2023-2024 JHI-CDHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

Sep 14, 2022

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) at the University of Toronto, in partnership with the Digital Humanities Network, offers a twelve-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, with a project that fits the JHI’s annual theme, “Absence”.

Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2022 at 4:00pm EST

2023 – 2024: Absence

Absence takes many forms – absence as loss, abandonment, and omission; absence as exile, separation, and unbelonging; and, paradoxically, absence as boundless, infinite, and transcendent. Ways of knowing, communal memory, as well as personal and cultural identities are all shaped, challenged, and even denied by various types of absences. Voids, silences, privations, gaps and solitudes are forces in themselves. What is not there can be even more powerful than what is there. How does absence affect our views of and place in the world? What meaning can we make of those “blank void regions”? What happens when absence is present? How are today’s technologies and our networked world challenging the binary distinction of presence and absence?

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) builds research and teaching strengths at the University of Toronto through programming, mentorship, and advocacy. Our vision is to forge a new paradigm of critical digital humanities scholarship, bringing together the humanities’ critique of power and historical perspectives with digital tools for socially transformative research. Our mission is to create a large, active, and inclusive network of digital humanities researchers at U of T and to make U of T a world leader in critical digital humanities research, teaching, and training.

CDHI defines digital humanities broadly, to include both critical praxis and the analysis of digitality. At the University of Toronto, Critical Digital Humanities foregrounds creative praxis, co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.

The JHI-CDHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will have an established track record in their own discipline and/or the digital humanities. They will pursue their own research while at UofT, while working to foster the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative.


The JHI-CDHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will draw upon their disciplinary expertise and upon training provided by the JHI, CDHI, and UofT Libraries to connect and strengthen DH projects across the tricampus university. Specifically, depending on their own skillset and research interests, the JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will spend 15 hours per week as a member of the CDHI Executive Team, where they will:

  • Run regular roundtables and workshops on digital humanities topics
  • Convene a monthly community of practice to support the cohort of the Graduate Fellows in Critical Digital Humanities
  • Organize, facilitate, and participate in other tricampus DH training initiatives
  • Facilitate introductions and connections between researchers within CDHI
  • Join CDHI events, such as visiting speakers, workshops, and conferences
  • Participate in one of the CDHI Working Groups
  • Attend weekly CDHI Executive Team meetings
  • Participate in planning the future shape and directions of CDHI

While working with the CDHI, the Fellow will also be part of the JHI scholarly community and will participate in weekly JHI fellows lunches every Thursday from the beginning of September to the first week of May.

The JHI-CDHI DH Postdoctoral Fellowship is a twelve-month position, from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024 supervised by Professor Elspeth Brown (Faculty Director of CDHI and Professor of Historical Studies) and Alison Keith (Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute and Professor of Classics and Women’s Studies). The JHI-CDHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow may seek additional research supervision from within UofT according to their own interests. They will have access to an office, equipment and collaborative digital working space at JHI. This fellowship award provides an annual stipend of $61,275 (CAD) plus benefits. The incumbent is welcome to seek up to two one-semester courses as a sessional instructor with the appropriate unit(s) at the University of Toronto. The JHI-CDHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to pursue their own research relevant to the JHI’s annual theme of Absence.

Eligibility and Attributes

Applicants must have completed their doctorate within five years of the beginning of the fellowship on 1 July 2023. Applicants who will defend their thesis before the end of May 2023 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be conditional on a successful defense. Applicants who received their Ph.D. prior to 1 July 2017 are ineligible. Applicants who are graduates of doctoral programs at the University of Toronto are eligible. This position is not open to those who hold a tenure-track position.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and have an established track record in the digital humanities, with a focus on critical DH. They will understand the history, development, and current state of the field; be able to assess institutional processes and policies; be willing to work with a range of scholars in and outside of their own field; desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment; and be committed to open-source development and open access scholarship.

The JHI-CDHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to citizens of all countries. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Engagement as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.


Complete the online application for this fellowship

You will be asked to upload the following documents in your application (please see our FAQ for further information about length and content):

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Project proposal
  4. Statement of Digital Humanities Research Interest, with specific reference to work in critical DH.
  5. Research Sample
  6. 100-word research description
  7. 100-word biographical statement

All documents must be compiled into a single file in PDF format. You will also be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two referees, whom we will contact to request letters of reference. Your referees will receive an automated request for their letters, which will be due on 7 December 2022.  Please ask your referees to watch for our request email.

If you SAVE your file without clicking SUBMIT, you will be able to edit your application and replace your application document until you click SUBMIT or the deadline passes. Please submit your application before the deadline. If you SAVE, you will receive a secret number that will enable you to re-enter your application. Please record this number; JHI staff will not have access to this information.


All applications must be submitted by 30 November 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.


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