PIKSI SUMMER INSTITUTES FOR UGRADS – Penn State and MIT/UMBoston

PIKSI 2017   A SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR UNDERGRADUATES

PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups such as women, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTs, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply. Transportation and lodging are provided. Stipends are awarded to all.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Undergraduates — JANUARY 31, 2017

Graduate Assistants (PIKSI-Rock only) — JANUARY 31, 2017

For more information visit: piksi.org

PIKSI ROCK

Rock Ethics Institute/Penn State

Date: June 21-30, 2017

Director: Serene Khader

Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Theme: Philosophy and Social Justice

Speakers:

Linda Martín Alcoff

CUNY Graduate Center/Hunter College

José Medina 

Vanderbilt University

Kris Sealey

Fairfield University

 

PIKSI BOSTON

MIT/UMB

Date: June 20-27, 2017

Directors: Lisa Rivera

University of Massachusetts Boston

Keota Fields

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Speakers:

Sally Haslanger

MIT

Quayshawn Spencer

University of Pennsylvania

Michaela McSweeney

Boston University

Avery Archer

George Washington University

Jennifer Morton

CUNY

Jennifer Marusic

Brandeis University

Dilly Ninan

Tufts University

Lionel McPherson

Tufts University

For more information visit: piksi.org

Contact: info@piksi.org

SPONSORS: THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION, AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION – PENN STATE’S ROCK ETHICS INSTITUTE, COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS, AND DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY – MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY – STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY – UNIVERSITY OF OREGON – UNIVERSITY OF IOWA – IRIS MARION YOUNG DIVERSITY SCHOLARS FUND – ANN ARBOR PHILOSOPHERS’ PIKSI FUNDING INITIATIVE – ASSOCIATION OF FEMINIST ETHICS AND SOCIAL THEORY – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS-HARVARD UNIVERSITY-TUFTS UNIVERSITY

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – BERGGRUEN PHILOSOPHY PRIZE $1Million

To be awarded for the first time in 2016, the Berggruen Philosophy Prize will honor a living thinker whose ideas are of basic importance for contemporary life. It is intended to call attention to the role of ideas, of deep and careful thought, and with them humanistic scholarship and social research. The winner will receive $1 million dollars.

 

1. Nomination Criteria
The Berggruen Prize Jury is responsible for selecting the Prize Laureates. Nominations for the Prize may be submitted by any person; however,  a nomination for yourself will not be considered valid.
2. Nomination Process

2.1 The nomination need not be lengthy, but should include:

• Information on the nominee

• Information on the nominator
• An explanation of why the individual is considered by the nominator to be a worthy candidate for the Prize

To nominate, go to:

http://philosophyandculture.berggruen.org/councils/5

PRE-DOCS at MIT

The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for the 2016-2017 Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships.

The purpose of the Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships program is to enhance diversity in the School and to provide the Fellow with additional professional support and mentoring as they enter the field.

The fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of SHASS and the higher education community. Applicants from members of racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in the humanities and social sciences and from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

These Fellowships support graduate scholars for a 9-month appointment at MIT that generally runs from September through May. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan a career in higher education and have completed all other PhD requirements to finish their dissertations with access to libraries and faculty of the School. Fellows may be pursuing the PhD degree in any discipline or area taught in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  Current fields of study can be viewed on the MIT-SHASS website. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a department or program in the School. Fellows will not be required to teach while at MIT.

This year up to seven Fellowships will be awarded.  Each Fellowship provides a stipend of $37,500, office area, and library privileges.

In order to qualify for this Fellowship candidates must be:

  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Enrolled in a PhD program in the humanities or social sciences at an accredited institution other than MIT, have passed their PhD qualifying examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal.
  • Be a student of exceptional academic merit who belongs to a group underrepresented in higher education.

Applications consist of:

  • A 2-3 page personal statement describing the student’s work, dissertation, and providing any information that the student would like to present to the selection committee.  The statement should address the dissertation’s aim, methodologies (how the student will conduct the research), originality, and contribution to its field.
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Letter from Advisor

All applications and attached materials are due no later than Monday, May 2, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Late applications will not be considered.

