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There are a number of undergraduate diversity institutes in philosophy. These institutes operate independent of one another, but share the overarching goal to encourage and support undergraduates from underrepresented groups in philosophy. Each institute normally accepts 10-20 students per year.

The information below is updated regularly, but be sure to consult the websites of the individual institutes for the most up-to-date information. In fall 2020, we released an up to date Guide to Undergraduate Diversity Institutes in Philosophy.

Diversity institutes are not the only summer programs for philosophy undergraduates. For a list of other programs for all identities, please see the APA page titled Undergraduate Workshops in Philosophy

For more general information, please see the APA page titled Diversity Institute Resources.

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institutes (PIKSI)

The PIKSI programs are affiliated with one another but operate autonomously. They are funded in large part by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the APA, as well as their host institutions.

PIKSI-Boston

PIKSI-Boston, founded in 2015, is held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is also supported by the University of Massachusetts Boston.

  • Dates: July 23 – July 30, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Application Information:
    Applications were due January 31, 2020. PIKSI-Boston and PIKSI-Rock use a shared application process. Applicants must complete an online application and submit a transcript and writing sample, and each must have a faculty sponsor. Undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups such as women, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTQA persons, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply. 
  • About the Institute:
    PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Transportation and lodging are provided; stipends are awarded to all.
  • Additional Information: PIKSI-Boston

PIKSI-Rock

PIKSI-Rock 2014

PIKSI-Rock, founded in 2006, is held at the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University.

  • Dates: June 17 – June 26, 2020, Cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Location: State College, PA
  • Application Information:
    Applications were due January 31, 2020. PISKI-Rock and PIKSI-Boston use a shared application process. Applicants must complete an online application and submit a transcript and writing sample, and each must have a faculty sponsor. Undergraduate women or men from underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQA persons, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • About the Institute:
    PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Transportation and lodging are provided; stipends are awarded to all.
  • Additional Information: PIKSI-Rock

PIKSI-Logic

PIKSI-Logic, founded in 2018, is held at Northeastern University biannually.

  • Dates: July 27 – July 31, 2020 Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Application information: 
    Applications are due April 15, 2020 and decisions will be made by May 15, 2020.
  • About the Institute:
    PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Transportation and lodging are provided; stipends are awarded to all.
  • Additional Information: PIKSI-Logic

Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP) at Penn State

  • Dates: June 7 – June 20, 2020 and Fall, 2020 
  • Location: State College, PA CUSP Will be held virtually this year
  • Application Information: The Summer CUSP application was due March 20, 2020. Please refer to the "Promoting Young Philosophers" page to ensure you are eligible for the program. Applications for the Fall CUSP program will open in Summer 2020. 
  • About the Institute: Each year CUSP (Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy) organizes two all-expense paid workshops held at Penn State. They are directed toward prospective graduate students in philosophy from traditionally underrepresented groups (including African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. The summer institute is intended for rising undergraduate sophomores or juniors who are considering pursuing an academic career in philosophy and wish to learn more about what it means to be a part of the discipline; the fall graduate workshop is for college seniors, recent graduates and working professionals who want to continue their graduate education in philosophy and are currently working on their graduate applications for the fall term. 
  • Additional Information: Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy

Pittsburgh Summer Program (PSP)

A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups

  • Dates: July 12 – July 17, 2020
  • Location: University of Pittsburgh, Center for Philosophy of Science PSP will be held virtually this year
  • Application Information:
    Applications were due March 1, 2020.
    • About the Institute:
      The Summer Program will feature two daily graduate seminars about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (e.g., physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). The seminars and lectures will be given by the internationally recognized faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh as well as in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.
    • Additional Information: Pittsburgh Summer Program 3

    Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy (SIDP)

    Now in its 20th year, the institute founded by Prof. Howard McGary is held at Rutgers University.

    • Dates: July 19 – July 25, 2020
    • Location: New Brunswick, NJ SIDP will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19
    • Application Information:
      Applications will be due April 10, 2020. Eligible students must demonstrate how their experiences and background foster greater diversity in the discipline of philosophy and be full-time students in a college or university in the United States (preference will be given to sophomores and juniors, though others are eligible). Interested students must be in good academic standing and be interested in philosophy as a career.
    • About the Institute:
        This six-day program is designed to introduce undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to the various areas of specialization within the discipline of philosophy, give students a better idea of what graduate studies in philosophy is about, and explore various views about what it means to be a professional philosopher. The institute provides travel, room and board, and a stipend.
      • Additional Information: Rutgers Summer Institute

      Philosophy of Law Undergraduate Summer School at Cornell (PLUSS)

