Postgraduate Funding

Studentships and Bursaries

Postgraduate funding update 11 September:  we have awarded all studentships and are contacting everyone being offered a bursary now. If you applied but do not hear from us, don't let that put you off -- please do apply again next year if you are eligible.


The Royal Institute is pleased to offer up to 8 Jacobsen Studentships worth £8,000 each and up to 8 Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries, worth £3,000 each.  


Please read the following information carefully, especially the three eligibility conditions -- if you do not meet these criteria, please do not apply for funding.

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: 


1. Applicants should be studying for a doctorate, and will not be considered unless they 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. 


2. Applicants must be engaged in full-time study of Philosophy, in a department at a UK institution during the year of the award. 


3. The Institute aims to support those most in need of funding, and it will take into consideration other awards, if any, received by applicants.


Candidates must arrange for two referees to write on their behalf, using links that will be provided by email once the form is complete. You will be able to monitor the status of your application, and it is your responsibility to ensure it is complete by the deadline.


You can find the application form here. Once you have submitted your application, we cannot change parts of it or make additions to it. The deadline for applications including letters from referees is noon on 29 May 2021. 


The Royal Institute will contact successful applicants in the Spring. We are sorry that we cannot contact all unsuccessful applicants, but we will announce progress on applications here and on Twitter @RIPhilo.