The Mental Autonomy Project
The central idea behind the Mental Autonomy Project (MAP) is to finally get down to business and integrate so-called “first-person methodologies” into the multidisciplinary study of consciousness (Varela & Shear 1999). This will be done by integrating an academic PhD program with practical ex-perience specifically focused upon formal meditation practice. MAP is a semi-structured, 3-year PhD program, which includes a systematic investigation of first-person, subjective experience as an ex-plicit and active component.
Candidates accepted into the program will receive a two-component funding package, involving two interlocked kinds of financial support:
1. A standard PhD scholarship of € 1250, – per month (for a period of up to 36 months).
2. Funding for all expenses related to meditation training over the 3-year period, up to € 25.000.
More details: MAP