      • Dates: June 21 – June 27, 2020
      • Location: Ithaca, NY PLUSS will be held virtually this year
      • Application Information:
        Applications were due February 15, 2020. PLUSS welcomes applications from members of historically oppressed or marginalized groups interested in pursuing graduate studies in legal, political, or social philosophy. Applications should consist of a motivation letter no longer than two pages and they must include your name, email, and institution you are currently attending. Motivation letters should expand on the following prompts: 1/ Describe your philosophical interests and aspirations. 2/ What motivates your application to PLUSS2020?
      • About the Institute:
          Hosted by Cornell University's Sage School of Philosophy, the Philosophy of Law Undergraduate Summer School is a week-long summer program aiming to bring insights from the philosophy of law into conversation with the lived experiences of historically marginalized groups. Accommodations in the form of double rooms (two participants per room) will be provided for the entirety of the summer school, as well as transportation to and from the hotel to Cornell University. Meals will also be covered for all participants in addition to snacks throughout the day. Finally, PLUSS 2020 will provide up to $300 (US) to offset travel costs to and from Ithaca.
        • Additional Information: PLUSS

        Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University (SIPP@Brown)

          SIPP at Brown began in 2015. It is hosted and supported by Brown University.

          • Dates: July 6 – July 17, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19
          • Location: Providence, RI
          • Application Information:
            Applications were due March 1, 2020, and students will be notified of admissions decisions by April 1, 2020. Students will be notified of admissions decisions by April 1. Students currently in their junior year of undergraduate studies who are interested in pursuing a career in philosophy and who identify with a traditionally underrepresented group in the field are invited to apply. (These groups include women, students of color, and disabled persons.) SIPP will also take applications from students who are in their senior year, or who already have a degree, as long as they have not yet applied to graduate school. Applicants must complete an application form and provide a transcript and writing sample.
          • About the Institute:
              SIPP@Brown is a two week residential program. Students attend two daily seminars and participated in regular evening activities arranged by the Brown Department of Philosophy. Admitted students are housed in Brown University dorms and receive a stipend and travel costs.
            • Additional Information: SIPP@Brown

            UCSD Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP)

            The UCSD Summer Program for Women in Philosophy held its first institute in 2014. It is hosted and supported by the University of California at San Diego.

            • Dates: July 20– July 31, 2020
              • Location: San Diego, CA
              • Application Information:
                Applications were due February 15, 2020. Participants must be women who are US or Canadian citizens and enrolled in an accredited 4-year college or university. Preference is given to students in their junior year, but sophomores are also eligible. While academic ability and philosophical promise are the main criteria for selection, the selection committee will also give some weight to applicants who come from colleges or universities with smaller or more limited resources, and also applicants who have encountered factors that present hardships to their pursuit of higher education (including financial and cultural factors).
              • About the Institute:
                  The two-week program features two intensive courses and a variety of workshops, all geared towards providing an engaging philosophical learning experience and preparation for applying to graduate school in philosophy. Participants will be provided with housing and meals, will have transportation costs covered, will have all course and workshop materials provided, and will receive a stipend.
                • Additional Information: UCSD Summer Program

                COMPASS

                  COMPASS at Michigan

                  The Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan hosts “COMPASS at Michigan: a workshop for students considering graduate school in Philosophy.” This workshop brings together students from a diversity of backgrounds for a weekend of philosophical discussion, networking and mentoring. Advanced undergraduates and M.A. students (first and second year) are eligible to apply.

                  • Dates: October 8 – October 10, 2020
                  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
                  • Application information:
                      Applications are due April 15, 2020, and applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by the end of May 2020. Applicants must be from an identity that is underrepresented in philosophy or have shown a sustained commitment to diversity in philosophy.
                    • About the Institute:
                        COMPASS at Michigan brings together students from a diversity of backgrounds for a weekend of philosophical discussion, networking and mentoring. The workshop takes place at the University of Michigan's Department of Philosophy, in Ann Arbor. Advanced undergraduates and M.A. students (first and second year), including recent graduates, are eligible to apply. All transportation, accommodation, and food costs will be covered for the students selected.
                      • Additional Information: COMPASS at Michigan

                      Past Diversity Institutes and Workshops:

                      COMPASS at Princeton

                      • Dates: Occurred February 9 – February 11, 2018 and November 9 –10, 2019
                      • Location: Princeton, NJ
                      • Additional Information: COMPASS at Princeton

                      COMPASS at UNC Chapel Hill

                      COMPASS at UT Austin

                      There are a number of undergraduate diversity institutes in philosophy. These institutes operate independent of one another, but share the overarching goal to encourage and support undergraduates from underrepresented groups in philosophy. Each institute normally accepts 10-20 students per year.

