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Call for Applications-- Institute on Diversity: Why & How Difference Makes a Difference

Application portal can be accessed starting October 29th, 2021. 

Application Now Closed


Mary Murphy, psychology, Indiana University, CASBS fellow 2015-16
Jennifer Richeson, psychology, Yale University, CASBS fellow 2021-22
Katherine Stovel, sociology, University of Washington, CASBS fellow 2008-09

About the CASBS Summer Institute on Diversity

The inaugural CASBS summer institute on Diversity: Why & How Difference Makes a Difference will occur from June 20th - July 1st, 2022 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences on the Stanford University campus.  Twelve applicants will be selected and awarded tuition, room and board, and travel.

The application portal will remain open until January 7, 2022. Awards will be announced by email no later than February 25, 2022.

Topics and Purpose

The CASBS Summer Institute on Diversity has a dual mission. Substantively the Institute will engage in field building around social scientific investigation of why, how and when difference makes a difference. In doing so, the institute will develop an on-going collaboration and support network of emerging scholars from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education.

The proposed Diversity Institute will be loosely modeled on CASBS’s prior successful multi-year summer programs, such as “Organizations and Their Effectiveness” and “Contentious Politics.”  The Institute will bring approximately 12 early-career scholars (postdoctoral fellows through pre-tenure faculty) with interests in diversity-related scholarly issues to CASBS for two weeks of intensive training and interaction with a small and rotating group of established scholars whose theoretical, methodological, and substantive expertise relates to the core questions of why and how diversity and difference matters. As with other CASBS summer programs, the Diversity Institute will partner with multiple academic organizations in order to develop a diverse community of participants who can support and work with each other, both during their time at the Institute and afterward.

Over the course of the two-week program, participants will both interact with the senior faculty and create multi-disciplinary group projects examining questions of mutual interest.  At the conclusion of the summer program, participants will be invited to join biannual or quarterly convocations that bring together all previous years’ cohorts. In this way, CASBS will become a hub where the emerging network can flourish. These ongoing interactions should both facilitate participants’ career advancement and stimulate new contributions to this field, borne of the knowledge shared and the connections made at the training institute.


The application includes five parts: 

  • Application form

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Personal Statement (3000 character limit with spaces)

    • Please describe how participation in the Institute on Diversity will advance your research and career goals.
  • Project Statement (3000 character limit with spaces)

    • Please describe one of your current or planned projects that relates to the study of diversity.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

    • Recommendations will be treated confidentially and submitted through our secure application system. Once you have completed your application, an automated email will be sent to your references with instructions on how to submit their recommendation. Recommendations are due by January 14, 2022.

The application portal will remain open until January 7, 2022. Awards will be announced by email no later than February 25, 2022. For additional information please contact Betsy Rajala (


Those eligible to apply include post-doctoral fellows (those already in post-doctoral positions as of January 1, 2022) and pre-tenure faculty from the social and behavioral sciences and allied professional schools. For our purposes, the social and behavioral sciences includes the core social science disciplines (e.g., anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) as well as those who study the human behavioral or social dimensions of other fields. We are also interested in applications from scholars affiliated with four-year colleges and with colleges and universities attended predominantly by minority students.


The Center is located on a hillside overlooking the Stanford University campus. Comfortable studies in beautiful surroundings will be provided.


Admitted applicants will be offered support to fully cover all expenses, including transportation (within the usual university-mandated constraints on travel expenses).. Lodging will be provided and meals will be covered. Though not required, any financial contribution from a participant's home institution would be greatly appreciated.

Funding for the Institute is provided by the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.