Studentships and bursaries

We 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. 

Applications for the academic year 2024/2025 are now open.

The Royal Institute of Philosophy is pleased to offer Jacobsen Studentships and Bursaries for research in philosophy, in particular, in 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.

The Royal Institute of Philosophy 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 Studentship and Bursary and programmes.  The value of this support will take into account all other successful funding applications made; the total will not exceed the AHRC Doctoral studentship maintenance rates and fees 2024/25. As a guide, the Studentship scheme will offer grants up to £9,600 and the Bursary scheme will offer grants up to £3,000.

The grant application process will close at Midnight on Sunday 14th July.

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 final year of their PhD, at universities around the UK.  We wish them every success in their academic studies.

 


 

Terms & Conditions

 

  1. Applicants must be studying for a doctorate.
  2. Applications 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.
  3. Applicants must be engaged in full, or part, time study of Philosophy, in a department at a UK institution during the year of the award.
  4. As part of your application process you are required to provide 1 written reference from your academic supervisor that must be sent directly from their academic email account.
  5. The Institute aims to support those lacking funding, and will take into consideration other awards, if any, received by applicants.
  6.  A previous application, whether successful or unsucessful, does not prevent a new application for 2024/25.

Unfortunately, due to the high level of demand we are only able to contact successful applicants.