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.

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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.

Applications

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 VisitingScholars@mindandlife.org.