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The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) at the New School for Social Research (New York) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting fellowship applications for our 2020 Summer Seminars (7-13 June, 2020). Advanced graduate students and faculty are eligible to apply to participate as Fellows in one of the three seminars below. Applications are due 15 December 2019 and applicants must select one seminar only.

Advanced doctoral students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences at any institution are invited to apply to participate as Fellows in one of the three seminars (applicants may only select ONE seminar). There are 60 available seats (20 per seminar).

Successful applications will be those that demonstrate a compelling rationale for joining the particular seminar for which the candidate is applying, significant intellectual preparation, and a commitment to critical and creative thought in a collaborative environment.

If you have previously been a Fellow at ICSI, you are eligible to apply again.

2020 Faculty and Seminars

Noam Chomsky (University of Arizona/MIT) 
Teetering on the Brink: Will Civilization Long Survive?

Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) 
The Rise of Extractive Logics in Our Economies and Societies

Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths, University of London) 


Tuition includes the weeklong seminar (including 5 Master Classes and 5 Workshops), one public lecture by each of the three faculty, one communal lunch, and the opening and closing receptions. Tuition does NOT cover travel, housing, or food. Tuition fees for all Fellows are below-cost, thanks to funding from the New School’s Board of Trustees and private gifts. Tuition fees are as follows:

Full Tuition
PhD students/candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and contingent faculty: $900
Junior faculty (tenure-track): $1,100
Tenured faculty: $1,500

Reduced Tuition*
Students and faculty: $400

Tuition for New School PhD students/faculty
Accepted students and faculty from the New School attend tuition-free

Applications are due before midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified with admissions decisions by February 15th, 2020. If accepted, a $100 deposit is due by March 1, 2020, with the balance due by April 1, 2020.

You cannot save your application during the submission process, so you should have final versions of your statement of purpose and your CV ready to submit as PDFs before you begin the application.

Applications will only be reviewed if ALL of the following steps are completed:

1. Complete the Application Form.
2. When prompted in the application, attach a statement of purpose that clearly and persuasively outlines your current research project, your training and preparation, and how you will benefit from the particular Master Class you wish to attend as well as the ICSI as a whole (no more than 2 double-spaced pages).
3. When prompted in the application, attach a current CV (no more than 2 double-spaced pages).

Statements and CVs MUST be uploaded as Adobe PDF files.

For further information visit this webpage:


*Priority for reduced-tuition scholarships will be given to applicants from the Global South (Latin America, Asia, Africa, and parts of the Middle East), though in some cases we may consider scholars at institutions in Southern and Eastern Europe, and in very rare cases, scholars at resource-poor institutions in the United States and Canada. Please make sure you fully answer all questions regarding funding in the application below to help us determine your eligibility for scholarships.

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