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Worldwide Student Competition 2020

We invite applications for one or more fellowships on the philosophy and neuroscience of free will and moral responsibility, including how the brain enables conscious, causal control of decisions and actions. Support can be requested for part or full time for 6-12 months and could potentially be extended to a second year. Predoctoral students can request up to $25,000 per year in funding, and postdocs can request up to $50,000 per year. These positions are funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the Fetzer Institute. For more information on the project, see https://neurophil-freewill.org.

Applicants can be postdocs, graduate students, or postbacs and should have strong background in neuroscience, psychology, or philosophy. We have a preference for mobility of ideas or persons, so applicants can propose to engage in interdisciplinary training (e.g., neuroscientist wishing to get training in philosophy or vice versa) and would ideally come to work during at least part of the fellowship with one of the grant PIs: Uri Maoz (Project Leader), Tim Bayne, Ned Block, Patrick Haggard, Mark Hallett, John-Dylan Haynes, Pamela Hieronymi, Gabriel Kreiman, Hans Liljenström, Alfred Mele, Liad Mudrik, Tim O’Connor, Adina Roskies, Aaron Schurger, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Tillmann Vierkant, and Gideon Yaffe. Pre-application requests to work with any PI should be directed to that PI.

An application should include:
(1) a cover letter explaining why the applicant is interested in the position (limit 500 words);
(2) an original project proposal (limit 1000 words), including information about when and where the applicant will use the fellowship;
(3) an approval letter from the applicant’s current advisor (where appropriate) and from the proposed host advisor (where applicable);
(4) email addresses of 2-4 referees who have agreed to provide recommendations.

The deadline for submission is February 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (anywhere on earth). The winners will be chosen by a prize committee and be informed by email by March 31, 2020. The fellowship could start as early as July 1, 2020 and must end by July 31, 2021. Please email all materials to freewill@brain.chapman.edu, where questions can also be directed.

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences

UConn Cognitive Science Program

UConn Philosophy Department

UConn Humanities Institute

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Centre for Language Evolution, University of Edinburgh

New Group: Books, Banter, and Barks (by Patricia Tirrell)

Interested in books about dog behavior and in conversations with the authors? APDT member Patricia Tirrell has just created a fantastic new group, "Books, Banter, and Barks" where you can read books and have discussions with the authors and other members. The group is located at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BooksBanterandBarks/ to join select the "join" option and be sure to answer the three questions that are asked of each prospective member. If you have any questions please contact patricia@confident-dog.com #APDT