2019. Awards will be announced by 15 May 2019.
Eligibility: Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 2009 and 2019.
- Research Proposal (1500 words) and a one-page bibliography
- Cover Letter, giving a brief description (200 words) of the project and its engagement with the legacy of Edward W. Said, as well as a specific timeline for the fellowship
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letters of Recommendation (2)
Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document, containing all materials noted above (excluding letters of recommendation). Label the file thus: Last Name, First Name—EWS Fellowship 2019-20 (e.g., “Hamilton, Alexander—EWS Fellowship 2019-20”). Send the application file as an attachment in an email to: EdwardWSaidFellowship@columbia.edu
Recommendations must also be attached as a PDF document, labeled as above (e.g., “Recommendation for Hamilton, Alexander—EWS Fellowship 2019-20”), and sent directly by recommenders to: EdwardWSaidFellowship@columbia.edu
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