The Dec. 15 application deadline is fast-approaching for the first Positive Psychology Templeton Fellows Program, a new research opportunity for up-and-coming positive psychology scholars and graduate students sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and the Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
The program offers graduate students and early and mid-career scholars a chance to collaborate with senior fellows of the Positive Psychology Center. Participants will work on one or more of five projects the senior fellows direct. The senior fellows are:
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, of Claremont Graduate University.
Edward Diener, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Christopher Peterson, PhD, of the University of Michigan.
Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania.
George Vaillant, PhD, of Harvard University.
The projects are:
How purpose and meaning build life satisfaction, productivity and health (Seligman and Peterson).
The development of national well-being indicators to complement economic indicators (Diener).
The study of spirituality in successful lives (Vaillant).
The study of psychological capital (Csikszentmihalyi).
The development of Chinese and Spanish Web sites for positive psychology (Peterson and Seligman).
The program encourages applications from scholars and students of psychology as well as of sociology, philosophy, anthropology, theology, neuroscience, economics, history, public heath and medicine. The foundation is especially interested in scholars whose current studies focus on religion and spirituality. Fellows are expected to reside in Philadelphia from May 15 to June 30, 2005. Stipends and living expenses are available. For more information, visit http://www.positivepsychology.org/ppfellows.doc.