Varela Awards

Two-year grants are offered to fund research on contemplative techniques in academic fields such as neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, philosophy and contemplative studies, with the ultimate goal that findings will provide greater insight into the mechanisms of contemplative practice and its application for reducing human suffering. To be eligible for a Varela Award, the applicant must have attended the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute as a Research Fellow within the last five years. (Learn more…)

APPLICATION PERIOD: September 5 – October 8, 2014

1440 Awards

Two-year grants are offered to promote research that evaluates whether and how contemplative practice can promote inner well-being and healthy relationships, as well as the development of new methods to assess these outcomes in everyday life. Awards are open to any academic researchers, but applications from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged. (Learn more…)

APPLICATION PERIOD: January 2 – February 5, 2015

Contemplative Studies Fellowship

One-year grants are offered to humanities and social science scholars to support research that brings fresh perspectives from the humanities into contemplative neuroscience and contemplative clinical science. Applicants must have a faculty position, and are required to show how their research strategy and subject matter engage with neuroscientific or clinical studies of contemplative experience. (Learn more…)

We are no longer accepting applications for this grant program.

Online Grant Applications

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Institutional Overhead and Indirect Costs Policy

The policy of the Mind & Life Institute for all grants is that funds may not be used for administrative or overhead fees of the hosting institution.