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School of Criticism & Theory Application

School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University

June 16 - July 25, 2019

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 2019 program details can be found here: 

On the SCT website, you will find:

Application due date (for Northwestern applicants) is January 14, 2019. 

Please send application materials to Sarah Peters at:

The application should include:

Important Note:

The funded graduate student returning from the 2019 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 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.

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