School of Criticism & Theory Application

School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University

June 17 - July 26, 2018


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 supports tuition, accommodation and domestic travel for one student annually.

SCT 2018 program details can be found here: http://sct.cornell.edu/ 

On the SCT website, you will find:

  • The SCT brochure, prospectus, newsletter and information about how to apply directly to SCT.
  • Information about the 2018 seminar leaders: Eduardo Cadava, Peter Gordon, Sharon Marcus, Tracy McNulty, Veena Das, Bernard E. Harcourt, Samuel Moyn, and Avital Ronell.

Application due date (for Northwestern applicants) is January 15, 2018. 

Please send application materials to Sarah Peters at: criticaltheory@northwestern.edu

The application should include:

  • C.V., specifying your: 1) year of study at NU, 2)whether you are ABD, 3)relevant courses taken at NU and elsewhere, 4)relevant TA and similar experience
  • a one-page rationale and plan of study
  • account of SCT-related interests, including which seminar you would like to attend, and why
  • the names of two recommenders (one of whom should be your advisor)

Important Note:

The funded graduate student returning from the 2018 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: http://sct.cornell.edu/. Students have sometimes been able to raise money for attendance through their departments or 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.