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School of Criticism & Theory Application

School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University

**Due to COVID-19 related issues, the Critical Theory Cluster will not be offering a SCT tuition fellowship for Summer 2021. If interested, we encourage you to consider applying for the Summer 2021 SCT session on your own. You can find more information about the Summer 2021 session here: as well as on the SCT 2021 Brochure.

The Critical Theory Cluster selects one graduate student per year (selected candidates are usually of advanced standing) to participate in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. Acceptance by the SCT is pre-approved, and  funding is provided by The Graduate School (TGS).  The funding provided by TGS is to support the tuition cost to attend SCT.  Funding is not provided for travel and accommodations; the participant should apply for other sources of funding for travel and accommodation costs.

SCT 2021 program details, including information about seminars and how to apply directly to SCT, can be found here: 
The SCT deadline to apply is February 1, 2021.

The Critical Theory Cluster at Northwestern is not accepting applications for the SCT tuition fellowship for 2021. We will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2022 SCT session in January 2022. If you have questions, please reach out to Sarah Peters (

The application should include:

The selected Northwestern participant will need to also apply directly to SCT before February 1. The selected participant only needs to submit their CV, a Letter of Intent, and a letter of support from Critical Theory. If you were not selected as Northwestern's participant, but would still like to apply on your own to SCT, you will need to submit the complete set of application materials.

Important Note:

The funded graduate student returning from the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) should be willing to "bring back" some of their SCT experience to Northwestern by organizing a follow-up event (e.g., a visiting speaker, organizing a reading group) based on a set of issues and texts encountered at the SCT.  As appropriate, the text(s) and topic(s) of discussion chosen by the graduate student can be directly related to the student's work and theoretical interests. The Critical Theory Cluster provides organizational assistance.

Students who are not selected but are keen to attend in this particular year can apply on their own to SCT (deadline: February 1). More information can be found on the SCT website: Students may request funding support to attend from other sources (home departments, TGS, other sources). SCT seminars are attended for the most part by graduate students who are ABD.

Preference may be given to students whose research focus reflects an overlap of criticism, theory (including literary theory) and political, or social theory; and/or students best placed (in terms of the current stage of their research and/or dissertation) to benefit from the SCT participation.

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