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Undergraduate Diversity Institutes in Philosophy
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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.

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

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: June 20 – June 27, 2019
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Application Information:
    Applications were due January 31, 2019. 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 28, 2019 
  • Location: State College, PA
  • Application Information:
    Applications were due January 31, 2019. 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: Occurred July 8 – July 14, 2018 
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Application Information:
    The institute occurs biannually and will occur again in 2020. Applicants must email a completed application and submit a transcript and writing sample. 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-Logic

Pittsburgh Summer Program 3

A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups

  • Dates:  July 15 – July 19, 2019
  • Location: University of Pittsburgh, Center for Philosophy of Science
  • Application Information:
    The 2019 application was due March 1.
  • 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

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

  • Dates: July 21 – July 26, 2019
  • Location: New Brunswick, NJ
  • Application Information:
    The 2019 application form is now open. Applications are due April 22. 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

Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University

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

  • Dates: July 21 – August 3, 2019
  • Location: Providence, RI
  • Application Information:
    Applications were due March 1, 2019. 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

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 22 – August 2, 2019
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Application Information:
    The 2019 application was due March 1, 2018. 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: September 12 – September 14, 2019
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Application Information: 2019 applications are now available. The application deadline is April 15, 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified by the end of May.
  • About the Workshop: 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 COMPASS workshops:

COMPASS at Princeton

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

COMPASS at UNC Chapel Hill

COMPASS at UT Austin

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