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Contemplative Social Justice Scholars Program

Update: As of September 12, 2017, applications for this program are now closed. Thank you to all who applied! Notifications were sent on Friday, September 15th.

Through September 11, 2017, CMind accepted applications from graduate students and junior faculty* to become Contemplative Social Justice Scholars. The purpose of this program is to provide financial support to emerging scholars in this field to attend the 9th Annual ACMHE Conference in Scotts Valley, CA:  “Radicalizing Contemplative Education: Compassion, Intersectionality, and Justice in Challenging Times.”

Awardees will receive $1,070 to cover conference tuition ($450), room & board** ($520), and a stipend ($100). Additionally, a travel reimbursement of up to $500 will be available. Awards are conditional upon conference attendance.

* More on eligibility: Graduate students must be currently enrolled and working towards their degree. Junior faculty are beginning their academic appointment, including part time and adjunct faculty. It’s our intention that these scholarships will support early-career, nontenured faculty (or researchers, or equivalent): those who, as of October 2017, are within the first three years of a primary academic position (not beyond the assistant professor level). If your situation does not fit cleanly into this category, please describe it in your application.

** Housing is for 3 nights at the conference venue, in a shared room. Board includes all meals, access to wellness offerings, and other amenities as detailed on the 1440 Multiversity website.

Application Process

Please provide the following (please limit to 300 words per item). Please be sure that your application helps us understand your engagement with contemplative practices and action for social justice, and why you want to attend this conference. There are no location, nationality, or citizenship restrictions​, although awards are made in US funds and grant reports must be submitted in English. 

  • professional bio sketch;
  • a description of how your work and your interests relate to the themes of the conference;
  • a summary of the learning and experiences you hope to take away from the conference.

To apply, email your application by September 11th, 2017. (Update: We are no longer accepting applications for this program.) We will respond on September 15th.


For Recipients: Required Deliverables After the Conference

As emerging scholars, your perspective is especially important to the development of this field. Our goals for these reports are to learn about your experience with the conference, and how it may inform the way we conduct future initiatives focused on the relationship between contemplative practices and social justice work. In your report, please respond to the following:

  1. Please share specific experiences from the conference which strengthened your understanding of the relationship between contemplative practices and social justice work.
  2. What challenges and opportunities do you face in the work of contemplative social justice?  How do you work with those challenges and opportunities?
  3. How can we at CMind, in our future initiatives such as ACMHE conferences, do a better job of looking at the relationship between contemplative practices and social justice?
  4. Please add anything else you’d like to share about your experience.

There is no expected length or word count for your report, although we would like you respond to these questions in as much detail as possible.