The 2020 Summer Institute has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application period for the 2020 Summer Institute has closed. 

The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization Announces 2nd Annual Summer Institute, June 29 - July 24, 2020

The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization invites applicants to a four-week Summer Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The Institute is open to scholars holding a PhD (or disciplinary equivalent) who are conducting research on some topic that falls within the scope of the Center’s 2020-21 theme, "Community or Disunity?"

Participants will receive a $5000 honorarium, office space and library privileges. The honorarium is intended to cover all travel and business expenses. Participants are expected to be in residence in Boulder for all four weeks of the Institute, and to participate in the daily life of the program, which will include both collaborative seminars and social activities. 

Applicants may come from any academic field, but must have a research proposal that relates to the Institute’s theme. Applicants should also demonstrate an interest in contributing to the Center’s mission to foster a diversity of perspectives within the University and to engage with the values of Western civilization.

  • A cover letter, setting out both the applicant’s interest in the mission of the Center and the research project to be pursued over the four weeks of the Institute;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • The names and email addresses of three references; and
  • A sample piece of research.

Please collect these documents into a single pdf and send to with the subject heading “Summer Institute 2020 Application.” Application review will begin mid-March and we will indicate here when the application period has closed. The application period for the 2020 Summer Institute has closed. 

For information on the inaugural 2019 Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization Summer Institute please see and