Summer Programs in Philosophy for Undergraduates

Organized by Russell Marcus, Hamilton College. Additions/corrections are welcome: Email me

See also my list of Conferences and Journals for undergraduates in philosophy and these resources for students.

Program Location Application Deadline Program Dates Notes
Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) - Rock Penn State January 31, 2017 June 21-30, 2017 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.
Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) - Boston MIT January 31, 2017 June 20-27, 2017 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.
Summer Program for Women in Philosophy University of California, San Diego March 1, 2017 June 25 - July 8 2017

SPWP is a two-week program for undergraduate women in philosophy hosted by the UC San Diego Philosophy Department, featuring two philosophy seminar courses taught by visiting faculty, along with a variety of workshops taught by visiting and UC San Diego faculty and graduate students, all geared towards providing an engaging philosophical learning experience and helpful preparation for applying to and succeeding at graduate school in philosophy and beyond. Students admitted to SPWP will have their transportation costs reimbursed (up to $500), will be provided with housing and meals on the UC San Diego campus for the duration of the program, will have all reading materials needed for coursework provided electronically, and will receive a $200 allowance for incidentals during their visit.

One of the courses will be taught by Gwen Bradford (Rice), and that the other course will be co-taught by a group of faculty from UCSD and USD (including Gila Sher, Jennifer Carr, Ashley Feinsinger, and a few others tba!).

Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy University of Colorado, Boulder Review of applications will begin on March 1 and continue until all available positions are filled. June 12-30, 2017

The Seminar is intended for outstanding undergraduates who are considering graduate school in philosophy. The aim is to introduce students to the atmosphere of a graduate-level seminar, giving participants a chance to explore and sharpen their philosophical abilities before they commit to a graduate program. In 2017, the topic will be "Thought Experiments in Philosophy." The Seminar will focus on understanding and critically evaluating the use of thought experiments across a wide range of subjects including problems from both historical and contemporary sources in ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, and more. Class sessions will be taught by a wide range of CU faculty members along with two special visiting faculty members: Douglas MacLean and Susan Wolf both from UNC, Chapel Hill.

Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students Munich, Germany March 5, 2017 July 30 - August 5, 2017 Since women are significantly underrepresented in philosophy generally and in formal philosophy in particular, this summer school is aimed at encouraging women to engage with mathematical methods and apply them to philosophical problems. This year the focus of the summer school will be to provide an infrastructure for developing expertise in formal approaches used in (1) philosophy of physics, (2) philosophy of biology and social science, and (3) epistemic logic and philosophy of cognition. The summer school will offer the opportunity for study in an informal setting, lively debate, and for the development of a network with students and professors interested in the application of formal methods in philosophy of science. Finally, being located at the MCMP, the summer school will also provide a stimulating and interdisciplinary environment for meeting like-minded philosophers.
Carnegie Mellon Summer School in Logic and Formal Epistemology Carnegie Mellon March 10, 2017 June 5-23, 2017 In 2017, the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University will hold a three-week summer school in logic and formal epistemology for promising undergraduates in philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics, economics, and other sciences. The goals are to: introduce promising students to cross-disciplinary fields of research at an early stage in their career; and forge lasting links between the various disciplines.
The Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University Brown March 15, 2017 July 16-29, 2017

SIPP@Brown is a two week residential program for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy and who are members of groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the field.

During the program, participants will attend two daily seminars: The Philosophy of Time, taught by Nina Emery, and Global Justice, taught by David Estlund. They will also participate in regular social and educational activities arranged by the Brown Department of Philosophy, and in the SIPP@Brown Conference on July 28. Participants can expect to leave the program with a better understanding of what graduate school in philosophy is like and how to prepare applications for both MA and PhD programs.

Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey May 8, 2017 July 30 - August 5, 2017 This seven 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. Up to fifteen students will be given the opportunity to interact in formal and informal settings with a group of talented graduate students and distinguished faculty members from a number of universities.
UMass Dartmouth Summer Program for Diversity: Logic UMass Dartmouth   ???  

Past Summers: 2016; 2015