Postgraduate Funding

Studentships and Bursaries

Applications for Studentships and Bursaries are now closed.  


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


We will update this page when awards are made.

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.


Applications are now closed.  The Institute can only contact successful applicants, but we will update this page and make announcements on Twitter with our progress once we start offering awards, and so keep everyone up to date.