These materials should be sent to the SHASS Dean’s office at predoc-shass@mit.edu. They can be transmitted in more than one email.

Questions can be addressed to the SHASS Dean’s office at predoc-shass@mit.edu.

For further information go to:

http://shass.mit.edu/inside/resources/internal/diversity-predoc

 

APA SMALL GRANT PROPOSALS FOR DIVERSITY PROJECTS

$25,000 per year for projects that benefit the profession. The APA Eastern Division provides $25,000 per year for the APA to allocate among approved projects of around $5000 each. Proposals will be reviewed at the fall meeting of the APA board, normally held in November. Proposals must be submitted no later than June 30 each year.

http://www.apaonline.org/?grantfund

 

APA LARGE GRANT FUNDING FOR INCLUSIVENESS PROJECTS

$20,000 each year available in grants to fund large projects aiming to increase the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy. Apply directly to Amy Ferrer, Executive Director of the APA at aferrer@udel.edu. Applications are due June 30th of each year.

http://www.apaonline.org/?page=grants

 

TWO YEAR POST DOC – Occidental College

The Philosophy Department at Occidental College has a two-year postdoctoral fellowship opening, beginning August 2016. We are looking for someone interested in working with current faculty members to develop courses that enhance undergraduate research, especially for underrepresented and first-generation students, and which foster collaboration with community institutions. An interest in innovative uses of digital technology will also be valued.
The teaching load is four courses a year on the semester system. Areas of specialization and competence are open, but the fellow will be expected to teach introduction to philosophy, a first year research-writing seminar, and two of the following: philosophy of art, philosophy of race, feminism, environmental ethics, global justice, and contemporary moral philosophy. The fellow’s responsibilities also include mentoring undergraduate research students, and participating in both summer and academic-year faculty learning communities. A completed PhD is required by time of appointment.
Please see the ad at http://philjobs.org/job/show/4043 ,and at the Occidental College Website: http://www.oxy.edu/humanresources/working-oxy/faculty-positions.

MINORITY SCHOLARS DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP – U of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco has a minority scholars dissertation fellowship that, in exchange for a modest amount of teaching, gives folks some time to finish a dissertation and live in the Bay Area for a year. One is potentially available in philosophy this year, so if you know someone who could use a final year of dissertation support and fits the profile of the program, see the information below.
GMDS Dissertation Fellowship job posting:
https://www.usfjobs.com/postings/10129

More about the program can be found here:
https://www.usfca.edu/diversity/programs-services/gerardo-marin-fellowships

DIVERSITY POST DOCS – U of Pennsylvania

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program is a competitive program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research at both the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  Both organizations seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at either Penn or CHOP. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

For more information:

http://www.upenn.edu/research/postdocs_students/postdoctoral_fellowships_for_academic_diversity/

 

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM FELLOWSHIPS – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is now accepting applications for the 2016–17 Fellowship Competition, September 1–November 30, 2015.


Please vist: http://www.ushmm.org/research/competitive-academic-programs/fellowship-competition for the full call for applications and the link to the online application system. 

 

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards fellowships on a competitive basis to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. We welcome proposals from scholars in all academic disciplines, including but not limited to history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, and law.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIPS

The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Because a principal focus of the program is to ensure the development of a new generation of Holocaust scholars, we especially encourage scholars early in their careers to apply. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic and/or research institution when applying for a fellowship. We will also consider immediate post-docs and faculty between appointments. Proposals from applicants conducting research outside the discipline of history or on Mandel Center strategic priorities are especially encouraged, including literature and the Holocaust; projects utilizing the ITS collection; Jewish and especially Sephardic experiences of persecution; the Holocaust as it occurred in the Soviet Union, and the Holocaust as it occurred in North Africa.

