Jacobsen Fellowships and Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries

In accordance with the deed of trust made by the benefactor Mr. Jens Jacobsen, The Royal Institute of Philosophy is pleased to offer for the academic year 2009 - 2010 up to seven Jacobsen Fellowships for research in certain fundamental parts of philosophy. The Fellowships, of £8,000 each, will be for one year.

The parts of philosophy are: speculative metaphysics, critical metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophical logic, philosophy of life, determinism, the nature of life, evolution, moral philosophy, political and social philosophy. This list is in accordance with the philosophical interests of Mr. Jacobsen.

In addition, postgraduates are offered up to eight Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries for 2009 - 2010. The bursaries, of £2,500 each, are also for one year but carry no restrictions as to area of study. Candidates may be considered for both Fellowships and Bursaries, but if awarded a Fellowship a student will not also be offered a Bursary. The Royal Institute of Philosophy, in accord with its own remit, seeks candidates whose work, while rigorous, avoids needless technicality and is in the tradition of philosophy as a humane discipline.

Please note that the following conditions apply to these awards:

  1. Applicants must have already completed at least one year of work for a higher degree in philosophy in a UK University by the start of the 2009 - 2010 academic year.
  2. Applicants must be engaged in full-time study for a higher degree in philosophy at a UK institution while in receipt of any award during the academic year 2009 - 2010.
  3. No one will be awarded either a Fellowship or a Bursary who is in receipt of any other award for the academic year 2009 - 2010 of over £3,000. In view of this restriction, The Royal Institute of Philosophy will be unable to make its final decisions prior to the announcement of the British Academy/AHRB studentships in September 2009.

Candidates must arrange for two academic referees, at least one from the institution at which they are currently studying, to write on their behalf direct to The Royal Institute of Philosophy. Applications and references should be sent to Dr. James Garvey, The Royal Institute of Philosophy, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR, to arrive no later than 12 June 2009. Applications and letters by post only, please.

Click HERE to download a copy of the application form.


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