summer institute


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

July 7-July 13, 2024

*Application site will open on February 2, 2024. Deadline is April 26, 2024*

Rutgers University will sponsor the 2024 SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY IN PHILOSOPHY. 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. 

In the past, presenters have included prominent faculty from the University of Arizona, Barnard College, Boston College, Bowling Green, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, CUNY, DePaul University, East Carolina University, Fordham University, Georgia State University, Grand Valley State University, Harvard, Howard, Loyola- Marymount, MIT, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, NYU, Rutgers, San Diego State University, San Jose State University, Spelman, Stanford University, St. Cloud University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Syracuse, Towson University, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts- Amherst, University of Memphis, University of Minnesota, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Oregon, University of Washington-Seattle, University of Winnipeg, Vanderbilt, Vassar College and Yale.

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. The Institute will provide a $250 stipend. Applications must be completed and submitted to the 2024 Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy application portal no later than April 26, 2024. Your department is receiving more detailed information about the Institute.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Derrick Darby

Henry Rutgers Professor of Philosophy
2024 Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy
Philosophy Department, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
106 Somerset Street, 5th Floor, New Brunswick,
New Jersey 08901-4800 
FAX: 732-246-1049
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or Ms. Mercedes Diaz
(Same address as above) 
Tel.: 848-932-9862 or Google Voice: 732-658-2161
FAX: 732-246-1049
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To apply on-line

Please complete the Summer Institute Application. First click 'submit' then begin by creating an account.

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Application Checklist

Please upload the following with your application:

  • This application form with all fields completed. First click 'submit' then begin by creating an account. 
  • Short writing sample between 1250-2000 words, typed and double-spaced.

This should be a paper that will help the selection committee assess your academic and philosophical ability. Typically, but not necessarily, this will be a paper that was written for a college course. Philosophy papers are preferable, but a paper on a topic from any discipline will work if no suitable philosophy paper is available. The most effective paper to submit will be the one which best exhibits your philosophical or academic ability.

  • Personal Essay and explanation of why your background and experiences will help foster greater diversity in philosophy
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Letters should be from people who know you and your work well enough to comment knowledgeably on your philosophical ability and your suitability for this program. Please note: If your letter writers have an issue submitting through the application site, please have them submit their letters here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Unofficial transcript

Applicants should upload an unofficial transcript of all their college coursework. Your overall GPA and current enrollment status should be clearly indicated somewhere - if it is not, please also include some verification of your current enrollment status. If you have been to more than one institution, please include transcripts from all institutions. These do not need to be official transcripts sent from your institution's registrar. They can be scans of transcripts that you already have or screenshots of any online transcript that you can access.