Research Workshops

Mind and Life is pleased to provide a venue for members of our wider community to host Research Workshops throughout the year at our Visiting Scholars house on the Amherst College campus. Workshops are usually 2- or 3-day intensive meetings, intended to bring together scholars across disciplines to advance work on a particular project or idea. We will consider applications for Workshops on a broad range of contemplative-related themes, but will give preference to those that closely align with our initiatives in Ethics, Education, and Human Development; Mapping the Mind; and Craving, Desire, and Addiction.


Research Workshop organizers are responsible for all administrative elements of their events. Mind and Life will provide the meeting venue free of charge, and up to $6,000 in funding. The Mind and Life at Amherst College location is a charming house that can accommodate meetings of up to 15 people, and also contains a full kitchen, office space, and several rooms appropriate for break-out sessions or working groups.


MLI community members wishing to organize a Research Workshop should submit the following materials (in PDF format) though the online application:

  • CV
  • Summary of proposed Workshop (150 words max)
  • Workshop title and dates
  • Proposal (2-3 pages) including the following:
    • Description of the Workshop
    • Clear explanation of the Workshop’s relevance to MLI’s mission and/or initiatives
    • Anticipated outcomes of the Workshop (e.g., theoretical papers, future meetings, etc.)
    • List of the people who will be invited to the Workshop, including titles and affiliations
  • Budget outlining any requested funds (optional)

We will review Research Workshop applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, with decisions generally made within 8 weeks of receipt.

Click here to access the online application form

Questions about Research Workshops may be sent to