Postdoctoral Fellowship: Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) University of Toronto 2021

Applications are currently being invited for the Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) at the University of Toronto for the 2021/2022 academic session.

The CDHI is a tri-campus research initiative that bridges the humanities’ emphasis on power and culture with the tools and analysis of digital technology to forge a new, generative paradigm of digital humanities scholarship. Critical Digital Humanities is an emerging, intersectional field that emphasizes questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in making and analyzing digital technologies.

This is a version of digital humanities that understands our current historic shift in digital technology as an opportunity for social and political transformation. Critical Digital Humanities foregrounds creative praxis, co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.  

Worth of Award

The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (CDHI) program

  • provides funding to Graduate Faculties to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers.
  • enables postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.


The award is open to both domestic and international post-graduates. 

Nominees must: 

  • Demonstrate academic excellence and a high potential for success in their chosen fields; 
  • Identify as Indigenous and/or Black; 
  • Have obtained a doctoral degree, at the time the fellowship commences and normally within the last five years from the start of the fellowship; and 
  • Not have held a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship previously. 

Recipients must: 

  • Begin the fellowship by December 31, 2021; 
  • Be a postdoctoral employee of the University of Toronto; 
  • Be associated with a supervisor appointed to a graduate unit; 
  • Register and remain registered with the Postdoctoral Office at SGS; 

Furthermore, recipients must

  • Not hold concurrently another major fellowship; 
  • Not hold a faculty position or be on leave from such a position; 
  • Establish an IDP (Independent Development Plan), and submit to SGS within the first three months of the fellowship. The IDP should be reviewed annually and the revised copy sent to the Postdoctoral Office at SGS; and 
  • Submit proof of completion of degree no later than three months after the fellowship commences. This should be done if they had not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of nomination. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following: 

  • cover letter  
  • statement of research intent (maximum 2 pages) 
  • CV (no page limit) 
  • three letters of support 
  • a copy of the completion of degree

Deadline: All materials must be addressed and submitted to Professor Elspeth Brown, [email protected] no later than 5 pm EST on February 19, 2021.


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