2019/20 Graduate Seminar Applications

University Graduate Seminar Announcement – 2019

Discourse and Social Transformation: Achieving Coherence

The Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP) is pleased to announce the upcoming offering of its seminar for university graduates and young professionals in Australia, to be held at the Yerrinbool Bahá’í Centre of Learning in New South Wales, Australia from 25 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. This seminar aims to assist young adults to develop the capacity to examine and analyze society and the forces acting upon it and to introduce relevant aspects of the Bahá’í Teachings both in their academic and professionals fields and in other social spaces in which they are present.

ISGP is a non-profit organization, working in collaboration with the Bahá’í International Community, which is dedicated to building capacity in individuals, groups and institutions to contribute to prevalent discourses concerned with the betterment of society. Drawing on both science and religion as two complementary systems of knowledge and practice, ISGP fosters the creation of learning environments where knowledge and experience can be shared and systematized. Principles, concepts and approaches that are relevant to the advancement of civilization are explored through processes of study, reflection, and consultation that are grounded in practice.


The seminar is open to young adults who have completed undergraduate degrees in diverse fields of study and are considering graduate studies, are part way through their graduate studies, or are in the early stages of their careers or other forms of service to humanity.

Applications can be sent to isgp@bahai.org.au and must be received by Sunday, 9 June 2019, after which they will not be considered. Participants are asked to meet their own transportation costs for the seminar. In addition a fee of AUD 650, due shortly after acceptance to the seminar, will cover printed materials used at the seminar, lodging, and three meals per day.

Prerequisites for the seminar:
(a) Completion of a bachelor’s degree prior to attending the seminar.

(b) Successful completion of the course Contributing to the Advancement of Civilization (Unit 1: Justice and the Oneness of Humankind). This course is offered online and administered by the LazosLearning Association. It is eight weeks long and requires approximately 15 hours of study per week. Detailed information about enrollment, fees, and satisfactory completion of the course can be obtained at www.lazoslearning.org. Applications for the next offering of this course are due by 10 July 2019.

Please note: Applications to the online course are considered separately, by Lazos Learning, and the deadline is 10 July 2019. Participation in the Autumn 2019 offering beginning on 22 September will not be accepted for this upcoming seminar.

(c) Background reading of selected texts, for all participants, before the start of the seminar. These readings will be sent to participants several weeks before the seminar.

Please click here to download an application form.

Please contact isgp@bahai.org.au if you have any questions.
Applications must be received by Sunday, 9 June 2019.