Ciencias Sociales y Humanas

14 de marzo de 2023

Self-Control in Context: A Summer School for Early-Career Scholars

The Self-Control in Context project calls for applications to a one-week seminar in Bogotá at Universidad Externado de Colombia from July 31st – August 4th, 2023.

Call for Participants

Interested in researching character and decision-making in Latin America?  

Join us in Bogotá, Colombia, for a research seminar aimed at building a community of early-career researchers doing cutting-edge work in decision-making and the virtues in Latin America. You will meet other like-minded early-career researchers in philosophy, psychology, policy, and related fields, receive training in cutting-edge interdisciplinary tools, form new international collaborations, and design your own project to conduct original research. This fully-funded one-week experience will help you produce valuable research and build lasting relationships. The most promising projects will receive seed funding to get started.  

The seminar

As a seminar participant, you will reside in Bogotá and are expected to have full-time dedication during the days of the seminar, having prepared seminar readings in advance. Your lodging and multiple meals will be covered by the Project. Travel costs are not covered, but each participant will receive a stipend of USD $1.500 (minus applicable taxes and fees). You will also be eligible to participate in a competition for Startup Awards of up to USD $8.000, given to the most promising research projects developed during the seminar.

By participating in this seminar, you will learn cutting-edge work on motivation, rationality, and self-control, ecological approaches to decision-making, as well as innovative research methodologies to study these topics with high ecological validity including experience sampling, experimental philosophy, and open science practices. You will put these tools into practice by creating and pitching your own collaborative research project.

How to apply

Applicants must be graduate (Masters or PhD) students or early-career scholars (having received their PhD no earlier than July 2017) in Philosophy, Psychology, Policy, or related disciplines. We will also consider candidates with an exceptional research record who have initiated work on project-related themes and may benefit from participating in the seminar. Due to the goals of the project, priority will be placed on candidates with a track record of successful work in Latin America or with Latin American communities. However, applicants are not required to have a record of prior work in Latin America or in the topics of the seminar. If you are interested in being part of this community of innovative researchers, we would like to consider your application.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents by May 15th, 2023:

  • Complete CV (including contact information: phone and address).
  • Letter of intent (in English) explaining how participation in the seminar can help further the candidate’s educational or career goals (1–2 pages).
  • Writing sample (in English or Spanish, max. 4000 words) on any academic subject.
  • Graduate students must present (unofficial) transcripts of their grades (including GPA) from their home institution.
  • Contact information for three academic references.

Materials should be submitted by email attachment to The phrase “Seminar Application” should appear in the subject line. Only acceptable formats are .doc(x) and .pdf. If you have questions about the application process, send them to the same address. 

Invited instructors will include:

The Self-Control in Context project is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and supported by Externado de Colombia University.