The specific fellowship and the length of the award are at the Mandel Center’s discretion. Individual awards generally range up to eight consecutive months of residency; a minimum of three consecutive months is required. No exceptions are allowed. Fellowships of five months or longer have proven most effective.

Stipends range up to $3,500 per month for the purpose of defraying local housing and other miscellaneous living expenses and are subject to US tax law. Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area receive a reduced stipend of $1,750 per month. Awards include a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from Washington, DC. Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area do not receive a travel stipend. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Mandel Center cannot provide individual tax advice.

The Mandel Center is able to provide visa assistance to fellows and their dependents, if necessary. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance. We do not provide support allowances for accompanying family members.

Fellowship winners will have access to flexible work space stations, computer, telephone, facsimile machine, and photocopier. We encourage cost-sharing by home institutions or other relevant organizations to extend the residency of the applicant at the Mandel Center or to make possible additional research at other institutions in the Unites States and abroad.

Fellowships may start as early as August 1, 2016 and must be completed no later than December 31, 2017

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

All applications must be submitted in English via an online application process. All applications must consist of the following:

  • An online application form (https://apply.ushmm.org/)
  • A project proposal, in PDF format, not to exceed five single-spaced pages
  • A curriculum vitae summary, in PDF format, not to exceed four single-spaced pages
  • Two signed letters of recommendation that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out. Members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council’s Academic Committee may not write letters of recommendation.  Only two letters will be considered. Any additional letters will not be included in the applicant’s file. Letters of recommendation must be received before November 30, 2015, and come directly from the references, not from the applicant. Directions on how to submit letters of recommendation can be found within the online application form.

Successful project proposals should highlight the resources available at the Museum that scholars will need to access in order to support their research. An addendum listing these resources may be attached in addition to the five-page project proposal. Important resources may also be referenced in the body of the project proposal. To search the Museum’s holdings, visit http://collections.ushmm.org/search/.

Decisions will be announced in late April 2016.

CONTACT

Please direct inquiries to:

Jo-Ellyn Decker, Program Manager
vscholars@ushmm.org
Visiting Scholar Programs
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

PRINCETON UCHV RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships for the academic year 2016-17. Fellows devote an academic year in residence at Princeton to research and writing about topics involving human values in public and private life. The program is open to scholars in all disciplines provided their research plans qualify. In recent years fellows have been drawn from fields including philosophy, political theory, literature, history, classics, economics and law, but this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

Fellows are expected to reside in or around Princeton and to be active contributors to the intellectual life of the Center. This includes participating in a weekly seminar attended by fellows and Center faculty to discuss work in progress and in various other seminars, colloquia and lectures sponsored by the Center. Fellows enjoy access to Firestone Library and to a wide range of activities throughout the University.

Candidates should have a doctorate or equivalent professional degree and a strong record of research publications appropriate to their career stage. Typically Fellows hold faculty positions at other universities or colleges; in exceptional cases we consider applications from independent scholars when there is a high level of scholarly achievement. This is not a post-doctoral fellowship program and we do not generally consider candidates who will have held the Ph.D. for less than two years at the time of appointment.

The fellowship period extends from September 1 to July 1. Fellows normally receive stipends of up to one-half their academic-year salaries (subject to a minimum and maximum set each fall). Ordinarily their home institutions provide a portion of their salaries in addition to all benefits, although this is not a requirement for appointment.  Stipends for independent scholars will not exceed the maximum for fellows holding appointments elsewhere.

The main considerations in the evaluation of applications are the following:

  • The significance of the proposed research and its relevance to the purposes of the University Center for Human Values (see http://uchv.princeton.edu/ for more information);
  • The quality of a candidate’s previous research and the contribution the candidate is likely to make in the future through teaching and writing;
  • The likelihood that the research would benefit from being conducted in the University Center environment.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates should submit an online application at http://jobs.princeton.edu. Search for requisition number #1500457. The following materials will be required:

  1. A curriculum vitae;
  2. A scholarly paper (of no more than about 12,000 words) written in the past three years;
  3. A statement (of no more than 1,500 words) describing the proposed research project and including a brief working title for the project; and
  4. Contact information for three referees, including at least one who was not a graduate advisor.  Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

