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Diversity Institutes in Philosophy

Come from an underrepresented group? Love philosophy? Wondering what graduate school will be like? 

Undergraduate diversity institutes in philosophy encourage and support undergraduates from underrepresented groups and prepare them for graduate study in philosophy. Institutes are held in the summer and last one to two weeks.  The institutes are free to attend, and provide transpiration, lodging, meals, and stipends.  Each institute normally accepts 10-20 students per year.  Applications are accepted in the spring.  See the individual institute websites for more details.

Location: University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

About the Institute: The two -week program features intensive course and workshops to provide an engaging philosophical learning experience and help students prepare for graudate school in philosophy. 

Application and Eligibility: US and Canadian women enrolled in a four-year college or university are urged to apply. Juniors receive preference, and sophomores are also eligible.  Special consideration is given to applicants from schools with limited resources as well as those who face hardships (e.g., financial, cultural,) in their pursuit of higher education. 

Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

About the Institute: The longest-running diversity institute, this 7-day program introduces students to various areas of specialization in philosophy, gives a better idea of philosophy graduate studies, and explores what it means to be a professional philosopher.  It features lectures by philosophy faculty from Rutgers and other schools 

Application and Eligibility:  Open to full-time students from diverse backgrounds at US colleges and universities.  Sophomores and juniors receive preference.  Participants must be in good academic standing and interested in philosophy as a career. 

Location: University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

About the Institute: The two-week program features intensive course and workshops to provide an engaging philosophical learning experience and help students prepare for graudate school in philosophy. 

Application and Eligibility: US and Canadian women enrolled in a four-year college or university are urged to apply. Juniors receive preference, and sophomores are also eligible.  Special consideration is given to applicants from schools with limited resources, as well as those who face hardships (e.g., financial, cultural) in their pursuit of higher education.