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.

Call for Applications: Edward W. Said Fellowship

Named in his honor, Edward W. Said Fellows receive a $5,000 research study award that is intended to offset the financial costs of consulting the Edward W. Said Papers in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.  Researchers early in their careers whose scholarship speaks across disciplinary boundaries, promotes humanistic inquiry in the service of intercultural communication and understanding, and addresses pressing global issues in the public sphere are especially encouraged to apply.  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.

Applicants are requested to specify the period and duration of their intended residency in New York City in their cover letter.  We ask that each residency (whatever its length: usually ranging between one month and one semester) overlaps whenever possible with the Fall or Spring term at Columbia (that is, September through December 2020 or January through May 2021).

Said Fellows must submit a report on the work undertaken within three months of the completion of their research visit.

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2020. Awards will be announced by 15 May 2020.

Eligibility: Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 2010 and 2020. 

Application Requirements:

  •  Research Proposal (1500 words), and a one-page bibliography
  •  Cover Letter (200 words), giving a brief description of the project and its engagement with the legacy of  Edward W. Said, as well as a specific timeline for the research visit
  •  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 Fellows 2020-2021 (e.g., “Hamilton, Alexander—EWS Fellowship 2020-21”).  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 Fellows 2020-2021”), and sent directly by recommenders to: [email protected]