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Graduate Fellowships

Call for Applications for 2020-21

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UPDATE: The fellows seminars for 2020-21 will likely be online for some or all of the academic year. Graduate students do not need to commit to being on campus for in-person meetings to be eligible. Selected fellows must commit to participating in the seminars every other Friday online from 10:00-11:30 am PST.


Due date: Monday, June 29, 2020

For 2020-21, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society will offer up to 10 fellowships that are open to graduate students in Ph.D. programs from across the university, in all fields of study. The fellowship creates a supportive community in which fellows will examine ethical questions specific to their research, and that more broadly relate to their roles as scholars and as citizens. In a workshop that meets twice a month, fellows will present their research and reflect upon the ethical questions it raises substantively and methodologically. In addition, the workshop this year will address broad, enduring questions about ethics and the academy, including:

  • What obligations do universities as institutions, and researchers within them, have to serve the public good?
  • When controversies erupt on campus, what values should guide their resolution?
  • Who gets admitted to selective universities and why?

We will consider the foundational values (e.g., justice, equality, freedom) underlying debates about these questions, and consider the tensions among them both in theory and in the policies that shape academic life. Through the workshop, fellows will gain exposure to an array of perspectives and methodologies for thinking about ethical issues specific to their research, within the academic community, and more broadly within society.

Program Structure

Fellows will attend a workshop that meets twice a month each quarter (on alternating Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.) to share their work in progress, hear from visiting speakers, and discuss topical readings. Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,000 per quarter for three quarters. The fellowship is a commitment for the entirety of the 2020-21 academic year, and fellows must attend each of the workshop sessions.

Application Process

The fellowship is open to graduate students in Ph.D. programs from across the university. A complete application includes:​

  • Short response (500 words total) to the questions: Why do you want to participate in this program and how will it advance your work? What would you bring to the fellowship cohort?
  • CV

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Name of a faculty reference (just a name, a letter is not needed at this time)

For questions about the fellowship, email Anne Newman.

Meet the current cohort