Summer 2021 Philosophy Programs for Undergraduate Students

As in years past, I’m creating a post for listing summer programs in philosophy for undergraduate students. (Similar posts will be forthcoming for graduate students and high school students.)

[Detail of calendar by Yamamoto Yoshiko]

If you are organizing such a program, please add a comment to this post that includes:
– program name
– dates
– location (is it currently planned as an online event, physical event, physical event with some online participation, physical event with an online contingency plan?)
– contact information
– application deadline
– a description of the program
– link to further information

Here’s an example:

Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy: Ethics Meets Epistemology
Dates: June 6 – June 25, 2021
Location: Boulder, Colorado (or on Zoom, if unable to hold event in person in Boulder)
Contact: David Boonin [email protected]
Deadline: March 5 (review of applications begins)
Description: The topic for the 2021 Summer Seminar is “Ethics Meets Epistemology.” Each class session will focus on an issue at the intersection between these two areas of philosophy. The seminar will be team taught by ten or more faculty members and will cover a wide variety of historical and contemporary subjects. Likely subjects to be covered include: Plato on moral knowledge, Aristotle on moral knowledge, Aquinas on the ethics of faith, Descartes on the ethics of belief, Mill on epistemology and free speech, the epistemology of moral testimony, moral reasons for belief, the epistemic status of moral intuitions, value comparisons in ethics and epistemology, agent-centered norms in ethics and epistemology, a priori moral and mathematical knowledge, and doxastic voluntarism and the ethics of belief. Class sessions will be supplemented by a variety of extracurricular events, including talks on additional subjects and workshops on such topics as women in philosophy and how to apply to graduate school.
Further information:

Thank you!

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Edouard Machery
3 years ago

PSP5: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups
Dates: July 12 to July 16, 2021 (arrival July 11)
Location: University of Pittsburgh, Center for Philosophy of Science
Contact: Edouard Machery ([email protected]) and Katie Labuda ([email protected])
Deadline: Applications are due March 1, 2021, and participants will be notified by April 15, 2021.
Description: The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2021 PSP5: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups, which will be held in the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh from July 12 to July 16, 2021 (arrival July 11). We invite applications from undergraduate students who are highly motivated and show strong academic promise and interest in the philosophy of science, including but not limited to: women, LGBTQIA+, underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, first-generation undergraduates, and undergraduates from groups underrepresented in philosophy of science. While one of the main aims of this program is to attract students traditionally underrepresented in philosophy of science, all qualified undergraduate applicants will be considered. Past coursework in philosophy of science is not a prerequisite for application to the Summer Program.
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 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. Housing, meals, and transportation (US travel only—the University will not provide transportation costs for travel into or outside of the US) costs will be covered, and all course materials provided.
More information can be found there:

Saba Bazargan-Forward
3 years ago

Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP)

Dates: July 19 to July 29, 2021

Location: SPWP is typically an in-person event at UC San Diego, but in light of the pandemic it will be held online in 2021.

Contact Information: [email protected]

Deadline: Applications will be made available January 1st. The deadline is February 15th.

Description: 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. In the admissions process, we look 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). We also look for undergraduate students who have overcome various kinds of adversity, including socioeconomic obstacles, bias, and limited philosophical resources at their home institution.

Link to Further Information:

3 years ago

Philosophy In an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI Rock)*
Dates: June 3-11, 2021
Location: Online (hosted by Rock Ethics Institute @ Penn State)
Contact: Dr. Kris Sealey (Fairfield University), [email protected]
Application deadline: February 5, 2021
Description: At PIKSI Rock you’ll feel welcome. This Institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy. PIKSI will emphasize the on-going project of greater inclusiveness that is transforming the discipline, inviting students to be participants in the conversation. If you know promising 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, please call this program to their attention. In addition, please consider serving as their “sponsor.” Faculty sponsors mentor students, helping them to prepare their applications, and, when possible and appropriate, work with the students after the Summer Institute to help further the gains the students have made.
Link for more information:
Link to apply:

*PIKSI Boston will be held in-person from June 21-29, 2021, but will NOT be accepting new applications for the summer.

Bianca Waked
3 years ago


Dates: June 13 – June 19, 2021

Location: PLUSS will be held virtually this year

Contaction Information: Bianca Waked ([email protected])

Applications are due February 1, 2021.

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. PLUSS welcomes applications from members of historically oppressed or marginalized groups interested in pursuing graduate studies in legal, political, or social philosophy.

Additional Information:

3 years ago

Political Studies Program & Online Summer Courses
Dates: June – August 2021
Location: Washington, DC for Political Studies | Zoom, for Summer Courses
Contact: Neco Donohue ([email protected])
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Description: This year, the Hertog Foundation is offering a suite of online and in-person programs. Our residential Political Studies Program brings together top college students to the nation’s capital to explore the theory and practice of politics in an intensive seminar setting with outstanding faculty. Our virtual Summer Courses offer the same high-quality instruction and seminar experience, but with the flexibility and convenience of online education. Topics include Machiavelli’s The Prince; Shakespeare’s The Tempest; Religion & Politics; Free Speech in a Fractured Republic.
Further information:

Gillian Gray
3 years ago

COMPASS at Michigan 2021
Dates: October 1-2 and 8-9 (Not quite summer, but a bit after)
Location: Virtual
Contact: [email protected]
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021
Application Link:
Description: This workshop brings together students from a diversity of backgrounds for two weekends of philosophical discussion, networking and mentoring. Advanced undergraduates and M.A. students (first and second year) are eligible to apply. 

Applicants should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be part of a group/demographic underrepresented in academic philosophy;
  • Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in philosophy

The workshop will take place virtually across two consecutive weekends: October 1-2 and October 8-9, 2021. Workshop participants will be expected to read in advance 3 papers from a range of subfields (depending in part on the interests of accepted participants). In addition to sessions discussing the papers, there will be one session featuring faculty members giving advice on graduate school and one session featuring a graduate student panel on graduate school applications and graduate student life. There will also be opportunities to attend graduate student research presentations and meet with graduate student mentors. 
The deadline for applications is May 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified in June 2021.

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