CFP: Athena in Action 2024: A Networking and Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy

Submission deadline: January 15, 2024

Conference date(s):
June 24, 2024 - June 27, 2024

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Conference Venue:

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, United States

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Athena in Action:  A Networking and Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy workshop will take place at the University of Notre Dame, June 24-27, 2024. The application deadline is January 15, 2024. Thirty-five PhD students in philosophy from outside Notre Dame will be selected to participate in the workshop: seven submitted papers will be selected to be discussed at the workshop; fourteen students will be selected as commentators on the papers; and fourteen more students will be selected as chairs of sessions.  An additional roughly five students will be selected from Notre Dame's PhD program.  This will be a pre-read workshop: all participants will be expected to read the seven papers on the program in advance, and to participate fully in the workshop. In addition to seven sessions of substantive philosophy, there will be five sessions at which professional advice will be offered by fourteen faculty mentors.


Philosophy PhD students are eligible to apply as long as they are planning to graduate or defend their dissertations in May 2024 or later. (If your PhD program does not require a dissertation defense, you must be planning to complete your degree requirements in May 2024 or later.) 

Graduate students (from outside the sponsoring universities, Rutgers, Princeton, Cornell, and Notre Dame) who attended a previous Athena in Action workshop are not eligible to apply to the 2024 workshop. 

While the workshop may be particularly useful to women, people of any gender or gender identity are eligible to apply.

How to Apply:

Applicants must fill out a short online application form, submit a writing sample, and provide the name of a professor who will recommend the student.  

Note that the application form asks for a 100-to-200-word statement answering the question “Why would you benefit from this workshop in particular?”  (The answer must be typed into a text box within the application form.)  

Recommenders will be asked to provide one paragraph, maximum 300 words, addressing the applicant’s philosophical talents and/or how the applicant would benefit from the workshop. Recommenders will receive an email with instructions on how to submit their paragraph (no later than January 18) once the applicant has submitted an application. 

Writing samples must be no longer than 7,000 words, including notes and references, and must be prepared for anonymous review. Writing samples must be unpublished, and must not be forthcoming, at the time of submission. Papers on any topic in philosophy are welcome.

The page for online application can be found here: 

We will notify all applicants by April 30, 2024.

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