Apply to COMPASS at Michigan 2020

Link to application form:

Extended application deadline: May 17, 2020 (See below for an update on our response to COVID-19)

Workshop dates: October 8-10, 2020

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan is thrilled to announce COMPASS at Michigan 2020. This workshop will bring together students from a diversity of backgrounds for a weekend of philosophical discussion, networking and mentoring. Advanced undergraduates and M.A. students (first and second year) are eligible to apply.


Applicants should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be part of a group/demographic underrepresented in academic philosophy;

  • Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in philosophy

The workshop will take place October 8-10, 2020. Workshop participants are expected to read in advance 3 papers from a range of subfields (depending in part on the interests of accepted participants). In addition to sessions discussing the papers, there will be one session featuring faculty members giving advice on graduate school and one session featuring a graduate student panel on graduate school applications and graduate student life. There will also be opportunities to attend a department colloquium talk, attend graduate student research presentations, and meet with graduate student mentors. COVID-19 UPDATE: We will still be running the workshop this fall. However, if the University of Michigan is still conducting courses online in October, we will transition to a virtual workshop format. We will keep participants updated about this as the situation develops. 


All transportation, accommodation, and food costs will be covered for the students selected. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified in June 2020.


To apply, complete the application at 

There are two components to the application:

  1. Basic information form

  2. File uploads

    1. Academic statement (max. 500 words): Provide an academic statement addressing the following questions: What is your level of studies? What areas of philosophy interest you the most and why? What are your future plans in studying philosophy? If you are writing a senior or MA thesis, include a brief description of it.

    2. Personal statement (max. 500 words): Provide a personal statement that describes your experience in philosophy as a member of an underrepresented group and/or your sustained commitment to diversity in philosophy.

    3. Writing sample (suggested length 750 words): Provide a brief writing sample that reflects your best philosophical work.  If you have a sample that is longer or shorter than the suggested length do not let this deter you from submitting, though if it is longer please point us towards an excerpt that best represents your own thinking. 

Any questions or concerns can be directed to We look forward to receiving your applications!

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