Contemplative Social Justice Scholars Program

Apply by the end of Monday, September 30th!

Through September 30, 2019, we are accepting applications from graduate students and junior* faculty and staff 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 11th Annual ACMHE Conference at UMass Amherst, Radical Well-Being in Higher Education: Approaches for Renewal, Justice, and Sustainability.

Awardees will receive free conference and pre-conference registration, plus $1,250 to cover travel, lodging, and meals**. Awards are conditional upon conference attendance.

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

** Arrangements for travel, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the awardee. $1250 (USD) is payable in two installments: $1000 upon acceptance of the award, and $250 upon return of the post-conference report by December 1, 2019.

How to Apply

Please provide the following (300 words per item or less). 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.

    1. Professional bio sketch;
    2. Description of how your work and your interests relate to the themes of the conference;
    3. Summary of the learning and experiences you hope to take away from the conference.

To apply, email your application to grants@contemplativemind.org by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET) Monday, September 30th, 2019.  We will respond by October 8th.

For Recipients: Required Deliverables

Post-Conference Report Guidelines
As emerging scholars, your perspective is especially important to the development of this field. Our goal is to learn about your experience to 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 affected your understanding of the relationship between contemplative practices and social justice.
    2. What challenges and opportunities do you face in the work of contemplative social justice? What forms of support or resources help you to respond to 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 conference experience.

There is no expected length or word count for your report; we encourage you to respond to these questions with as much detail as you think is required. Reports are due December 1, 2019.

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