Ten Projects Receive APA Grants

The American Philosophical Association (APA) has announced the winners of ten grants—eight from its Small Grant Program and 2 from its Diversity and Inclusiveness Grants Program. What follows is from the APA’s press release:

Small Grant Program

Each year, the APA Eastern Division provides $25,000 for the APA’s Small Grant Program. This year’s grant application process was quite competitive, with 15 proposals requesting a total of $77,597 from our $25,000 grant fund. The following eight programs will receive funding:

AAPT Teaching and Learning Summer Seminar

Participants in the American Association of Philosophy Teachers’ Teaching and Learning Summer Seminar explore issues, experiment with approaches, and engage in a community of reflection in order to strengthen their pedagogical choices. The APA has funded this program at $5,000.

Academic Placement Data and Analysis

The Academic Placement Data and Analysis project (APDA) collects and analyzes information on graduate employment in philosophy. In 2016, APDA aims to hire two graduate students to assist with database management and a qualitative survey. The APA has funded this program at $4,887.

Decolonial Feminist Politics: A Decolonial Thought Workshop

Decolonial Feminist Politics: A Decolonial Thought Workshop facilitates the rigorous study of theorists who have been marginalized in philosophy, especially women of color. The workshop also encourages participants to incorporate marginalized theorists into their own teaching practices, writing, and professional development. The APA has funded this program at $1,500.

Fostering Publication for Early Career Women in Metaphysics

This workshop highlights the scholarship of pre-tenure women working in metaphysics. It builds on initiatives already in place at Fordham University and provides a forum for philosophers to present their work to and receive feedback from the general philosophical public. The APA has funded this program at $1,000.

Philosophy YouTube Pilot Series

John Corvino’s project is to create a pilot series of short YouTube videos on basic concepts, themes, and arguments in philosophy. Use of this medium will make these concepts more accessible as well as promote the discipline of philosophy more broadly. The APA has funded this program at $4,300.

Seminar on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy for High School Teachers

Expanding the AAPT Summer Seminar to include high school teachers accomplishes two goals: it furthers PLATO’s mission of building a national support and resource-sharing network of all those committed to advancing pre-college philosophy, and helps ensure the high quality of pre-college philosophy instruction. The APA has funded this program at $4,500.


The UPDirectory is the only existing resource listing a significant number of underrepresented minorities in the profession. Searchable, easy to use, it gathers in one place access to the work of URMs in philosophy. The APA has funded this program at $1,000 per year for three years for a total of $3,000.

Workshop on Philosophy of Race and Racism

The workshop on philosophy of race and racism will bring together young and established scholars in the field to discuss, in detail, a small number of works in progress with the aim of producing new and exciting research. The APA has funded this program at $1,000.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Grants

The board of officers committed $20,000 for 2015-2016 to support one or more programs aiming to increase the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy. Learn more. Out of 21 applications, the board chose to fund the following two projects for 2015-2016.

Promoting Philosophy for Children at the Mexico-U.S. Border

The Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program at the University of Texas at El Paso is dedicated to providing free, bilingual (English and/or Spanish) Philosophy for Children classes to children and youth of the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands. The APA has funded this program at $8,000.

Summer Program for Diversity in Logic for Undergraduates

This intensive one-week program will offer 12 students the opportunity to explore an exciting research theme in Logic (Paradoxes). Students will receive tutoring in formal techniques, mentoring, support for professionalization, and experience validation, understanding and advice regarding diversity issues they have encountered. The APA has funded this program at $12,000.

(via Mike Morris)

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Diogenes of Sinope
Diogenes of Sinope
8 years ago

Why doesn’t the APA just fold the Small Grants Program into the Diversity and Inclusiveness Program? Identity politics is the only thing the APA is interested in these days.

Mr. T
Mr. T
8 years ago

Projects that aim to remedy inequality in the profession and promote philosophy to an audience beyond the privileged few are exactly the sorts of things I would want our national organization to support. Kudos to the APA for funding such fantastic work!