What is the competition about?

The Neurophilosophy of Free Will consortium has been holding joint-talk seminars featuring an established neuroscientist and philosopher since early 2020. These talks have been well attended and have become rather popular. In 2021, we published a call for applications for neurophilosophy joint talks that featured work carried out by early-career researchers. Three pairs of neuroscientists and philosophers won that competition. 

This year, we again invite applications from early-career researchers (postbacs, graduate students, postdocs, and non-tenured faculty) to propose a joint seminar in neuroscience and philosophy of free will (and related fields). Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as a pair – one neuroscientist and one philosopher – and jointly propose two connected talks. The winning seminars will be promoted and featured in our joint-talk series as well as provided with a small honorarium. 

Who is qualified to apply?

To submit an application, you must:

  • have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field;
  • not be a tenured faculty member;
  • have background in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive sciences, philosophy, or related fields.
What should I submit?
  • Curriculum Vitae of each applicant (up to 4 pages);
  • An original joint proposal for the seminar (limit 500 words).

    The proposal should describe the seminar, including its main theme; how the neuroscience and philosophy talks are connected and related to each other; how the seminar relates to the neurophilosophy of free will; and how the background of the applicants supports their application.

Please send all the materials above to freewill@brain.chapman.edu, where questions can also be directed.

When is the application due?

July 31st, 2022 (anywhere on earth)

What will the winners receive?
  • The winning pairs will be invited to give a webinar similar to those given so far;
  • The proposal and the seminar will be promoted on our website as well as on future newsletters to project subscribers;
  • Each member of the winning team will receive a small honorarium.


Please contact us at freewill@brain.chapman.edu.