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Fellowships and Eligibility

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.

You can read abstracts of past fellows’ research here.

A central aspect of the Center 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.

You can read about this year’s seminar theme here.

The Center also offers a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position every one to two years (see below). Information on becoming a Visiting Scholar at the Center can be found here.

The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics invites applications for 2022-2023 dissertation and faculty fellowships that engage the broad theme of “Revolutionary Arts.”

Wary of making politics an aesthetic in disguise, radical theory and practice have nevertheless embraced all kinds of artistic provocations and traditions in every form and genre. At the same time, the possibility for fundamental change demands a range of interpretive encounters that might elicit meanings for people whom Julius Scott, writing about a different time, described as “disenchanted people casting about for new options.” Such casting about combines both mobility and fixedness, and the multiple scales of experience generally breaching, but sometimes consolidating, existing institutional forms that register the ground or sea of social life. Intellectual and sensual sensibilities combine — whether on the common wind of Julius Scott’s magisterial treatise or in the reluctant nationalisms of for example Cabral’s Guinea Bissau. The production of space – which is, in the end, the purpose of revolution – requires individual and community self-expressions not only to mediate revolutionary desire, but also to help think through how change is experienced and what it might mean. It is of course ongoing  – as the provisional countertopographies of Katz’s global analysis makes apparent. From long-distance migrants who exploit laws designed to protect arts in order to remain, if liminally in place — as Sheikh and Marboeuf show, to the mirrored articulations of basic-needs provisions by bodies politic and spiritual during covid-19, that extends beyond nation (Navajo) state (Kerala) and faith (Sikh) boundaries, we might glimpse revolutionary arts in action even when unacknowledged. How can a glimpse become a reliable view? In their manifesto for an independent revolutionary art, Breton and Trotsky offer a classic dialectic and/or aesthetic chiasmus, “The independence of art — for the revolution.  The revolution — for the complete liberation of art!” If the slogan remains relevant it is because it points to a dynamic struggle in the ways social transformation is made and engaged, and how people revise their understanding of both limits and possibilities. How is this articulated across militant and interdisciplinary inquiry? What are the uprisings from below that help us understand how and to what extent art rejuvenates the idea of revolution. The seminar intends to galvanize discussions of revolutionary arts, both historically and in the important ways the crises of the present ask questions of them. The Center invites applicants to examine problems of revolutionary arts from a wide variety of interdisciplinary approaches. Are new methodologies and social and artistic expression in themselves revolutionary? What are the lessons of popular and collective art for radical activism?  Is the topic of art and revolution a question for forms of agency? If we are used to thinking of imagination as a social practice how might revolutionary arts mediate processes of social transformation?

THE CUNY GRADUATE CENTER DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION FOR THE 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR

Applications Due: Friday, January 14, 2022, 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 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 dissertation fellow applicants to provide a brief statement (250-300 words) highlighting the linkages of their research with the Center’s ongoing interdisciplinary agenda.  Kindly note: acceptance of the award is contingent on being able to attend the CPCP’s Wednesday morning (10am-noon) seminar during the academic year.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The completed application must be submitted no later than 5:00pm on Friday, January 14, 2022. The applications are to be submitted as per the following instructions. Your adviser must submit a letter of recommendation by the same deadline, January 15, 2021.

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 fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Sponzo at rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu. One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser (see instructions page). If you have questions, please contact Rachel Sponzo at rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu.

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 fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu.

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 fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu.

If you have any questions please contact rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu.

APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS 2022-2023

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 no later than 12:00pm. Your emailed application must be received on or before this date to be considered. Email faculty fellowships to pcp.gc.cuny.edu.

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-noon) seminar during the academic year.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

A completed  Faculty Fellow Application is comprised of four parts:

  • Completed faculty application form 2022 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 2021 conference description above (maximum 1500 words);
  • A current short CV (maximum 5 pages).

Submission guidelines:

Submit completed application by e-mail as a PDF attachment (including the signed application form) to pcp@gc.cuny.edu. Title email as: “FACULTY FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION”. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 no later than 12:00pm.

Inquiries about the faculty fellowship can be sent to pcp@gc.cuny.edu** 

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

The CPCP expects to hire a postdoc for 2022-2023. Please check back later for more information.