Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

PPE Society Fellowship Application Information

Applications are now open.

Application Information

The PPE Society is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2024 academic semester, the deadline is September 20h. All qualified and enrolled students at Brown University, including incoming freshmen are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send the following application materials to 

All qualified and enrolled Brown students, including incoming first year students, are strongly encouraged to apply. Ideal applicants are those undergraduates contemplating an independent concentration in PPE or other similarly inter-disciplinary focused track and/or students pursuing independent research projects of an inter-disciplinary nature. The PPE Society is committed to diversity and inclusion along with ideological and methodological pluralism. Students from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application Materials

Your application should include:

  1. A cover letter explaining why you desire to participate in the PPE Society
  2. A current resume with accurate and up to date contact information (be sure to mention your year of entry and expected graduation year from Brown, along with your email address and telephone number)
  3. An originally drafted essay (no more than 2500 words) in response to the following question: 

      When confronted with scholarly debates or pressing problems (e.g. poverty, inequality, injustice), how can understanding these real-world problems be improved through a multi-disciplinary perspective? Provide an example where you think this is especially true. What thinkers and or written works have you drawn inspiration from to develop your views? Is there alternative perspectives on this issue? Why do you find your answer preferable to other theories? What method of investigation and standards of evidence must be met to answer this question? What would it take to change your mind about any or all of the above?

      Application Submission

      Email your application materials to

        Recipient Duties

        Recipients of PPE Fellowships will be required to fulfill the following expectations:

        • Attend and participate in all meetings of the reading and discussion group held approximately every other week throughout the academic year 
        • Attend and participate at each semester's Janus Forum lecture
        • Attend and participate in Agora Lecture Series
        • Provide advisory council and recommendations regarding themes for reading groups and Janus Forum events for future semesters
        • Review and provide advisory council on student program ideas and grants submitted to the PPE Center