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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

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ANNOUNCING THE 2018-19 GIDEST FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PRACTICE

DEADLINE: Monday, February 12, 2018

GIDEST invites applications from New School faculty and doctoral students for resident fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year. Fellows will be based in the GIDEST Lab in the University Center and will develop individual projects in dialogue with the group of GIDEST fellows. We offer five faculty fellowships, including one artist-in-residence fellowship, and five doctoral fellowships.

FACULTY RESEARCH AND ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE FELLOWSHIPS

A total of five GIDEST faculty fellowships are available in two categories: Faculty Research Fellowships are open to all full-time New School faculty; the Faculty Artist-in-Residence Fellowship is open to both full- and part-time faculty. All faculty fellows will receive two course releases from teaching requirements for the academic year 2018-19, subject to agreement with their home department and division, and $1,500 in research or production funds.

 Applicants for the GIDEST Faculty Research Fellowship are invited to propose research projects based in scholarly and/or other creative practice that further GIDEST’s commitment to empirically-grounded cross-disciplinarity and experiment. Ideal projects will draw either singly or in combination on social theory, social research, performance, art, and design; they may incorporate a wide range of practices, including but not limited to text-based scholarship, photography, film/video, illustration, sound, music, creative writing, and social engagement. Fellows are expected to complete a substantial portion of the proposed project during the fellowship period.

Applicants for the GIDEST Faculty Artist-in-Residence Fellowship are invited to propose a project for the 2018-19 academic year that involves public exhibition, installation, performance, or other modalities. The GIDEST Lab at the University Center is available to the artist-in-residence as a site for production or exhibition, and ideal applications will propose imaginative ways to occupy and utilize this multi-use space. Artist-in-Residence fellows and GIDEST faculty research and doctoral fellows will maintain a sustained engagement with each other’s work that may result in collaborations. GIDEST faculty and doctoral fellows will be invited to produce reflections on the artist-in-residence's work that will be archived alongside the project on the GIDEST website and/or in print.

All GIDEST faculty fellows are expected to participate in weekly meetings on Fridays throughout the academic year, to present their research to the GIDEST community on at least one occasion, to engage actively with the work of visiting seminar guests and the other GIDEST fellows, and to act as academic mentors to GIDEST doctoral fellows. Friday meetings include both the biweekly public GIDEST seminar (followed by lunch and an internal session with the seminar speaker) and additional biweekly internal sessions in which GIDEST fellows workshop their own and other fellows’ research. GIDEST fellows are obliged to attend all of these meetings during the period of their appointment.

In addition to the quality of the proposal and its relevance to the Institute’s key goals, selection of all faculty fellows will take into account the openness of the proposed project to cross-disciplinary dialogue, and the diversity of discipline, approach, and rank of the incoming cohort of fellows. Faculty from any division of The New School may apply. Preference will be given to faculty whose work will benefit from and contribute to GIDEST’s cross-disciplinary and collaborative environment.

Application materials for all faculty fellowships should be sent in a single PDF document with the following sections:

1.     Completed application form (application form can be downloaded here)

2.     A two-page research proposal that states the aims, conceptual basis, methodology, and significance of the proposed project; that clearly articulates its connections to GIDEST; and that details the projected outcomes of the fellowship period

3.     A one-page project bibliography

4.     Curriculum Vitae that includes an itemized list of all internal and external research funding received while at The New School.

Supporting letter:

  • Applicants should request a letter to be sent directly to GIDEST@newschool.edu from the appropriate department chair and/or school dean indicating support at both the departmental and divisional level for GIDEST-funded course release. Applications cannot be considered without this letter of support.

To facilitate university curriculum planning, faculty applicants are requested to notify their chair or dean at the earliest opportunity of their intention to apply.

All faculty fellowship application materials including letter of support must be sent by midnight on Monday, February 12, 2018, to GIDEST@newschool.edu with the subject line “Faculty fellowship.” Late applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by the GIDEST Steering Committee and decisions announced in late February 2018.

DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

GIDEST invites New School doctoral students to apply for the 2018-19 GIDEST Doctoral Research Fellowship. Each doctoral fellow will receive a $20,000 stipend for the 2018–2019 academic year. In return, doctoral fellows commit to participating in weekly meetings on Fridays throughout the academic year, to present their research to the GIDEST fellows on at least one occasion, and to engage actively with the work of visiting seminar guests and the other GIDEST fellows. Friday meetings include both the biweekly public GIDEST seminar (followed by lunch and an internal session with the seminar speaker) and additional biweekly internal sessions in which GIDEST fellows workshop their own and other fellows’ research. GIDEST fellows are obliged to attend all of these meetings during the period of their appointment.

In addition to the quality of the proposed research and its relevance to the institute’s key goals, selection of doctoral fellows will take into account the openness of the proposed project to cross-disciplinary dialogue, and the diversity of discipline and approach of the incoming cohort of fellows.

Preference will be given to doctoral applicants who have completed their Qualifying Exams or Prospectus and advanced to candidacy. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who will be writing their dissertation during the fellowship year and whose work will benefit from and contribute to GIDEST’s cross-disciplinary and collaborative environment.

Application materials for doctoral research fellowships should be sent in a single PDF document with the following sections: 

1.     Completed application form (application form can be downloaded here)

2.     A two-page research proposal that states the aims, conceptual basis, methodology, and significance of the proposed project; and clearly articulates its connections to GIDEST 

3.     A one-page project bibliography

4.     Curriculum Vitae

5.     Current New School transcript

Supporting letter:  

  • Applicants should request a brief letter of endorsement from their faculty advisor to be sent directly to GIDEST@newschool.edu. The letter should indicate whether the applicant has advanced to candidacy and, if not, when this is expected to take place. For advanced students, it should include the expected date of completion of the Ph.D.

All doctoral fellowship application materials including the letter of endorsement must be sent by midnight on Monday, February 12, 2018, to GIDEST@newschool.edu with the subject line “Doctoral fellowship.” Late applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by the GIDEST Steering Committee and decisions announced in late February 2018.

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