Summer Seminar on Self-Control at Florida State University

The Philosophy and Science of Self-Control (PSSC) project is hosting a five day summer seminar on the topic of self-control for up to twelve graduate students and recent Ph.D.s (Ph.D. received no earlier than 2012). The aim is to enhance participants’ capacity to do scientific or scientifically informed research on self-control. We expect applications from a variety of fields, including neuroscience, philosophy, and various branches of psychology.

The seminar will be followed by the PSSC capstone conference, which begins on June 9 (afternoon) and ends on June 11 (afternoon).  All seminar attendees are strongly encouraged to attend the conference, and we will cover their housing during the seminar and the conference.


Dates: June 5-9, 2017

Location: Florida State University

Director: Alfred Mele


  • Roy Baumeister
  • Kentaro Fujita
  • Alfred Mele
  • Chandra Sripada

Meetings: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday through Friday

Participant compensation / reimbursement:

We will provide (and pay for) housing on campus for eight nights. We will also reimburse travel expenses up to $500. In addition, all participants will receive a stipend of $750 after they complete the seminar.

Required application materials:

  • A letter by you (500 words maximum) explaining why you should be admitted into the seminar
  • Your CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

All application materials — including letters of recommendation — should be submitted by e-mail attachment, if possible, to The words “Summer Seminar” should appear in the e-mail subject line. Acceptable file formats: Word and PDF only. Questions about the application process can be sent to the same address. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received no later than February 15, 2017.

Should any authors of letters of recommendation prefer to send a printed copy, they may send them to PSSC, Attn.: Karen Foulke, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1500.

Decisions: We plan to announce decisions about seminar admission by March 15, 2017.

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