                      The information below is updated regularly, but be sure to consult the websites of the individual institutes for the most up-to-date information. In fall 2020, we released an up to date Guide to Undergraduate Diversity Institutes in Philosophy.

                      Diversity institutes are not the only summer programs for philosophy undergraduates. For a list of other programs for all identities, please see the APA page titled Undergraduate Workshops in Philosophy

                      For more general information, please see the APA page titled Diversity Institute Resources.

                      Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institutes (PIKSI)

                      The PIKSI programs are affiliated with one another but operate autonomously. They are funded in large part by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the APA, as well as their host institutions.

                      PIKSI-Boston

                      PIKSI-Boston, founded in 2015, is held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is also supported by the University of Massachusetts Boston.

                      • Dates: July 23 – July 30, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 
                      • Location: Cambridge, MA
                      • Application Information:
                        Applications were due January 31, 2020. PIKSI-Boston and PIKSI-Rock use a shared application process. Applicants must complete an online application and submit a transcript and writing sample, and each must have a faculty sponsor. Undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups such as women, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTQA persons, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply. 
                      • About the Institute:
                        PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Transportation and lodging are provided; stipends are awarded to all.
                      • Additional Information: PIKSI-Boston

                      PIKSI-Rock

                      PIKSI-Rock 2014

                      PIKSI-Rock, founded in 2006, is held at the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University.

                      • Dates: June 17 – June 26, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19
                      • Location: State College, PA
                      • Application Information:
                        Applications were due January 31, 2020. PISKI-Rock and PIKSI-Boston use a shared application process. Applicants must complete an online application and submit a transcript and writing sample, and each must have a faculty sponsor. Undergraduate women or men from underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQA persons, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
                      • About the Institute:
                        PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Transportation and lodging are provided; stipends are awarded to all.
                      • Additional Information: PIKSI-Rock

                      PIKSI-Logic

                      PIKSI-Logic, founded in 2018, is held at Northeastern University biannually.

                      • Dates: July 27 – July 31, 2020 Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19
                      • Location: Boston, MA
                      • Application information: 
                        Applications are due April 15, 2020 and decisions will be made by May 15, 2020.
                      • About the Institute:
                        PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Transportation and lodging are provided; stipends are awarded to all.
                      • Additional Information: PIKSI-Logic

                      Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP) at Penn State

                      • Dates: June 7 – June 20, 2020 and Fall, 2020 
                      • Location: State College, PA CUSP Will be held virtually this year
                      • Application Information: The Summer CUSP application was due March 20, 2020. Please refer to the "Promoting Young Philosophers" page to ensure you are eligible for the program. Applications for the Fall CUSP program will open in Summer 2020. 
                      • About the Institute: Each year CUSP (Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy) organizes two all-expense paid workshops held at Penn State. They are directed toward prospective graduate students in philosophy from traditionally underrepresented groups (including African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. The summer institute is intended for rising undergraduate sophomores or juniors who are considering pursuing an academic career in philosophy and wish to learn more about what it means to be a part of the discipline; the fall graduate workshop is for college seniors, recent graduates and working professionals who want to continue their graduate education in philosophy and are currently working on their graduate applications for the fall term. 
                      • Additional Information: Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy

                      Pittsburgh Summer Program (PSP)

                      A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups

                      • Dates: July 12 – July 17, 2020
                      • Location: University of Pittsburgh, Center for Philosophy of Science PSP will be held virtually this year
                      • Application Information:
                        Applications were due March 1, 2020.
                        • About the Institute:
                          The Summer Program will feature two daily graduate seminars about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (e.g., physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). The seminars and lectures will be given by the internationally recognized faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh as well as in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.
                        • Additional Information: Pittsburgh Summer Program 3

                        Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy (SIDP)

                        Now in its 20th year, the institute founded by Prof. Howard McGary is held at Rutgers University.

                        • Dates: July 19 – July 25, 2020
                        • Location: New Brunswick, NJ SIDP will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19
                        • Application Information:
                          Applications will be due April 10, 2020. Eligible students must demonstrate how their experiences and background foster greater diversity in the discipline of philosophy and be full-time students in a college or university in the United States (preference will be given to sophomores and juniors, though others are eligible). Interested students must be in good academic standing and be interested in philosophy as a career.
                        • About the Institute:
                            This six-day program is designed to introduce undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to the various areas of specialization within the discipline of philosophy, give students a better idea of what graduate studies in philosophy is about, and explore various views about what it means to be a professional philosopher. The institute provides travel, room and board, and a stipend.
                          • Additional Information: Rutgers Summer Institute

                          Philosophy of Law Undergraduate Summer School at Cornell (PLUSS)

