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The Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship (IDEAS) Fellowship reimagines how we learn across disciplines at Emory.

Apply now for the IDEAS Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: March 3rd, 2022 at 11:59 est
Calling all rising sophomores and juniors who are passionate about learning and thinking across disciplines, and making their liberal arts education more cohesive: submit your application to join IDEAS by Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm. We are excited to learn more about you and to welcome new fellows at the end of this academic year! Join us for an information session on Monday, February 28th at 5:30 pm, in Callaway S420.
IDEAS created sidecar courses, innovative interdisciplinary courses focused on a point of connection between two disciplines. Examples include Thinking Through Language (French and Italian & NBB) and Power of Black Self-Love (AAS & ILA). IDEAS has worked with On Recent Development by Emory Researchers (ORDER) to create the course, "What Does it Mean to be Human?" Finally, IDEAS has worked with Residence Life to have Fellows in Residence in Turman Hall to immerse first years in the liberal arts.
Fellows create community through weekly lunches with faculty and invited guests. IDEAS further cultivates community within Emory through Professors at Kaldi’s Getting Coffee and Take a Professor to Lunch, bringing together hundreds of students and faculty members to have interdisciplinary conversations on campus and beyond.
IDEAS collaborates both within and outside the Emory community to transform the educational experience. Through Story Circle events, individuals are empowered to share their stories and perspectives. The Innovation Fund provides grants for student groups to fund interdisciplinary activities; two examples include the Emory Arts Underground Showcase and Emory Sustainability Case Competition. Finally, we’ve worked directly with students in Clarkston and in the community.

Who We Are

IDEAS brings together undergraduate students from any major who want to learn to think across and between disciplines and who want to make their own liberal arts experience more coherent. Students enter the fellowship as sophomores and may remain throughout their college careers.

During their tenure, IDEAS Fellows serve as ambassadors to the broader student body and as catalysts for liberal learning through activities that promote and encourage the four goals of the program:

  1. To understand and implement the core values of a liberal education: independent thinking, self-reflection, and the capacity to understand questions and issues from multiple perspectives;
  2. To learn to think across and between disciplines, to apply an interdisciplinary perspective to the complex problems society faces in the twenty-first century;
  3. To integrate their educational experience into a coherent whole;
  4. To articulate the value of their educational experience and understand how that experience informs all aspects of a fully realized ethical, personal, professional, and civic life.