Apply to COMPASS at Michigan 2019

Link to application form:

Application deadline extended to May 1, 2019

Workshop dates: September 12-14, 2019

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan is thrilled to announce COMPASS at Michigan 2019. 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 September 12-14, 2019. Workshop participants are expected to read in advance 4 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 two sessions devoted to mentoring and advice from faculty members and graduate students on graduate school applications and graduate student life.


All transportation, accommodation, and food costs will be covered for the students selected. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019. Students selected to participate will be notified by the end of May 2019.


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): Please 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, please include a brief description of it.

    2. Personal statement (max. 500 words): Please provide a personal statement describing your experience in philosophy as a member of an underrepresented group and/or your sustained commitment to diversity in philosophy. Please be specific and detailed in your response, and include any information and experiences that may be relevant to the selection committee. Examples of sustained commitment to diversity in philosophy might include, but are not limited to: participation and/or leadership in diversity organizations and initiatives, experience mentoring other students in philosophy, participation in workshops or conferences focusing on work by underrepresented groups in philosophy, experience contributing to or working for philosophy journals which publish work produced by individuals from underrepresented groups, etc.

    3. Writing sample (max. 750 words): Please provide a brief writing sample that reflects your best philosophical work. We encourage you to select your writing sample from papers you have written for your philosophy courses. Excerpts from longer papers are acceptable, but make sure to choose a portion of your writing which best represents your own original ideas and arguments, not just summary of others' work.


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

For a PDF version of the Call for Applications, click here.

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