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Aug 6 2019

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The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University now is accepting applications for residential fellowships for the 2020–21 academic year.

We encourage applications from scholars and thinkers who are minorities broadly defined, women, and those who represent a wide variety of institutions and countries. Online applications will be accepted on the Center’s website through November 1, 2019. For more information, guidelines, and application requirements, visit

Since its inception in 1954, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University has been a game-changer. Organizational innovation remains a CASBS hallmark. It created the academic year faculty fellowship, and it continues to bring together extraordinary scholars for a year of reflection and synergistic interaction. The Center leads the way in bringing diverse thinkers together to produce collective knowledge and transformative outcomes that none could produce independently. Scholars acting under the Center’s umbrella help correct ill-informed policies and practices, uncover solutions to inequalities and inequities, and offer innovative frameworks for tackling wicked problems. Building upon an excellent track record of facilitating such accomplishments, CASBS is now translating and applying its generative model well beyond the borderlands of social science.

Fellows in the residential fellowship program represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, journalism, public policy, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences.

An academic year at the Center removes fellows from deadlines, teaching responsibilities, committee assignments, hierarchies, and the constraints of disciplinary silos. CASBS provides uninterrupted time and freedom to work on consequential projects. Fellows enjoy a location that affords them access to research and colleagues at Stanford, one of the world’s leading universities.

CASBS encourages fellows to broaden their perspectives, reassess their intellectual positions, and consider alternatives. Their mandate is to ask challenging, provocative questions of themselves and others. Fellows are exposed to different points of view and learn the strengths of different disciplines. They interact regularly through weekly fellows’ seminars and a variety of other activities, developing a sense of community that encourages an open exchange of ideas, theories, and methods.

The result is a collaborative environment that fosters serendipity arising from both planned and unexpected intellectual encounters. We believe that cross-disciplinary interactions lead to beneficial transformations in thinking and research. We seek fellows who will be influential with, and open to influence from, their colleagues in the diverse multidisciplinary cohort we assemble for a given year.

A CASBS fellowship is considered a career milestone by most recipients, and almost all report that the year had a transformative effect on their work. They also form networks and habits of collaboration that endure beyond their time at CASBS. Former fellows include Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, winners of MacArthur “genius awards,” and hundreds of members of the National Academies. Fellows play key roles in starting new fields, research programs, and generative thinking that informs policies and practice.