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The Balter Fellowships

The UNC Department of Philosophy is now accepting applications to the Balter Undergraduate Diversity Fellowships in Philosophy. The goal of the Fellowships is to foster a more inclusive environment in the Philosophy Department’s undergraduate programs, and to create space for a diverse range of people, perspectives, topics, and problems to receive increased attention and support within the Department. The Balter Undergraduate Diversity Fellowships are open to all UNC students who will be enrolled in both the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 terms, regardless of year or major.

Successful applicants will be named Balter Fellows for the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 terms, and will receive a stipend of $1,500. Balter Fellows will be invited guests at the Balter Distinguished Lecture in March, and will organize and lead the Philosophy Reimagined discussion series in the Spring 2024 term.

Applications will consist of 1) A brief statement of a philosophical question or problem that the applicant would like to explore; 2) A brief explanation of the ways in which diverse perspectives, approaches, or techniques might help to address the question or problem; 3) A suggestion of one or two Spring 2024 Philosophy courses that would help the applicant to explore the question or problem; and 4) A current CV.

Parts 1-3 of the application can consist of either a document not exceeding 1000 words, or a recorded video of the applicant not exceeding 4 minutes. The CV should be in Word or pdf format.

The application deadline is Friday, October 20th, 2023, at 5pm. Please address all inquiries and application materials to Prof. Carla Merino-Rajme, Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Department of Philosophy,