Application Instructions



June 11, 2017 - June 17, 2017


Advanced doctoral students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences 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).

If you do not attend the New School for Social Research and have previously been a Fellow at ICSI, you are eligible to apply again; however, we will accept no more than 2 previous Fellows per seminar. 

New School PhD students/candidates who have not previously been Fellows at ICSI are eligible to apply and, if accepted, attend tuition-free; we will accept no more than 2 Fellows per seminar from the New School.

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. 


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

*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.


All applicants who reside more than 125 miles from New York City will be considered for travel/housing stipends of either $200 or $1,000 to defray the cost of traveling to New York City. If awarded a stipend, Fellows will receive checks upon arrival the week of June 11, 2017.


All participants have the option to be housed in the New School's 13th Street Residence Hall. With easy access to the ICSI seminars, shared double-rooms as well as a limited number of private rooms are available. Please note that private bathrooms with showers are not in the room itself, but are adjacent to the rooms, just down the hall.

The cost for a shared room from June 10-19, 2017 is $500. If you would like a private room, the cost is $635. Check-in will be available as early as one day before the Seminar Week starts (June 10th) and check-out will be available as late as two days after it ends (June 19th). Links to register for housing will be emailed by March 3rd to everyone who has made a tuition deposit.


The online application for the 2017 ICSI Summer Seminar is available here. Applications are due before midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified with admissions decisions by the end of January. If accepted, a $100 deposit is due by February 15, 2017, with the balance due by April 15, 2017.

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 (NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES) 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.
3. When prompted in the application, attach a current CV (NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES).

Statements and CVs MUST be uploaded as Adobe PDF file.