                          • Dates: June 21 – June 27, 2020
                          • Location: Ithaca, NY PLUSS will be held virtually this year
                          • Application Information:
                            Applications were due February 15, 2020. PLUSS welcomes applications from members of historically oppressed or marginalized groups interested in pursuing graduate studies in legal, political, or social philosophy. Applications should consist of a motivation letter no longer than two pages and they must include your name, email, and institution you are currently attending. Motivation letters should expand on the following prompts: 1/ Describe your philosophical interests and aspirations. 2/ What motivates your application to PLUSS2020?
                          • About the Institute:
                              Hosted by Cornell University's Sage School of Philosophy, the Philosophy of Law Undergraduate Summer School is a week-long summer program aiming to bring insights from the philosophy of law into conversation with the lived experiences of historically marginalized groups. Accommodations in the form of double rooms (two participants per room) will be provided for the entirety of the summer school, as well as transportation to and from the hotel to Cornell University. Meals will also be covered for all participants in addition to snacks throughout the day. Finally, PLUSS 2020 will provide up to $300 (US) to offset travel costs to and from Ithaca.
                            • Additional Information: PLUSS

                            Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University (SIPP@Brown)

                              SIPP at Brown began in 2015. It is hosted and supported by Brown University.

                              • Dates: July 6 – July 17, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19
                              • Location: Providence, RI
                              • Application Information:
                                Applications were due March 1, 2020, and students will be notified of admissions decisions by April 1, 2020. Students will be notified of admissions decisions by April 1. Students currently in their junior year of undergraduate studies who are interested in pursuing a career in philosophy and who identify with a traditionally underrepresented group in the field are invited to apply. (These groups include women, students of color, and disabled persons.) SIPP will also take applications from students who are in their senior year, or who already have a degree, as long as they have not yet applied to graduate school. Applicants must complete an application form and provide a transcript and writing sample.
                              • About the Institute:
                                  SIPP@Brown is a two week residential program. Students attend two daily seminars and participated in regular evening activities arranged by the Brown Department of Philosophy. Admitted students are housed in Brown University dorms and receive a stipend and travel costs.
                                • Additional Information: SIPP@Brown

                                UCSD Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP)

                                The UCSD Summer Program for Women in Philosophy held its first institute in 2014. It is hosted and supported by the University of California at San Diego.

                                • Dates: July 20– July 31, 2020
                                • Locatoin
                                  • Location: SPWP was held virtually San Diego, CA
                                  • Application Information:
                                    Applications were due February 15, 2020. Participants must be women who are US or Canadian citizens and enrolled in an accredited 4-year college or university. Preference is given to students in their junior year, but sophomores are also eligible. While academic ability and philosophical promise are the main criteria for selection, the selection committee will also give some weight to applicants who come from colleges or universities with smaller or more limited resources, and also applicants who have encountered factors that present hardships to their pursuit of higher education (including financial and cultural factors).
                                  • About the Institute:
                                      The two-week program features two intensive courses and a variety of workshops, all geared towards providing an engaging philosophical learning experience and preparation for applying to graduate school in philosophy. Participants will be provided with housing and meals, will have transportation costs covered, will have all course and workshop materials provided, and will receive a stipend.
                                    • Additional Information: UCSD Summer Program

                                    COMPASS

                                      COMPASS at Michigan

                                      The Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan hosts “COMPASS at Michigan: a workshop for students considering graduate school in Philosophy.” This workshop brings together students from a diversity of backgrounds for a weekend of philosophical discussion, networking and mentoring. Advanced undergraduates and M.A. students (first and second year) are eligible to apply.

                                      • Dates: October 8 – October 10, 2020
                                      • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
                                      • Application information:
                                          Applications are due April 15, 2020, and applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by the end of May 2020. Applicants must be from an identity that is underrepresented in philosophy or have shown a sustained commitment to diversity in philosophy.
                                        • About the Institute:
                                            COMPASS at Michigan brings together students from a diversity of backgrounds for a weekend of philosophical discussion, networking and mentoring. The workshop takes place at the University of Michigan's Department of Philosophy, in Ann Arbor. Advanced undergraduates and M.A. students (first and second year), including recent graduates, are eligible to apply. All transportation, accommodation, and food costs will be covered for the students selected.
                                          • Additional Information: COMPASS at Michigan

                                          Past Diversity Institutes and Workshops:

                                          COMPASS at Princeton

                                          • Dates: Occurred February 9 – February 11, 2018 and November 9 –10, 2019
                                          • Location: Princeton, NJ
                                          • Additional Information: COMPASS at Princeton

                                          COMPASS at UNC Chapel Hill

                                          COMPASS at UT Austin

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