Scholarships & Awards

We encourage our students to take full advantage of the scholarship and award opportunities at CSU and beyond. Here are some of particular interest to philosophy students:

Professor Robert Zoellner, who was a member of CSU's Department of English from 1958-1994, established this scholarship to recognize excellent undergraduate philosophy students.

This scholarship, named for Professor Lee Speer (1933-2013), longtime Department of Philosophy faculty, is open to juniors and seniors in any major who wish to pursue issues in agricultural and food systems ethics.

This scholarship is available to full-time undergraduates majoring in philosophy as well as graduate students in philosophy.

Established to honor Professor Fred Johnson's impact as a teacher and his academic achievement as logician in the Department of Philosophy, this scholarship is available to philosophy graduate students.

For a full list of scholarships available to students in the College of Liberal Arts, please visit the College of Liberal Arts Scholarships Page.

Education Abroad

Studying abroad is one of the most high-impact educational experiences out there.  We encourage our students to get out of the classroom—and Colorado!—and experience philosophy at other universities, in other countries, and in other contexts.

The following programs have been specifically chosen to enhance our department’s strengths and specialties. For the most up-to-date information on these programs, please visit Recommended Philosophy Programs Abroad on the Education Abroad website.

Global Philosophies
& Religions

  • Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan
  • USAC India: Health and Society in Bangalore
  • CIEE International Relations with Honors Programs in Peace & Conflict Studies and Psychology in Haifa, Israel
  • International Internship Program in Hong Kong, China
  • Semester at Sea

Environmental Ethics & Sustainability

  • EARTH University (Summer Program) in Costa Rica
  • The School for Field Studies: Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change in Cambodia

General Philosophy

  • USAC Scotland: University of St Andrews Undergraduate Courses 
  • DIS - Summer Courses in Copenhagen, Denmark 
  • University of Tasmania - Hobart, Australia 
  • Macquarie University - Sydney, Australia 
  • USAC South Africa: Stellenbosch University Undergraduate Courses

Institutes & Workshops

We encourage our majors to take advantage of competitive philosophy summer programs, institutes, and workshops across the country, including the large number of institutes designed for students underrepresented in the field of philosophy. Please consider applying for one of these institutes and to spread the word about these opportunities to your student networks.

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI)

The famed PIKSI-Boston and PIKSI-Rock are held each summer. The application deadline is typically in January. PIKSI summer institutes encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy.  Learn about Corrine Petro’s experience at PIKSI, and contact Dr. Cori Wong, another PIKSI alum, for more information.

Pittsburgh Summer Program in Philosophy

The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh hosts summer programs in July with an application due in March. The program features two daily graduate seminars about core issues and cutting-edge topics in the philosophy of science. The program focuses on students underrepresented in philosophy of science, but all qualified North American undergraduate applicants will be considered.

Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity of Philosophy

Rutgers’ summer institute, the longest-running diversity institute, is held each summer with applications due in April. This one-week program introduces students to various areas of specialization in philosophy, gives a better idea of graduate studies, and explores what it means to be a professional philosopher.

UCSD SPWP: Summer Program for Women in Philosophy

UC San Diego’s Summer Program for Women in Philosophy takes place in late summer with applications due in February. The two-week program features intensive courses and workshops to provide an engaging philosophical learning experience and help students prepare for graduate school in philosophy.

Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University

This two-week summer program includes daily seminars and activities arranged by Brown philosophy faculty. The program is typically held in July with applications due in March. Juniors interested in pursuing a career in philosophy who identify as a member of a traditionally underrepresented gropu are urged to apply. Also open to seniors and recent grads.