These materials should be submitted online by Monday, November 2, 2015.  We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by November 5. The selection committee begins reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. Decisions are expected to be announced by March 1, 2016.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

HARVARD SAFRA CENTER FELLOWSHIPS IN RESIDENCE – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

 

Fellows-in-Residence

Call for Applications2016-17

 

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University invites applications for the Fellows-in-Residence program under the direction of Professor Danielle Allen. The program brings together a small group of Fellows to work closely over the course of the year on pressing issues in ethics. The majority of Fellows will be selected in relation to an annual theme, but in each year some “open” slots will be reserved for applicants working on any issue in ethics. In each year, the goal will be to craft a cohort in which “thematic” fellows and “open” fellows will all find valuable intellectual partnerships to support and spur their work. For the 2016-17 academic year, the theme at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will again be Diversity, Justice, and Democracy. The purpose of this theme is to explore how to achieve fair and just forms of democratic life in conditions of significant demographic diversity.

 

More than 200 years into the modern experiment with democratic forms of rule, democratic aspirations continue to founder on the rocks of racial and ethnic hierarchies, and other patterns of domination constructed on social categorizations of difference. In the case of the U.S., African American disadvantage continues to be entrenched, fifty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 transformed the legal landscape; Latino disadvantage has also emerged as a pressing problem as has a low level of political engagement among Asian Americans. In Europe, we are witnessing the resurgence of the far-right, in response to dramatic demographic diversification, occurring simultaneously with economic instability. Civil war related to ethnic violence has devastated many African countries in recent years. India has the world’s largest affirmative action program and yet to cross caste and religious lines in marriage is to open oneself and one’s family to abuse and often murder by the locally dominant. These are just a small set of examples of the hard problems that currently define the political and ethical landscape of democracy in contexts of diversity.

 

The question of how to achieve fair and just forms of democratic life in conditions of significant demographic diversity must be tackled afresh, from the ground up. Importantly, pursuing answers to this question requires uniting normative and positive, or ethical and empirical, forms of expertise, through multi-disciplinary partnership. The ethics of diversity also intersect with important work in all of the professional schools. Conversations around this theme that unite faculty in the arts and sciences with faculty in the professional schools would be productive. And, of course, issues pertaining to the ethics of diversity constantly generate tensions for university campuses themselves. The theme should provide a context for advancing a research-based understanding of how college campuses too can do better at the ethics of diversity.

 

Residency and Requirements: The one-year fellowship term runs the course of the academic year, typically from the beginning of September through the end of May. All Fellows-in-Residence will be expected to devote the majority of their time to their individual projects and to participate in regular work-in-progress seminars. In addition, Fellows whose work intersects most directly with the annual theme will be invited to participate in the thematic components of the Center’s programming, which will consist of public lectures, conferences, and workshops.

 

Eligibility: A broad range of researchers is invited to submit proposals to become residential Fellows. Tenured and untenured faculty are invited to participate. Postdoctoral applications are encouraged, as well as proposals from researchers in industry, government, or NGOs seeking sabbatical time to pursue research directly relevant to ethical issues. Applicants from any discipline or professional field will be considered. Each applicant should propose an individual research and/or writing project. Applicants must have a PhD, professional degree, or equivalent professional experience. The Fellowships are open to all regardless of citizenship.

 

How to Apply

  1. Submit the following as a single PDF file via email to applications@ethics.harvard.edu:

 

– Letter describing the intersection of your work with the theme and/or with issues in ethics generally (approximately 500 words)

– Curriculum Vitae

– Research Proposal for the project you would undertake (approximately 1,000 words)

– Scholarly paper (in English), preferably written or published within the past two years

– The names of two references, which can be entered in the online form below.

 

In addition to the above materials, please complete and submit this online form.

 

Deadline: The deadline date for receipt of applications for projects beginning September 2016 is December 1, 2015.

