Applications now open for Summer 2017 (May 22 - June 3)

Calling all curious neuroscientists and philosophers!

Collaborate in our summer seminars for neuroscience and philosophy, a three year program sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and Duke University, to advance knowledge at the intersection of our fields. Together we can apply cutting-edge scientific research to the big questions on:

free will, morality, human nature, perception, memory, knowledge, consciousness, and more… 

This funded two week seminar experience produces valuable research and lasting relationships. Philosophers will learn new developments in neuroscience, while neuroscientists will study contemporary philosophy. You'll form interdisciplinary teams and design your own experiments to conduct original research. The most promising projects will receive funding for the next year.

“I had an amazing time. The other fellows were fantastic. The teachers and guests were inspiring. I wish I could go back and do it all again next year!”

Jim A.C. Everett, University of Oxford


14 Valuable Days

Two weeks filled with lectures, workshops, and seminars from leaders in neuroscience and philosophy.

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40 Top Speakers

Experts flock to Durham from all around the world to teach and inspire you.

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10 Neuroscientists

Benefit by getting out of the lab for face-to-face collaboration and cross-discipline networking.

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500+ Cups of Coffee

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10 Philosophers

Learn about the latest developments in neuroscience and make important connections.

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1 Great Location

Durham is the #1 “Smartest City” according to Newsweek & The Daily Beast. It's the perfect location for learning and fun!

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2 Day Conference


The summer seminar culminates in a two day conference open to the public. Get inspired by great speakers, see successful projects from past fellows, and make valuable connections to last throughout your career!

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We are seeking the following applicants to participate in the program:

Associate professors

Assistant professors


Graduate students

Apply as part of an interdisciplinary team and increase your chances of acceptance. 

All applicants must apply as an individual.  Let us know in your application if you plan on partnering with a fellow colleague from your home institution. 

Get funding, advance research, venture out, make friends, and have fun...apply now!


“SSNAP is a great opportunity for those looking to establish new collaborations and learn about research both from other SSNAP participants and from the amazing line-up of speakers. Our team was able to develop our project while receiving feedback both from our peers and top researchers in the field. I cannot overstate how helpful this was in shaping and refining the direction of our research. Walter, Felipe and the rest of the SSNAP team were wonderful. They really created a supportive and friendly environment that made the whole process enjoyable.”

Madeline Ransom, University of British Columbia

"I couldn't recommend SSNAP highly enough. Spending two weeks in Durham fully immersed in philosophy and neuroscience was one of the best academic experiences I've ever had"

Gus Skorburg, University of Oregon


"SSNAP is undoubtedly the best summer school I have ever been to. I learned a lot from the courses and talks, but also from the interaction with the really charming organizers, the invited speakers and of course with the colleagues that became my friends. It was an unforgettable experience in all respects."  

Dr. Miguel Angel Sebastian, University of Mexico

"As a SSNAP fellow, I undoubtedly had the most enriching exposure to neuroscience, philosophy, and intellectual collaboration that I have had in the entirety of my graduate training. Sharing my work, ideas and research endeavors with some of my academic heroes, so to speak--Patricia Churchland, Danielle Bassett, Carl Craver, and Michael Anderson, among many others--reignited my passion. It helped me contextualize my research in cognitive neuroscience and psychology within the framework of longstanding philosophical concerns that will better elucidate the connection between the brain and human behavior."

Kevin Jarbo, Carnegie Mellon University