Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory Fellowships for the

School of Criticism and Theory
at Cornell University


See how previous Unit fellows enjoyed their SCT experience:

*Jeffrey Okla Elliot and Roman Friedman on their experiences as SCT 2015 fellows.

* Andrew Santana Kaplan and Brenda Sanya on their experiences as SCT 2014 fellows.

* Julie McCormick Weng and Brandon Jones on their experiences as SCT 2013 fellows.

* Ben Bascom and Michael Uhall on their experiences as SCT 2012 fellows.

* Chase Dimock and Claire Barber on their experiences as SCT 2011 fellows.

* Ergin Bulut and Austin Riede on their experiences as SCT 2010 fellows.

* Melissa Free and Zia Gluhbegivic on their experiences as SCT 2007 fellows.

Announcement for Summer 2016:

Nicholson Graduate Student Fellowship Competition 
2016 School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. 
General Information: 
The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will once again offer two graduate student fellowships to the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University. Currently directed by Professor Hent de Vries of Johns Hopkins, the SCT is a six-week summer institute that has existed for more than thirty years and provides the opportunity for graduate students and faculty members to take seminars with some of the world’s leading critical theorists. The SCT provides an unparalleled opportunity for advanced training in critical theory and for making connections with an international cohort of peers and world-class scholars. 

This summer’s SCT will take place between June 19-July 29, 2016 and will feature the following six-week seminars, from which participants must pick one (full descriptions here):

-- Branka Arsić, “Material Life: Vitalism From Spinoza to Deleuze”
-- Warren Breckman, “The Machiavellian Moment of Radical Democracy” 
-- W. J. T. Mitchell, “Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture” 
-- Renata Salecl, “The Right to Ignorance: Psychoanalysis and Secrets in Times of Surveillance” 
Additional mini-seminars for all SCT participants will be given by Sandra L. Bermann, Sharon Cameron, Matthew Engelke, and Diana Sorensen. Visiting guest lecturers include Homi Bhabha, Marjorie Levinson, andTimothy Murray
More information about the SCT and more detailed seminar descriptions are available on their website
Under the SCT’s “Sponsored Participant” program, the Unit for Criticism will be able to select two graduate students this year to send to Cornell; with the help of funds from the Nicholson Gift Fund, LAS, and the Graduate College, we will pay for the entire SCT tuition, and also contribute $1,400 for housing, food, and transportation costs. (On campus housing at Cornell costs $1,100, but less expensive options in town are also possible.) The Sponsored Participants chosen by the Unit do not have to go through the SCT application process; they simply file an abbreviated application and are generally guaranteed the seminar of their choice. 
Students who would like to apply to be one of the Unit for Criticism’s Nicholson Fellows/Sponsored Participants should read the guidelines below and submit the necessary materials by email NO LATER THAN January 20, 2016 at 5pm Please email applications directly to Susan Koshy (skoshy@illinois.edu).  No hard copies are necessary. 
The fellowships will be awarded soon after and applications and other materials are due at Cornell by February 1. Fellowships will be awarded by a selection committee made up of the Unit’s multidisciplinary advisory committee. Please note that the SCT recommends that students be in their post-coursework phase of scholarship and that preference will be given to more advanced students. However, all students who meet the Eligibility Criteria described below are eligible to apply. 
Application materials: 
1. A short cover letter that a) gives the names of two Illinois faculty references and b) indicates which six-week seminar the student would like to attend. (Please note that faculty members will not necessarily be contacted for references.)  Please use the following format for naming the file for your cover letter:  LASTNAME_SCT-coverletter.

2. A statement of approximately two pages single-spaced describing current scholarly interests and plans and description of how the SCT might further the latter. The statement should include information about courses taken in critical theory and about ongoing and projected research projects. It should also clarify what your current status is in your program (i.e. ABD, taking courses, etc.). Please be sure to connect your interests and research to the particular seminar you would like to attend. This is the most important part of your application. 
Please use the following format for naming the file for your statement: LASTNAME_SCT-statement.

3. A current c.v.  Please use the following format for naming the file for your c.v.: LASTNAME_SCT-cv 
If your application is accepted by the Unit for Criticism, you will need to submit a truncated set of application materials to the SCT by February 1.  (As above, the Unit’s Sponsored Participants’ will automatically be given special consideration by the SCT) 
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Unit for Criticism Director Susan Koshy (skoshy@illinois.edu) after consulting the Unit's website which includes testimonials from previous Unit students who have attended SCT.

 Eligibility Guidelines: 
1. Applicants must be full-time graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program at UIUC who will either return to UIUC in Spring 2016 or graduate in May 2016. 
2. Applicants must be affiliated students of the Unit for Criticism, but Unit applications can be submitted prior to the deadline. See our website for procedures for affiliation.