Poynter Center Non-stipendiary Fellowship

This fellowship offers faculty from inside and outside IU, typically those on sabbatical, a unique opportunity to develop projects that relate to ethics in some way. Poynter Center Fellows typically stay for one semester, but shorter and longer periods are also possible. The Fellowship opportunity includes:

  • An office in our beautiful Victorian building, and clerical support.
  • Access to IU Library holdings and IU campus resources.
  • A presentation opportunity at the Poynter Center.
  • Opportunities to engage with the Poynter Center intellectual community.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To make a query, email a description of your project, the period of time you are interested in, and a CV to

 2015 Poynter Center Fellow

Fry_Jeff.jpgJEFFREY P. FRY, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Ball State University. READ ABOUT HIS FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE IN OUR SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER.

During his Fellowship at the Poynter Center in Spring 2015, Fry worked on two projects: a co-authored monograph dealing with sports and various forms of naiveté, and a co-edited volume on neuroethical issues in sports.  These projects engage questions of ethical, epistemic, and other kinds of naiveté, the scope of human freedom, mind-body dualism, meritocracy, and personhood.

Jeff Fry is an IU alumnus, having received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 1996. He has been employed at Ball State since 1998.

2013-14 Poynter Center Fellows

The Poynter Center is delighted to welcome two Poynter Center Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.

Natalie_Elliot.jpgNatalie DeDeo is the Spring 2014 Poynter Center Fellow. DeDeo earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of North Texas. She will be joining the teaching faculty of the Hutton Honors College in 2014 after serving on the faculty of St. John's College, Santa Fe.

The Poynter Center Fellowship will support Natalie DeDeo's research as a complement to her teaching appointment. Her project is tentatively titled "Francis Bacon's Transhumanist Storytelling," and will examine how Bacon retells classical tragedies in order to address unprecedented political and cultural challenges in the scientific world he envisions. Bacon offers philosophical insights into many of the ethical challenges and public policy problems that technological innovations generate.



wesize_Fraser-Burgess_Sheron.jpgSheron Fraser-Burgess from Ball State University, was the Poynter Center Fellow for Fall 2013, while working on the development of an ethics center for educators at Ball State. She gave a Roundtable on "Ethics in the Professions: Moral Agency, Responsibility and Decision-making in Teaching" on November 7th. Fraser-Burgess is an assistant professor of social foundation/muticultural education in the Teachers College, Department of Educational Studies.






Previous Poynter Center Fellows



The Poynter Center Fellowship is a non-stipendiary residential fellowship at the Center designed for scholars who are on sabbatical leave. Fellows have the use of a private office with computer and printer for the duration of their stay, access to the Center's meeting space and staff support, and access to Indiana University’s extensive library holdings and subscriptions. Fellows are expected to work on a significant research project in ethics and public life, broadly construed. They have the opportunity to present their work in progress and to participate in the Center’s scheduled seminars, lectures, symposia, and the like.

Fellows are responsible for their own lodging.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications should include a brief one-page statement of the proposed research agenda and a CV. Applicants may request a fellowship for one semester, two semesters, or a shorter period according to their needs, and may expect to receive followup within three weeks of applying.

For more information or to submit an application, please contact