PPE Application Information

The deadline for PPE applications for the Spring 2020 academic semester is December 15, 2019.

Ideal applicants are those undergraduates conemplating an independent concentration in PPE or other similarly indder-disciplinary focus and or students pursuing independent research projects of an inter-disciplinary nature.

To apply for consideration of a PPE Scholarship, enrolled students at Brown (including incoming freshmen are strongly encouraged to apply) should send 1) a cover letter explaining why they 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 from Brown, email address, physical address, and telephone number), and 3) an originally drafted essay (no more than 2500 words) in response to the following question:

"What institutions and ideas are most responsible for contributing to the freedom, prosperity, and fairness of a society? What thinkers and or written works have you drawn inspiration from to develop your view? Are there conflicting perspectives on this issue? Why is your answer preferable to other theories? By what investigative process might one gain a sense of certainty and accuracy about their views on this issue? What standards of evidence and or processes of deliberation would you require to change your view?"

You should e-mail your application to [email protected] 

Applications not accepted for the Spring 2020 semester will automatically be re-considered for enrollment in the Fall 2020 semester.

Recipients of PPE Scholarships 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
-Provide advisory council and recommendations regarding themes for reading groups and Janus Forum Lectures for future semesters
-Review and provide advisory council on student program ideas and grants submitted to the PTP