Applications for the academic year 2023/2024 are now closed.
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.
The Royal Institute of Philosophy offers two levels of financial support through their Bursary and Studentship programmes. The value of this support will take into account all other successful funding applications made and will not exceed the AHRC Doctoral studentship maintenance rates and fees 2022/23. As a guide, our Bursary scheme will offer grants up to £3,000 and our Studentship scheme will offer grants up to £9,600.
Thanks to the generosity of the Jacobsen Foundation, we are pleased to announce that, in 2023/24, the Royal Institute was able to fund 5 postgraduate studentships and 11 postgraduate bursaries to students, generally in the third or fourth year of their PhD, at universities around the UK. All successful applicants are being advised and we wish them every success in their academic studies.
Unfortunately, due to the high level of demand we are only able to contact successful applicants.
When applications re-open, we will be looking for:
- Applicants studying for a doctorate. You will not be considered unless you have already completed at least one year of work towards the degree by the start of the academic year in which the award is given. Strong preference is given to applicants going into their final year of writing up.
- Applicants must be engaged in full-time study of Philosophy, in a department 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.