Set in a beautiful house affiliated with Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Mind and Life’s Visiting Scholars program provides time and space for self-directed and intensive individual and collaborative work between scholars, Institute staff, and the local academic community.

It is specifically geared toward scholars who are self-motivated and who would benefit from a minimally structured program that allows for maximum time and dedication toward one’s projects.

The Visiting Scholars House provides shared, nonresidential working space for up to seven Visiting Scholars at a time. Scholars will have access to the libraries of the Five Colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst) as well as other resources at Amherst College.

In addition, regularly scheduled lunch discussions and peer-led seminars will offer Visiting Scholars opportunities for informal dialogue across disciplines.

By bringing together Junior and Senior Scholars in one place for stays from six weeks to a semester, the Visiting Scholars program broadens the collective efforts and impact of the fields of contemplative science and studies.

Recent projects undertaken by scholars-in-residence include research that explores the mindful dimensions of artificial intelligence, a project that will result in a curriculum that addresses teacher burnout, the development of studies that aim to understand the cognitive nature of attention, and a book project on what Buddhism can teach women about the nature (and myths) of self-sacrifice. Other successful applications have focused on book projects, non-laboratory research, and the development of introspective and contemplative methodologies.

Mind and Life is not currently accepting applications for this program.

Past Visiting Scholars

2015 Visiting Scholar Recipients

2014 Visiting Scholar Recipients

2013 Visiting Scholar Recipients