Mind & Life Fellows
Mind & Life Fellows are distinguished leaders in their respective field of expertise who together comprise a network of excellence in the study of the mind and contemplative research.
- Elena Antonova, PhD, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK, Research Fellow
- James Austin, PhD, Contemplative Fellow
- Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Contemplative Fellow
- Lisette Cooper, PhD, Founder and Managing Partner, Athena Capital Advisors, Leadership Fellow
- Nilanjana Dasgupta, PhD, Professor & Director of Faculty Equity & Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences University of Massachusetts Amherst, Research Fellow
- Gaelle Desbordes, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Research Fellow
- Daniel Irurah, PhD, University of the Witwatersrand, Research Fellow
- Louis Komjathy, PhD, University of San Diego, Research Fellow
- Brooke Lavelle, PhD, Courage of Care, Leadership Fellow
- Jennifer Mascaro, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Research Fellow
- Brendan Ozawa-DeSilva, PhD, Associate Director, Emory University, Research Fellow
- Chikako Ozawa-DeSilva, PhD, Emory University, Research Fellow
- Ed Taylor, PhD, Vice Provost and Dean, University of Washington, Leadership Fellow
- Theo Sowa, MA, African Women’s Development Fund
- Michael Eze, PhD, University of Cambridge, University of Amsterdam
Inaugurated in 2009, the first Fellows were given their designation based on contributions to Mind & Life programs. Since that time and with the growth of our field, Fellowship has matured beyond a simple designation. Today, the Mind & Life Fellows Program is a formal effort to mobilize and engage a global network of notable scientists, scholars, changemakers and contemplative practitioners. Fellows represent diverse disciplines, sectors and traditions, though all are aligned with the Mind & Life Institute’s mission, vision and core values.
What is a Mind & Life Fellow?
Fellows are selected for this honor based on their exemplary work and are not required to fulfill specific duties, yet are encouraged to support and serve Mind & Life in ways that meaningfully resonate. Most importantly, Fellows provide critical insight and service to Mind & Life programs and community-building initiatives.
Ongoing revisions to the program include a greater diversification and internationalization of Fellows and new opportunities for networking and mentorship between Fellows and more junior members of the Mind & Life community.
Types of Mind & Life Fellows
- Research Fellow – A scientific (basic, clinical or social sciences) or humanistic researcher or scholar engaged in contemplative sciences and/or studies.
- Leadership Fellow – A thought leader or change-maker who facilitates application of contemplative interventions into real world settings.
- Contemplative Fellow – A contemplative teacher and practitioner who engages in dialogue with scientists and scholars.
Principles of the Fellows Program
- Honorary fellowship to select group of experts from multiple disciplines who have contributed significantly to the Mind & Life mission and broader community.
- Service in the Fellows Program is strictly voluntary.
- Once confirmed by the Steering Council, Fellows are tenured for life.
- No formal time commitment is required of Fellows, unless a Fellow is asked to join a specific Mind & Life program or activity, for which time expectations are delineated.
Benefits of Being a Mind & Life Fellow
- Participate in Mind & Life Fellows’ programs and special events.
- Engage and collaborate with a global network of influential leaders committed to contemplative scholarship and practice.
- Meet and mentor junior contemplative scientists, scholars and practitioners.
- Receive recognition and have your work highlighted in Mind & Life communications.
- Has made significant contributions to the mission and vision of the Mind & Life Institute and more broadly to contemplative sciences, studies and practice through her/his scholarship, activities and influence.
- Is or has been involved with the Mind & Life Institute.
- Has been an invited presenter at a Mind & Life program (Dialogue, Summer Research Institute, International Symposium or legacy program).
- Has served on a Mind & Life committee (program planning, grant review, Steering Council, board, etc.).
- Has partnered or collaborated on a Mind & Life program or grant.
- Exemplifies qualities that align with the Mind & Life mission, vision, and core values (rigor, kindheartedness, integrity, synergy and community).
Nominating a New Fellow
The Mind & Life Institute is committed to building a rigorous community of interdisciplinary contemplatives, scholars and scientists which depends upon diversity of perspectives and experiences. Fellows are encouraged to consider candidates of all races, genders, ages, religions ￼and sexual orientations in the nominating process. Service in the Fellows program is strictly voluntary. No fee is required.
Current Mind & Life Fellows and staff members at the Mind & Life Institute are eligible to nominate others who meet the criteria for being a Fellow (see below). Mind & Life Fellows are encouraged to nominate new Fellows who would contribute to the diverse global network of distinguished Mind & Life Fellows across the three different types of fellowship: Research, Leadership and Contemplative.
The Nomination Process
- Complete and submit the nomination form
- Once a nomination is submitted, each nominee will be notified via email and prompted to accept or decline their nomination
- Once accepted, each nominee is invited to complete a personal profile and statement, as well as submit their resume/CV.
- Nominations are reviewed and selected annually each fall by the Mind & Life Steering Council.
- New Fellows will be notified by November 15 each year.
*Note that the deadline for nominations this year will be October 23, 2017.
If you have any suggestions or questions regarding these revisions to the Fellows program, or about future directions of the program, please direct your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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