The Mirabai Bush Contemplative Scholars Program

We are proud to honor the work of Mirabai Bush, CMind’s founding Director, with a new annual award program for emerging scholars.

Accepting Applications through July 30, 2018

Mirabai BushMirabai Bush is a co-founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and served as its Executive Director until 2008. Under her direction, CMind developed many programs serving educators, youth and youth leaders, lawyers and judges, businesspeople, social justice and environmental activists, military caregivers and journalists, and grew a network of thousands of people integrating contemplative practice and perspective into their lives and work. Since 2008, she has served as a Senior Fellow at CMind. Her manifestation of mindfulness in action has been a warm and steady source of inspiration. To recognize her extraordinary contributions, on the occasion of celebrating the 20th anniversary of CMind in October 2017, we established the Mirabai Bush Contemplative Scholars program.

CMind is now accepting applications from graduate students and junior faculty* to become the first Mirabai Bush Contemplative Scholars. These awards will provide financial support to two emerging scholars in this field to attend the 10th Annual ACMHE Conference, in Amherst, Massachusetts: Imagining Humane Institutions: Connection, Social Action and Scholarship Rooted in Contemplative Practices.

Two awardees will each receive conference tuition and a $1280 stipend for their travel, lodging, meals and expenses. 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. The scholarships are intended to support early-career, nontenured faculty (or researchers, or equivalent): those who, as of October 2018, are within the first three years of a primary academic position (not beyond the assistant professor level). There are no age restrictions. If your situation does not fit cleanly into this category, please describe it in your application.

How to Apply

Please be sure that your application helps us understand your engagement with contemplative practices and imagining humane institutions, as well as why you want to attend the 2018 ACMHE conference. There are no location, nationality, or citizenship restrictions​, although awards are made in US funds and grant reports must be submitted in English.

Please provide the following (300 word limit per item):

  • your professional biosketch;

  • a description of how your work and your interests relate to the themes of the 2018 ACMHE conference;

  • a summary of the learning and experiences you hope to take away from the conference.

To apply, email your application to by July 30th, 2018. We will respond on August 17th.

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 post-conference reports are to learn about your experience at 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 action to create more just and humane institutions.

2) What challenges and opportunities do you face in the work of integrating contemplative practice with action for 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 exploring how to integrate contemplative practice with action for 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.

This program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors. Thank you for your donations. You make a difference!

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