 

Stipend: Post-doctoral fellows will be paid according to a salary structure that is based on number of years of postdoctoral experience ranging from $42,000 to $53,000. Faculty members who will spend their sabbatical year at the Center will be eligible to receive up to one-half of their academic year salary (not exceeding a maximum stipend set each fall) for the fellowship period. Their home institution is expected to provide at least half the salary, plus all benefits. The maximum for the 2016-17 year is $75,000. Overseas fellows and those not on an academic track are eligible for stipends depending on circumstance.

 

CFP – Ancient Philosophy Society – Prizes for Underrepresented Scholar and for Emerging Scholar

Sixteenth Annual Independent Meeting
28 April-1 May, 2016 in Portland, Maine
Co-sponsored by Colby College and the Ancient Philosophy Society

Honoring the richness of the American and European philosophical traditions, the Ancient Philosophy Society supports phenomenological, postmodern, Anglo-American, Straussian, Tübingen School, hermeneutic, psychoanalytic, queer, and feminist interpretations of ancient Greek and Roman philosophical and literary works.

Submit papers by e-mail attachment to aps2016@colby.edu on any topic in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy.

Deadline: November 22, 2015.

For the first time this year, the APS will award two travel prizes of $300 each:

  • The Diversity Prize: awarded to the best paper that is chosen for the program through the anonymous selection process written by a person from a group underrepresented in the discipline. Please self-identify in the body of your email when you submit your paper, saying, “I would like to be considered for the Diversity Prize after the program selection process.” Please keep your paper free of any identifying information.
  • The Emerging Scholar Prize: awarded to the best paper that is chosen for the program through the anonymous selection process written by a scholar who is either ABD or up to 6 years post Ph.D. Please self-identify in the body of your email when you submit your paper, saying, “I would like to be considered for the Emerging Scholar Prize after the program selection process.”
  • Please keep your paper free of any identifying information.
    Scholars may be considered for both prizes but can only be awarded one.

The APS values diversity and particularly invites submissions from members of groups underrepresented in philosophy, including women, people of color, LGBTQI individuals, and people with disabilities. The APS conference is wheelchair accessible.

For complete information, go to

http://www.ancientphilosophysociety.org/aps-2016-call-for-papers/

APA TRAVEL FUNDING FOR PHILOSOPHERS OF COLOR

This fund exists to subsidize travel for philosophers of color who would otherwise find it challenging to participate in APA meetings.

  • The fund provides a maximum of $500 in travel subsidies per person per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • Funding is provided through reimbursement, and only costs actually expended may be reimbursed. Receipts must be provided.
  • Only APA members who are members of a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in the field are eligible to receive support from this fund.
  • Travel support is offered only for participants of APA divisional meetings or other APA-sponsored conferences (such as the Diversity in Philosophy conferences sponsored by APA diversity committees).
  • To be eligible for support from this fund, a person must be on the main program (as a speaker, chair, commentator, etc.) for the meeting in question.
  • Those receiving travel support from other sources, such as their home institutions or other APA funds (graduate student stipends or special assistance from a divisional executive committee), for a given meeting or conference are not eligible to receive support from this fund for that meeting or conference.

To the extent possible, all those who request funding and are deemed eligible will receive funding. If funding requests exceed the amount of funding available, the executive director will determine, in consultation with other members of the APA leadership as appropriate, how much funding to award and to whom. Preference will be given to those most in the need, those without any institutional support available (as opposed to those who have exhausted existing institutional support), and those who have not previously received support from this fund.

http://www.apaonline.org/?page=travelfund

 

 

TRAVEL FUNDING FOR ALUMNI OF DIVERSITY INSTITUTES

Alumni of undergraduate diversity institutes such as PIKSI, the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy, and others are eligible for $500 in travel subsidies per year to pursue professional development opportunities. To receive funding, a person must be on the program as a speaker, chair, commentator, etc., for the philosophy conference or event in question, and must have participated in an undergraduate diversity institute in the past.

http://www.apaonline.org/?alumnifund