Visiting Fellows Program

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John Dewey with friends and colleagues in China

The Center for Dewey Studies announces a new Visiting Fellows Program to begin in Fall 2024. Selected Fellows will visit the Center for one or two terms during the academic year (Fall or Spring). Visiting Fellows have no teaching or administrative duties at SIU, but are here to pursue their own research and interact informally with our scholarly community. The program is designed for self-funded scholars including, but not limited to, faculty who are on paid sabbatical or who are recently retired, postdoctoral scholars with external funding for a postdoctoral fellowship, and scholar-practitioners with independent funding.

We encourage applications from scholars of all disciplines working on the life, work, or legacy of John Dewey, as well as scholars and scholar-practitioners whose work is broadly Deweyan in spirit, and who would benefit from interaction with a community of Dewey scholars, such as those working on progressive educational reform, deliberative and participative democracy and community life, aesthetic experience and the built environment, or science and technology as practical arts for the public good.

Program Benefits

  • A supplementary stipend of up to $750 per month, as needed, to help defray costs of temporary relocation.
  • A desk / work space in the Center for Dewey Studies, located in the Morris Library at SIU.
  • Library and computer privileges at SIU.
  • Basic office support.
  • Access to regular talks, discussions, conferences, workshops, and other activities at the Center.
  • Ability (with instructor permission) to sit in on graduate seminars at SIU.
  • Participation in the scholarly community of other visiting fellows, affiliated SIU faculty and graduate students, and local associates of the Center, providing a rich environment for discussions of Dewey studies, pragmatism, American philosophy, and related areas of inquiry.


Fellows are expected to:

  • Pursue their own research project based on their application.
  • Give one Lunchtime Talk per academic term.
  • Attend weekly research meetings of the Center for Dewey Studies focused on workshopping the research of fellows and select CDS faculty and students.
  • Participate in the scholarly community of the Center through talks, discussions, and other activities.
  • Reside in Carbondale, IL for the term of their fellowship.
  • Make daily use of their assigned work space in the Center.

Fellows will be encouraged to be available for discussions with and advice for graduate students. Typically, fellows should arrive before the start of the semester in which their visit starts (see SIU Calendar) and depart no earlier than the end of the last full month of the term (November and April, respectively). Alternate visit schedules should be discussed in advance.

Application Process

Visiting Fellows should have a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant field of study, or should be in the dissertation research and writing phase of their doctoral studies; alternatively, scholar-practitioners should have at least five years of professional experience prior to the start of the fellowship.

Applicants should be prepared to supply the following:

  1. A brief description of the research project to be undertaken during residence (500-1000 words)
  2. A description of the source and amount of funds available to support your visit (and the status of any funding application), as well as an indication of need for supplementary funds, if needed. (Some preference is given to completely self-funded applicants.)
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. Sample of written work or other relevant projects.
  5. A letter of reference from a colleague or mentor familiar with your work, emailed directly to

Click here to fill out the application form.

For fullest consideration, applicants for the 2024-25 academic year should apply before July 1, whether they plan to come for Fall, Spring, or both semesters. From July 1, applications for any remaining spots will be considered on a rolling basis.

Extended Visits

Visits may be extended through the summer through prior arrangement, though stipend and office support will not be available during the summer.

Returning Fellows Policy

A Visiting Fellow can hold a fellowship at the Center for at most two semesters every six years. In other words, after your first semester-long Fellowship, you can spend another semester as a Center Fellow in the six years following. If you have spent an academic year at the Center, you have to wait six years to be eligible for another Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Dewey Studies. After six years, the clock is reset. Those ineligible for the Visiting Fellows Program are still welcome to come to the Center as visiting researchers.

Click here to apply
The Center for Dewey Studies Visiting Fellows program has been inspired by similar programs at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, and the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science.