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Philip Arthur Epstein Prize for Philosophy and Entrepreneurship

Philip Arthur Epstein Prize for Philosophy and Entrepreneurship 

The grant will support a student majoring in philosophy and looking to explore possible ways to apply their academic background to professional paths other than academia. Applicants will need to demonstrate their interest in developing and/or enhancing professional skills in fields/industries outside academia. 

Proposed experiences/projects must be located outside the U.S. Projects can vary in nature but should demonstrate the applicants’ initiative, intellectual and professional curiosity, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Possible projects might include, but are not limited to: 

  • Traditional internships, with preference given to startups. In their cover letter, students should address what they hope to learn and how it will help them develop their own entrepreneurial projects. 
  • Any independent (but clearly structured and thought-out) professional project that will help the applicant explore or develop professional interests within business and or entrepreneurship 
  • Language learning experiences outside the traditional classroom 


  • Currently enrolled students majoring in Philosophy
  • First-, second-, and third-year students. First-year students can apply by submitting a Declaration of Intent To Major (see attachment)
  • International opportunities only 


If pursuing an independent project, students must identify a mentor who is an expert in their area of interest and is available to provide guidance through the summer. Please, include name, title and professional affiliation of your mentor in your cover letter. 


Please, submit:

  • A cover letter (one page max.) addressing:
    • Which goals you hope to achieve
    • how your proposed project will contribute to your professional development
    • how your project is influenced by your interest in philosophy
    • your qualifications to work on the project
  • Brief outline/timeline of your project (one page max). The outline should demonstrate that your project is:
    • feasible in the timeframe of the grant (10-12 weeks)
    • carefully planned and thought-out
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation to be sent to Chiara Montanari at
  •  If you will be working for an organization, provide proof of organization’s interest (for example, an email in which your proposed employer expresses interest in hiring you) 

Deadline: June 12th, 2018 9am