Postgraduate Funding

Studentships and Bursaries

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.  


We'll call for applications for the academic year 2020-2021 soon. 

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:  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.                     


Postgraduates can also apply for Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries. The bursaries carry no restrictions as to area of study. 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. Preference is given to applicants nearing the end of a course of study leading to a doctorate. Applicants will not be considered unless they have already completed at least one year of work for a higher degree in philosophy in a UK university by the start of the academic year in which the award is given. 


2. Applicants must be engaged in full-time study for a higher degree in a department of philosophy at a UK institution during the year of the award.


3. No one who is in receipt of any other award for the academic year of £3,000 or more will be offered funding by the Royal Institute. This includes fees only awards. In view of this restriction and the operation of other funding bodies, we are unable to make decisions until September in any given year.  Announcements of the timing of the awards will be made here in due course.


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 Postgraduate Funding, The Royal Institute of Philosophy, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR, to arrive no later than 1 July 2019. Applications and letters by post only please.  Please do not staple your application or print it double-sided.                       


We are unable to acknowledge applications, but if you include a stamped, addressed postcard, we'll return it to you on receipt. We regret that we are also able to inform only successful applicants – once we have made the awards, we will make an announcement here.        


The application form is here.

RIP funding application 2019.doc
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