The Dorothy F. Schmidt Doctoral Fellowship in Somaesthetics

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters invites applications for the Somaesthetics Doctoral Fellowship. The successful candidate will be an incoming or current student in the College's Ph.D. program in Comparative Studies.  Ideally, candidates will have an interest in a prospective dissertation topic or specific area of study related to the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics. The Somaesthetics Fellow will teach one course in either the fall or spring semester in one of the college’s allied departments.  In addition, the fellow will also work 10 hours a week during both semesters (only when classes are in session) as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Body, Mind and Culture under the direction of Dr. Richard Shusterman, the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities. The fellowship includes full tuition remission for all program credits and a stipend of $20,000 for the calendar year. Additional paid employment (in the summer and between semesters) could be available.

The fellowship appointment is renewable for up to a two year period.  Students who receive the fellowship will transition to a standard GTAship in a department germane to their program of study following their fellowship year(s), and will be supported for a total of four years while enrolled in the program.  For more information on Dr. Shusterman and his work, visit and the Center’s website:

For more information on this opportunity, please contact the Director of the PhD in Comparative Studies, Dr. Eric L. Berlatsky (