Postdoctoral Fellowships

University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish Studies


Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies

The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto offers a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships to support advanced research in Jewish Studies. The position will run July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021. Applicants must have completed their doctoral dissertations by July 1, 2019 on a topic related to the history, culture, literature or thought of the Jewish people. The successful candidate will receive a fellowship of $47,000 (CAD)per year as well as an additional $1500 to support participation in academic conferences. The Fellows will spend the 2019-21 academic years at the University of Toronto, during which time they are expected to continue their research; deliver a public lecture; teach one course in each of the two terms each year; and contribute to the intellectual life of the Centre for Jewish Studies. Applicants from foreign as well as Canadian universities are welcome.

Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest that describes the candidate’s research project; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a brief statement of teaching interests, including proposals for two undergraduate courses; (4) a writing sample, not to exceed 8,000 words. These materials should be emailed to the by October 26, 2018. By this date, applicants must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation emailed or sent by mail to:

Centre for Jewish Studies

University of Toronto

170 St. George Street, Room 218  

Toronto, ON   M5R 2M8



Postdoctoral Fellowship in Christian-Jewish Relations

The Centre for Jewish Studies (CJS), in partnership with the Toronto School of Theology (TST), invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the field of Christian-Jewish relations with a special interest in theology, broadly construed.  The postdoctoral fellow will engage in scholarship that contributes to the understanding of Jewish and Christian faiths and cultures and their inter-relationship. Housed in the CJS at the Jackman Building for the Humanities, the fellow will spend the year working on a defined research project, deliver two public lectures, and contribute to the intellectual life of the CJS and the TST by participating in reading groups, colloquia and other academic gatherings.  The public lectures will be called the Igor Kaplan Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations.

The successful candidate will be an employee of the University of Toronto and as a member of a bargaining unit will be subject to the UofT-CUPE (Unit 5) Collective Agreement. Remuneration is $36,500 per annum. An additional $1,000 will be available for research support, including conference travel or other professional purposes.   The position begins on 1 July 2019 and will terminate on 30 June 2020.

Applicants must hold a PhD in theology or religious studies (or in a humanities disciplines where both faiths have played a role in the doctoral research), completed nor more than three years prior to the application deadline.  Persons who are ABD are eligible to apply, but if appointed the fellow must defend the doctoral thesis before September 1, 2019 in order to retain the position.

To apply, please submit by email ( a cover letter that describes the candidate’s research project, including what the outcomes will be by the end of the fellowship (publication by the end of the fellowship is not a requirement, but applicants are encouraged to describe how the fellowship will facilitate future publication). Applicants must also include a curriculum vitae, a writing sample that does not exceed 8,000 words, and three letters of reference sent directly by the referee.  Applications must be received no later than October 31, 2018.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Policy, the University of Toronto encourages applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and person with disabilities.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.