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The Mind & Life Institute, with funding from The John Templeton Foundation, invites Contemplative Studies Fellowship grant applications that propose to bring fresh perspectives from the humanities into contemplative neuroscience and contemplative clinical science. One-year grants will be awarded to successful applicants holding Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor (or equivalent) rank at their academic institution. Fellowship grants will be awarded in line with American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) guidelines based on academic Rank:
- $60,000 for Full Professor and equivalent
- $40,000 for Associate Professor and equivalent
- $35,000 for Assistant Professor and equivalent
Additionally, successful applicants are expected to document their eligibility for matching funds from their respective institutions (e.g., through support for some percentage of one's salary or benefits not fully covered by the amount of the fellowship).
Mind and Life Contemplative Studies Fellowship (MLCSF) applicants are required to show how their research strategy and subject matter engage with scientific approaches to the study of contemplative practice in fields such as clinical science, neuroscience and so on.
The MLCSF grant program will have two complementary strands:
Strand one will focus on encouraging new kinds of scholarly reviews and critical analyses of recent scientific work, with the goals of raising new questions, improving methods, and drawing out broader implications of the scientific work. Projects in this strand can be formulated in terms of various fields or methodologies, including but not limited to religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology.
Strand two will focus on facilitating new kinds of active partnerships between humanistic scholars and laboratory scientists, with the goals of developing new interdisciplinary methods and a richer approach to the questions at hand. Funded projects will fall under one of three rubrics: Field-based projects, Laboratory-based projects, or Interdisciplinary team-based projects.
MLCSF recipients will be required to attend the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute (MLSRI), and recipients at more advanced stages of their research may be invited to deliver MLSRI plenary lectures or lead break-out workshops and discussion groups based on their research
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Click here for Proposal Guidelines
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(applications open November 15, 2011 - February 15, 2012)