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Professor Bence Viola featured in CBC News

The finger bone was excavated at Denisova Cave in 2008. (Bence Viola)

“A new study co-authored by U of T’s Bence Viola is shedding light on the Denisovans, an ancient species related to Neanderthals. As detailed by the CBC, Viola and his co-researchers digitally reconstructed a finger using a long-lost piece of a Denisovan fossil, which was indistinguishable from modern humans’ fingers.”

To read the whole article click HERE.

 

Arts & Science / Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Value & Duration: $45,000 (incl. 0.5 FCE of teaching, ideally in a First Year Foundations seminar) / year for a maximum of two years

Successful applicants will be determined by a committee organized by the Vice-Dean Research & Infrastructure.

The Arts & Science / Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships (MPI-MMG PDF) are designed to provide advanced training to outstanding recent doctoral students working at the intersection of ethics, law, religion, and politics in relation to questions of citizenship, migration and diversity. The goal of the program is to build networks among emerging scholars working at the intersection of ethics, law, religion, and politics in relation to questions of citizenship, migration and diversity. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate within the Faculty of Arts & Science.

For a complete program overview, as well as the relevant application forms, please visit the program website, here.

Departmental Deadline: November 15, 2019

 

Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Value & Duration: $48,000 / year for a maximum of two years

• There are two types of funding for the fellowships: One is fully-funded, where Arts & Science contributes the full stipend ($48k) and benefits. The other is match-funded, where supervisors and/or units contribute half the stipend ($24k) and benefits, the second half of which is matched by Arts & Science.
• Supervisors and units can top-up the stipend (and associated benefits) at their discretion. Please note that Arts & Science will not match top-up funding.
• The focus of the program is to attract recently awarded PhD graduates to the U of T for advanced training, although outstanding current U of T PhD graduates and postdocs are welcome to apply.
• Canadians and permanent residents are strongly encouraged to also apply for the appropriate tri-council (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC) postdoctoral awards. If an applicant receives both an Arts & Science fellowship and a tri-council fellowship, we will top up their tri-council award by $8,000 for each year they hold the award.
• Successful applicants will be determined by a committee organized by the Vice-Dean Research & Infrastructure.

The Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide outstanding recent doctoral students advanced training in their field of study. These fellowships are not discipline specific, but rather can be held in any department or research unit across the Faculty of Arts & Science (A&S) at the University of Toronto. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate within the Faculty of A&S (St. George Campus).

For a complete program overview, as well as the relevant application forms, please visit the program website, here.

Departmental Deadline: November 15, 2019

 

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Application

Value & Duration: $70,000 / year for two years

Application packages must include the following materials:
Arts & Science Internal Application Form
• A support letter from the graduate unit Chair, as per the selection criteria (maximum two pages);
• A nomination letter from the faculty advisor/mentor, as per the selection criteria;
• Statement of research intent from the nominee (maximum two pages);
• Nominee’s C.V. (no page restriction); and
• A draft letter of offer (prepared by the Business Officer of the unit). The letter of offer should confirm arrangements for providing the required $5000 start-up funding per year.

The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.

For a complete program overview, please visit the program website, here.

Departmental Deadline: September 13, 2019

 

2019-20 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2019-20 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program may now be submitted to the Department of Anthropology

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

The Department of Anthropology reviews submissions to go forward to the Faculty of Arts & Science for consideration. Our departmental deadline for receiving applications is Monday, July 15, 2019.

Please send your complete application to anthro.officeofthechair@utoronto.ca with the subject line: 2019-20 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Complete requirements are available on the Banting website and on the SGS website.

Emily Gilbert & Hannah Quinn receive 2018-19 TA Award

Congratulations to Emily Gilbert and Hannah Quinn, who both won the 2018-19 departmental TA Award.

Emily Gilbert has proven her ability to provide meaningful feedback through excellent communication skills, and helping students creatively imagine the possibilities of their anthropological education in ways they had previously not considered.

Hannah Quinn is a conscientious leader who designed curricula to include LGBTQ and indigenous perspectives, making sure everyone is welcome, and helping new TAs find their feet as they begin their university teaching career.

Undergrad student Tara Suri’s paper published in Semiotica Journal & to be presented at conferences

Congratulations to our fourth year undergraduate student Tara Suri, who was recently selected to be published in Semiotica, the Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, this July 2019!

Tara Suri, Fourth Year Undergraduate

The name of her publication is ““Do You Understand These Charges?”: How Procedural Communication in Youth Criminal Justice Court Violates the Rights of Young Offenders in Canada.”

The paper will be presented by Tara on a panel entitled “Taking Language and Law Seriously” at the International Language and Law Association Conference this September 2019 at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

She will also be presenting at the Canadian Criminal Association Congress this November 2019 in Quebec City.

Congratulations Tara!

Girish Daswani, UTSC, Awarded SSHRC Insight Grant

Congratulations to Professor Girish Daswani, from UTSC, who was awarded with a SSHRC Insight grant. 

Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives of two to five years.

Professor Daswani’s research project is entitled Act Now: Responses to Corruption in Contemporary Ghana.

Michael Chazan & Hilary Cunningham Awarded SSHRC Insight Grants

Congratulations to Professor Michael Chazan and Professor Hilary Cunningham, who were both just rewarded with SSHRC Insight grants. 

Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives of two to five years.

Professor Chazan’s research project is entitled The Archaeology of the Precursors of Modern Humans at Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa, and Professor Cunningham’s research project is entitled Fur, Feathers and Phobias: The Role of Fear and Compassion in Animal Sanctuaries