How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in DISI. Applications for DISI 2020 are now closed. We encourage you to circle back in early 2021 for DISI 2021 applications.

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Detailed here are the majority of questions we are asking applicants of DISI 2020! Click below to access the application portal. You will be asked to create an account, and can then begin working on the application. You do not need to complete the application in one sitting; you can save your work and return to your application again at a later date.

 

The application portal will request your letters of recommendation when you submit your application. We are asking letter writers to submit their letters within two weeks of receiving their letter requests. 

 

Please access our applications at the links below.

 

All applicants, from all countries and career stages, are welcome to apply.

Application materials for FELLOWS:
1) Short essays

i) Please explain why you would like to attend the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute (DISI). How does it fit into your current research or future plans? What impact do you hope it will have on your career?
(max 400 words)

ii) A big part of DISI is the opportunity to engage in new collaborative projects with other participants. Imagine that you are pitching an idea to fellow participants to entice them to join you in a collaborative project. What would that idea be? This doesn’t need to be a fully-formed project idea, but please give us a sense of something you might find exciting to work on. Please remember that this is a great opportunity to develop ideas that cut across disciplinary boundaries and incorporate the expertise of other fellows.
(max 200 words)

iii) What is the most exciting piece of scholarly writing you’ve read in the past year? And what is the most stimulating piece of non-scholarly writing you’ve read in the same timeframe? Why did they ignite your intellectual fires? Note that the work doesn’t have to be recent—if you found inspiration in something written 200 years ago, we’d love to hear about it! We are especially interested in pieces relevant to DISI themes, but they need not be DISI-related. (max 200 words)

iv) Please describe an under-explored aspect or manifestation of intelligence, mind, or cognition that you believe merits further investigation. This does not need to be something from your own work or something that you would be able to study yourself. Rather, we are interested in seeing you think creatively about the nature and diversity of intelligence(s).
(max 200 words)

v) We support and value diversity in all its forms. Explain how your personal background contributes to your having a unique perspective that will be an asset to building a diverse community of scholars.
(max 200 words)

2) CV / Portfolio / Website
3) Two letters of recommendation
  • One should highlight your potential for collaboration across fields and for interdisciplinary work more broadly. We are especially interested in concrete accounts of your success in or capacity for collaborative interdisciplinary projects.

  • The other should highlight the quality of your work within your main field of study. We are especially interested in evidence of your creativity, open-mindedness, and ability to cope with failure.

Application materials for STORYTELLERS:
1) Short essays

i) What is your primary medium? If more than one is relevant, feel free to explain. E.g., "I am a science writer who also hosts a podcast." or "I work in acrylics but also create soundscapes for my installations."
(max 100 words)

ii) Please explain why you would like to attend the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute (DISI). How does it fit into your current or future work? What impact do you hope it will have on your career?
(max 400 words)

iii)  What sorts of ideas do you hope to engage with at DISI? What kind of work do you think might emerge from this experience? There will be an artists' salon during the third week of DISI. This will be an opportunity for storytellers and artists to showcase their work and outline their new projects. What kind of project might you be able to share at an event like this? This doesn’t need to be a fully-formed project idea, but please give us a sense of something you might be excited to work on.
(max 200 words)

iv) What is the most exciting piece of scholarly writing (or other writing in your field) you’ve read in the past year? And what is the most stimulating piece of non-scholarly writing you’ve read in the same time frame? Why did they ignite your intellectual fires? Note that the work doesn’t have to be recent—if you found inspiration in something written 200 years ago, we’d love to hear about it!

(max 200 words)

v) Please describe an under-explored aspect or manifestation of intelligence, mind, or cognition that you believe merits further investigation (through scientific, scholarly, or artistic channels). This does not need to be something from your own work or something that you would be able to work on yourself. Rather, we are interested in seeing how applicants think creatively about the nature and diversity of intelligence.
(max 200 words)

vi) We support and value diversity in all its forms. Explain how your personal background contributes to your having a unique perspective that will be an asset to building a diverse community of scholars.
(max 200 words)

2) CV / Portfolio / Website