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Rock Ethics Institute Accepting Applications for 2019–2020 Faculty Fellowships

Deadline: November 1, 2018. If you have questions about the Fellowship or application process, please contact Ben Jones.
by rmb529 Sep 12, 2018

The Rock Ethics Institute invites applications for its 2019–2020 Faculty Fellows program. These fellowships, which have been awarded annually since 2015, provide a two-course release from teaching during a single academic year to support ethics-related research projects by Penn State faculty. For each fellowship, the Rock Ethics Institute provides up to $7,000 in course buyout funds to compensate for releases. Up to two fellowships are awarded annually.

The fellowship program aims to encourage innovative approaches to ethics-related research across disciplines, to support interdisciplinary engagement and collaborations among faculty, and to promote moral literacy and leadership across the University system. Fellows are invited to participate actively in the Rock Ethics Institute’s intellectual community, to attend and participate in Institute events, and to present and discuss their work at public colloquia. Projects that engage with the research interests of the Rock’s core faculty and the Institute’s current research initiatives (also listed below) are especially encouraged. We also welcome proposals that engage with community partners, incorporate students as research collaborators, or are likely to lead to curricular innovations.

The Rock Ethics Institute currently supports research initiatives on Agricultural and Food Ethics; Ethics and Health; Climate and Sustainability Ethics; Critical Philosophy of Race; Democracy and Human Rights; Engineering, Technology, and Ethics; Gender and Sex Equity; Moral Agency and Moral Development; Religion, Spirituality, and Public Life; and Restorative Justice.

Eligibility: Penn State faculty members at all career levels and established research scientists are eligible to apply. Faculty may apply individually or as two-member teams. Each faculty member may submit only one proposal per year. While faculty from any Penn State campus are eligible, those not in residence at University Park should explain how they will meet the Institute’s expectations for active involvement in our intellectual community, collaborations with Institute faculty, and attendance at Institute events during the fellowship year. Faculty are eligible to apply for fellowships from multiple centers or institutes associated with the College of the Liberal Arts, but applicants awarded more than one fellowship for the same academic year can only accept one for that year.

Application Process: To apply for a 2019–2020 Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellowship, please submit an application cover sheet that includes signatures of support from your department and associate dean, a 100-word abstract, a project description of no more than 2,000 words (single-spaced), and an abbreviated CV of no more than 5 pages. All application materials should be submitted in a single PDF file to no later than November 1, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by December 7, 2018.

For materials such as the application cover sheet and more information on the faculty fellows program and previously funded projects, please visit the Faculty Fellows Program page ( Please direct any questions about the Faculty Fellowships or the application process to , .