The Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries

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In accordance with the deed of trust made by the benefactor Mr. Jens Jacobsen, the Royal Institute of Philosophy is pleased to offer Jacobsen Studentships for research in certain fundamental parts of philosophy, including  speculative metaphysics, critical metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophical logic, philosophy of life, determinism, the nature of life, evolution, moral philosophy, and political and social philosophy — all broadly conceived. This list is in accordance with the philosophical interests of Mr. Jacobsen.

Postgraduates can also apply for Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries. The bursaries are for research into any philosophical area of study.

The Royal Institute of Philosophy, in accord with its own remit, seeks candidates whose work, while rigorous, avoids needless technicality and unnecessary jargon, and is in the tradition of philosophy as a humane discipline.

Please note that the following conditions apply to these awards:

  • Preference is given to applicants nearing the end of a course of study leading to a doctorate. Applicants will not be considered unless they have already completed at least one year of work for a higher degree in philosophy in a UK university by the start of the academic year in which the award is given.
  • Applicants must be engaged in full-time study for a higher degree in a department of philosophy at a UK institution during the year of the award.
  • The Institute aims to support those most in need of funding, and it will take into consideration other awards, if any, received by applicants.

Here is a link to the application form. Candidates must arrange for two referees to write on their behalf, using links that will be provided by email once the form is complete. The deadline for applications is 19 June 2020 at noon. You will be able to monitor the status of your application, and it is your responsibility to ensure it is complete by the deadline.

The Royal Institute will contact successful applicants in late summer — keep an eye on this page and @RIPhilo for news.

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