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NFC Doctoral Fellowship

The Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria College offers fellowships for doctoral students registered in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto who will have completed course work and exams and be in the writing stage of their dissertation by the time the fellowship begins on 1 September.

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NFC Undergraduate Research Award

Applications for 2020-21 are now closed.

The NFC Undergraduate Research Award provides Vic students with the opportunity to further their involvement with Humanities and Social Sciences research. Given that research in these fields occurs in a variety of ways, different types of proposals are encouraged and will be considered. Students should, in consultation with their faculty supervisor, propose a research project.

Please consult Faculty-Led Research Projects below for a list of projects you may wish to consider.

The funds may be taken as a form of stipend while conducting research (ie: while performing archival research and writing, or acting as a research assistant on a pre-existing project) or used to help cover a research trip. In each case, you must have a faculty supervisor who is willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf in which she/he comments on the project and approves the proposed budget if required.

If your proposal is successful, in addition to the research funds and mentoring, you will be given the title of “Northrop Frye Centre Undergraduate Fellow” and invited to participate in NFC activities during the academic year following conferral of the award. Additionally, you will communicate the results of your project at an undergraduate research colloquium. Projects that use the resources of the Victoria University Library are encouraged.

Value: up to $2,000

Deadline: April 20th 2020

Application Link: Applications closed.

NFC Visiting Fellowship

The Northrop Frye Centre offers non-stipendiary Visiting Fellowships to scholars working on research projects in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

NFC Visiting Fellows will have access to the University of Toronto library system and the E.J. Pratt Library’s special collections. Visiting Fellows are encouraged to attend and participate in Northrop Frye Centre and Victoria College events, and will be expected to communicate the results of their own research in a public lecture organized by the Centre.

If you have any further questions, please contact nfc@utoronto.ca

 Faculty-Led Research Projects 2019-2020

Commentary on Ovid’s Metamorphoses 4

Project Supervisor: Professor Alison Keith
Number of students: 1 or more

Ovid retells the best-known myths of classical antiquity in his grand epic Metamorphoses, which supplied European artists, musicians and authors with a cannon of classical myths that are still popular today in artistic genres undreamt of by the Latin poet (jazz, installation art, film…). The fourth book of the Metamorphoses includes some of the most popular of these myths — Pyramus & Thisbe, Medusa, Perseus & Andromeda, among others.

My project is the preparation of a commentary on Met. 4 for the Cambridge University Press ‘green & yellow’ commentary series. Research will be conducted on Ovid’s Latin lexicon; his metre (dactylic hexameter); and his Greek and Latin literary and textual sources. This research project is suitable for undergraduate students with three years of University-level Latin and/or Ancient Greek.

The NFC Undergraduate Fellow will be trained in: Hellenistic ethics; metrical and stylistic analysis of Latin epic; and recognizing verbal allusions in the Latin literary and classical philosophical traditions.

Required Skills: Students must have completed Intermediate Latin II (LAT202H2S)

Soviet Dissidence and Cultural Opposition: From Underground Publishing to Digital Media

Project Supervisor: Professor Ann Komaromi

Number of Students: 1 or more

The Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat (https://samizdatcollections.library.utoronto.ca) includes a database and electronic editions of Soviet underground journals, timelines and story maps using rare archival material to illustrate dissident movements, and interviews with activists. Undergraduate Research Fellows are invited to work on current projects targeted to unofficial Jewish cultural life or Nonconformist art. The project may involve developing visualization tools or public history presentations, editing of interviews and/or work on print editions.

Desired skills (not required): Languages (Russian or other FSU language), interest in digital humanities.