In our continued efforts towards equity, diversity, and inclusion, Mind & Life has a commitment to increase participation of individuals from culturally diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds, and those with financial need. We know the field of contemplative research is immeasurably enriched through the intersections of a multitude of perspectives and experiences. With the support of generous donors, scholarship funding is available to people who might otherwise be unable to attend the SRI. This includes those who identify as being from historically underrepresented backgrounds, international, or having financial need—persons whose presence and whose contributions are essential to the development of the field and the full realization of our community.
In addition, a small amount of scholarship funding is also available for individuals who are full-time monastics or members of the clergy (ordained or in full-time training). Individuals who wish to be considered for a monastic scholarship should indicate so as part of their scholarship application.
Scholarship applications for the 2021 Summer Research Institute are submitted as part of the general application form (opening the first week of December 2020). Scholarship awards come in two types: travel stipends and registration scholarships. Applicants may apply to be considered for one or both. In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 150-300 word personal statement that describes their need and how a scholarship to the Summer Research Institute will enable their work and help them to achieve their research/professional goals. (Please note: individuals applying for a monastic scholarship will also need to provide a brief 150-word description of their monastic/clerical background).
Scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards, including funding amounts, along with the general application decision letters that will be sent in early April 2021.