Undergraduate Diversity Institutes in Philosophy

Project Description:

The American Philosophical Association regularly updates their list of summer opportunities on this webpage. Information is also copied and pasted below:


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

  • Dates: June 3 – 11, 2021
  • Location: PIKSI-Rock will be held virtually this year.
  • Application Information:
    PIKSI-Rock will be accepting new applications for Summer 2021. Applications are due February 5, 2021. 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

Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP) at Penn State

  • Dates: Summer 2021
  • Location: CUSP will be held virtually this year
  • Application Information: The Summer 2021 CUSP application is not yet available. Please refer to this page for application criteria
  • 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 16, 2021
  • Location: PSP will be held virtually this year
  • Application Information:
    Applications are due March 1, 2021.
  • 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: Summer 2021
  • Location: SIDP will be held virtually this year
  • Application Information:
    The Summer 2021 application will open on February 1, 2021 and will close on March 26, 2021. 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 13 – June 19, 2021
  • Location: PLUSS will be held virtually this year
  • Application Information:
    Applications are due February 1, 2021. 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

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 19– July 29, 2021
  • Location: SPWP will occur virtually this year
  • Application Information:
    The SPWP Summer 2021 application is due February 15, 2021. The deadline is February 15th.  In the admissions process, SPWP looks not only for philosophical promise but also for various forms of diversity (including, but not limited to: LGBTQIA+, underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and first-generation undergraduates). SPWP also looks for undergraduate students who have overcome various kinds of adversity, including socioeconomic obstacles, bias, and limited philosophical resources at their home institution.
  • About the Institute: The Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP) aims to address the significant gender imbalance in our discipline by means of an annual summer enrichment program for women undergraduate philosophy majors interested in graduate study in philosophy. SPWP is a 10-day program for 14 participants consisting of two recurring seminars as well as workshops on the profession, on graduate school, and on the application process. The program introduces the participants to like-minded peers and to a network of supportive faculty and graduate students whom they may not have access to at their undergraduate institutions. All attendees will receive a modest stipend.
  • Additional Information: UCSD Summer Program


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: Fall 2021
  • Location: COMPASS at Michigan will occur virtually this year.
  • Application information: 2021 application information is not yet available. 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