Applied Imagination Fellowship at ASU

Hello, SLSA Friends! Since 2012, the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University has worked on transdisciplinary projects to inspire collective imagination for better futures. A year into the global pandemic that upended many of our institutions, structures, and closely-held assumptions, it is more evident than ever before that we need new ideas to grapple with the profound challenges of this new reality.

We believe that imagination is a crucial resource for problem-solving, anticipation, and resilience, However, these skills are often overlooked and underdeveloped, resulting in staid plans for “business as usual” and stifling opportunities for truly transformative change. As an intervention, we’re excited to launch CSI’s Applied Imagination Fellowship.

Participants in this year-long (June 2021-May 2022), virtual fellowship will be awarded US$10,000 to work on projects that explore how imagination is seen, valued, and practiced by individuals and communities in a variety of settings. Applications are open now at and are due Monday, April 5 at 3:00pm Eastern time.

If this speaks to you, please consider this an enthusiastic invitation to apply! Also, as we look to explore applied imagination in all of its forms, we’d be incredibly grateful if you shared this call with people in your networks, and any other students, educators, scholars, technologists, and community leaders that you think would be a good fit. We’re especially interested to collaborate with folks from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities, and we’re hoping to represent a broad range of perspectives in these fellowship projects.

If you have any questions, please contact my colleague Bob Beard at bob DOT beard



Joey Eschrich

Editor and Program Manager, Center for Science and the Imagination

Assistant Director, Future Tense

Arizona State University

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