This website is a place for the collection and dissemination of information related to philosophy graduate school applications and the application workshop Wonder Philosophy.
The workshop aims to provide information and guidance related to philosophy graduate school applications to students from disadvantaged background who may have difficulty acquiring this information otherwise. The goal is to state norms and expectations associated with graduate school applications, which are assumed to be obvious but are never actually discussed, explicitly to students whose lack of information or “connection” may otherwise put them at a disadvantage when applying to graduate school. In particular, we aim to address the following themes: deciding where to apply, putting together an application package, assessing programs and potential advisors during campus visits, and the job prospects of philosophy PhDs.
The workshop was started by graduate students from the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science (LPS) and the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. The Pittsburgh adaptation of the workshop is run by the Minorities and Philosophy Pitt Chapter, as well as graduate students from the Department of Philosophy and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.
This website is currently still a work-in-progress, as various pages are empty. We are full-time students who are not paid or (officially) valued to conduct research to fill these pages. Consequently, we appreciate any help in the form of resource pointers, content corrections, or topic suggestions.
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Come talk to us at our 2-day workshop at UC Irvine or Pitt!
We aim to host annual workshops for students who meet the following criteria:
1) you have seriously considered doing philosophy graduate school.
2) you are in a position to apply within the next 2 years (i.e., at most 2 years away from completing a 4-year Bachelor’s degree by fall). Master’s students and working professionals thinking about going back to school are both encouraged to apply.
3) you are a first-generation college student, or … not (more on this here).
4) you live in the SoCal region (for the Irvine workshops) or anywhere (for the Pittsburgh workshop)
5) you are able to attend the two-day conference in its full entirety (barring emergencies).
You do not have to have made up your mind about applying to grad school.
You do not have to major in philosophy.
The workshop is free of charge. We are sometimes able to provide a small stipend for parking or food, depending on funding.
More on applications here.
Want to start your own version of Wonder?
If you’d like to start a similar workshop at your own institution, we are happy to provide organizational support and/or a space for advertisement here. You can find contact information here or use the contact form.