Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Deadline January 12, 2023
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School of Criticism and Theory Tuition Fellowship

Funding Opportunity

The Cogut Institute sponsors two participants each year at the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) hosted by Cornell University. Sponsored participants are guaranteed a place in the program, with tuition paid by the Cogut Institute. Sponsored participants can be advanced graduate students or faculty members. An additional housing allowance of up to $1,500, reimbursed with proper documentation, is included for graduate students.

The School of Criticism and Theory, currently headed by Hent de Vries (New York University), is “an international program of study with leading figures in critical thought.” It is held every year between mid-June and late July on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. Participants have the opportunity to join a six-week seminar as well as mini-seminars and lectures.

2023 session

Participants in the 2023 session will work in one of four six-week seminars offered by Martin Hägglund (Yale University) on "The Fundamental Ontology of Life," Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) on "Concepts of the Ordinary," Alexandre Lefebvre (University of Sydney) on "The First and the Last Liberal: Michel de Montaigne and John Rawls," and Dianne M. Stewart (Emory University) on "The Ties that Bind: Global Black Feminisms and Womanisms."

Each faculty member offers, in addition, a public lecture and a colloquium (based on an original paper) which are attended by the entire group. The program also includes mini-seminars taught by scholars who visit for shorter periods, and throughout the six weeks, distinguished theorists visit the SCT as lecturers.

Read more about the 2023 session


Applicants must be faculty members or doctoral students at Brown University.

Doctoral students should:

  • Have passed their exams and advanced to the dissertation writing stage.
  • Have the support of their advisor and director of graduate studies.
  • Not be beyond the sixth year of their doctoral program.


Applications are due by Thursday, January 12, 2023.

You must be logged into your Brown University email account to access the form. Applicants should submit:

  1. A statement of purpose. The statement of purpose should not exceed 1,000 words. It should describe current scholarly interests and plans and explain how the SCT might further those interests and plans. The statement should include information about courses taken and/or taught in criticism and theory.
  2. A CV

Letters of Recommendation

In addition, applicants should submit:

  1. Two letters of recommendation, to be emailed separately to Applications are not considered complete until letters of recommendation have been received.

Selections are made by the governing board of the Cogut Institute. Upon selection, sponsored participants will be asked to submit their statement of purpose and CV through the SCT application system and be provided with a letter of support from the Cogut Institute.


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