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.

Grants of up to $20,000 (depending upon length of stay) will be awarded to subsidize a short-term residency at Columbia, from one month to one semester.  Applicants are requested to specify the period and duration of their intended residency in New York City in their cover letter.

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 3 April 2017.  Awards will be announced by 15 May 2017.

 Eligibility: Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 2007 and 2017.

 Application Requirements:

  • 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)

 Submission Guidelines:

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 2017-18 (e.g., “Hamilton, Alexander—EWS Fellowship 2017-18”).  Send the application file as an attachment in an email to: [email protected]

Recommendations must also be attached as a PDF document, labeled as above (e.g., “Recommendation for Hamilton, Alexander—EWS Fellowship 2017-18”), and sent directly by recommenders to: EdwardWSaidFellowship@columbia.edu

 

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