Each academic year the Center appoints six doctoral student fellows from the Graduate Center, CUNY and six CUNY faculty fellows from throughout CUNY. Fellows are drawn from programs in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Faculty fellows receive a two course release for the year of their fellowship (to be distributed across the fall and spring semesters at the discretion of their department), and student fellows receive a stipend of $10,000. ONLY full-time CUNY faculty are eligible for faculty fellowships, and ONLY Level III CUNY doctoral students are eligible for Graduate Fellowships. Deadlines for these fellowships are announced below once they are determined.
A central aspect of the Center’s activities is a weekly seminar that meets every Wednesday morning from 10 AM-12 PM. This seminar is a chance to bring student and faculty fellows together with distinguished visiting scholars around the annual theme. All students and faculty fellows are expected to attend in person throughout their fellowship year.
The Center also offers a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position every one to two years (see below for details).
Information on becoming a Visiting Scholar at the Center can be found here.
You can read about CPCP annual seminar themes here.
You can read about past fellows here.
CPCP Seminar theme 2023-2024:
The State. Abolitionist? Fascist? Communist? Bourgeois?
In imagining and forging the future there is much talk of the state, but often with little detail. What should public goods consist of, and how might they be organized? Can the need for coercion (eg to pay taxes for public goods) be realized without the carceral and its underlying apparatuses of organized violence? What forms of sovereignty and its delegation (above or below) are possible and desirable? We are particularly interested in lessons from people struggling for resource sovereignty in the global south — across the entire scope of dispossession: land, water, housing, freedom to move or stay put. We are also interested in creative approaches to reflecting on the state — including fiction, film, visual and aural arts.
Applications Due: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 no later than 5:00pm
The application guidelines, cover sheet, and eligibility can be found here.
The Center for Place, Culture and Politics Dissertation Fellowship is open to Level 3 students from any discipline whose research articulates with topics that have contemporary urgency, regardless of period or methodological approach. The Center runs a lively interdisciplinary weekly seminar in which we discuss fellows’ work-in-progress. We also host distinguished lecture series and other special programming, and sponsor conferences organized around annual themes. Recent yearlong topics have included “Urban Uprisings,” “Mobilizations and Migrations,” “Consciousness and Revolution,” “The Agrarian Question Today,” and “Revolutionary Arts.” We invite dissertation fellow applicants to provide a brief statement (250-300 words) highlighting the linkages of their research with the Center’s 2023-2024 theme: The State. Abolitionist? Fascist? Communist? Bourgeois? Kindly note: acceptance of the award is contingent on being able to attend the CPCP’s Wednesday morning (10am-noon) seminar throughout the academic year.
The completed application must be submitted no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. The applications are to be submitted as per the following instructions. Your adviser must submit a letter of recommendation by the same deadline, January 17, 2023.
The application materials should be assembled AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT in pdf or word format in the following order:
a. Application cover sheet
b. Statement of applicability for special focus awards (if applicable, see award descriptions for details)
c. 9-page proposal
d. 1-page bibliography
e. 2-page CV
f. Graduate Center Transcript (unofficial student copy is sufficient)
g. A brief statement (250-300 words) highlighting the linkages of their research with the Center’s ongoing interdisciplinary agenda.
One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser (see instructions page).
These materials should not be submitted directly to the CPCP, but to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct questions to Rachel Sponzo at email@example.com.
Instructions for submitting your application:
1. Combine your cover sheet, proposal (including abstract and bibliography), curriculum vitae, and transcript, into a SINGLE file (either as a pdf document or a word document).
• Use the following format when naming your document: Last Name, First Name, Program
2. Email the single application file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Complete the online section of the application through the following form: Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship Competition
* You must use your Graduate Center email address when you submit both parts of the application. All award notifications will also be sent to your Graduate Center email.
Instructions for Faculty Recommenders
1. Prepare your reference letter as a regular word or pdf document, on letterhead.
• Please use the following format when naming your document: Student Last Name, First Name
2. Email your letter as an attachment to email@example.com.
Please direct questions to Rachel Sponzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 no later than 12:00pm. Your emailed application must be received on or before this date to be considered.
Email faculty fellowship applications to email@example.com.
The Center for Place, Culture and Politics Faculty Fellowship is open to faculty from any discipline whose research articulates with topics that have contemporary urgency, regardless of period or methodological approach. The Center runs a lively weekly seminar in which we discuss fellows’ work-in-progress. We also host distinguished lecture series and other special programming, and sponsor conferences organized around annual themes. Recent yearlong topics have included “Urban Uprisings,” “Mobilizations and Migrations,” “Consciousness and Revolution,” and “The Agrarian Question Today.”
We invite faculty fellow applicants to provide a statement (1500 words) on their research that highlights the linkages of their research with the Center’s ongoing interdisciplinary agenda (see below for complete application instructions and application form). Kindly note: acceptance of the award is contingent on being able to attend the CPCP’s Wednesday morning (10am-12pm) seminar during the academic year.
A completed Faculty Fellow Application is comprised of four parts:
- Completed faculty application form 2023 that includes the signature of the program Executive Officer for faculty with Graduate School and University Center (GSUC) appointments or of Department chairs for non-GSUC appointments;
- 150 words abstract;
- Project description that relates your project to the CPCP’s wide range of interdisciplinary engagement, as demonstrated in the 2022 conference description above (maximum 1500 words);
- A current short CV (maximum 5 pages).
Submit completed application by e-mail as a PDF attachment (including the signed application form) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “FACULTY FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION”. **This email address should be used only for submission of the application materials. All inquiries about the application process or about the CPCP should be sent to email@example.com.
The application deadline is Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 no later than 12:00pm.
The CPCP expects to hire a postdoc for 2023-2024. Please check back later or sign up for our newsletter on the homepage for more information.