Volunteering Opportunities

Welcome to the Royal Institute of Philosophy (TRIP).  We are devoted to creating, sharing and enabling philosophical thinking. We empower the curious of every age and background to think more deeply about fundamental questions. We encourage a better understanding of our world and our place in it, for personal good and for the good of the society we live in.

We are always happy to speak to individuals who may wish to volunteer some of their time to support our work. It’s important to us that the volunteering opportunities we offer should also be opportunities for volunteers to learn new skills, while making sure we are able to support and deliver against our key objective, to make philosophy accessible to all. Outlined below are the sorts of opportunities that we may be able to offer.  Each conversation we have with a volunteer is individual and will be based upon what you would like to do and the opportunities we are able to offer.

TRIP Programmes & Activities

TRIP delivers a number of programmes and activities across the year.  These include:

  • The flagship London Lectures, a series of 14 lectures which run from October to March
  • An annual guest lecture in each of the capital cities of the British Isles (London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin)
  • An Annual Debate
  • A studentship and bursary programme for postgraduate students in philosophy, in conjunction with the Jacobsen Foundation
  • A full schools philosophy programme, again in conjunction with the Jacobsen Foundation.
  • Local partnerships with philosophy departments and non-academic bodies to create publicly accessible philosophy events, talks and lectures
  • Conferences planned and hosted by postgraduate students
  • A partnership with the Scouts Association to integrate philosophical thinking into their activities
  • A prison outreach programme

In addition, TRIP also produces two journals a year, Philosophy and Think; and hosts the annual Nayef Al-Rodhan book prize, and the Philosophy essay prize.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our programmes and activities create opportunities to develop new audiences and create resources that offer further understanding and practical study aids to many.  During the course of a year, TRIP will have a number of opportunities for volunteers, such as:

  1. Market research to support specific programmes or activities
  2. Public awareness support to ensure all our public programmes are widely recognised
  3. Analysis of programmes and activities to ensure quality of content is available
  4. Membership development and research
  5. Attendance at events to promote TRIP resources and membership


Please send us your CV, and a short covering note to let us know how you would like to volunteer for us at support@royalinstitutephilosophy.org