BSPS Doctoral Scholarship Competition 2013
The Society announces that it will be offering a scholarship for doctoral work in the philosophy of science at a UK university, subject to a candidate of sufficient merit presenting themselves. The level of the award will be the same as that of AHRC funding and will cover fees and maintenance. Scholarships will be awarded for a period equal to the institutional norm for PhD study at the student's institution minus any time already spent on the PhD (i.e., up to 3 years at most UK institutions). The BSPS award will not be made to anyone with another source of funding [though see note 1]. Applicants must have applied for other sources of funding for which they are eligible. The closing date for applications is midnight GMT Wednesday 1 May 2013. (It is anticipated that applicants will be informed of the outcome by early June.) Applicants are responsible for ensuring that complete applications, including references, arrive by the deadline. Applicants are therefore advised to give their referees and proposed supervisor clear notice of the deadline by which materials are required.
The competition is open both to Home/EU and to international students, provided that they will have been accepted onto an appropriate doctoral programme in philosophy of science at a UK university in time for the start of the 2013-14 academic year.
Incomplete applications, including those with missing references or missing supervisors’ statements, will not be considered.
How to Apply:
A) Applicants should send (as a single pdf file):
1. A covering letter;
2. A curriculum vitae (no more than 2 sides of A4);
3. An outline of the proposed research (no more than 500 words);
4. A statement that i) sets out whether or not they have any other funding in place and what and how much if so; which ii) sets out what other sources of funding they have applied for and the dates at which they will hear whether these applications have been successful; and iii) explains the institutional norm for PhD completion at their proposed institution (i.e. whether their institution follows a 1+3 model or a 2+2 model for MA and PhD study, for example).
5. If the applicant has already been accepted onto an appropriate doctoral programme, they should provide evidence that this is so. Otherwise, the award will be made to a successful candidate subject to confirmation at a later date of their having been accepted onto an appropriate programme.
B) The proposed supervisor should send a brief statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why they are happy to supervise the applicant on the proposed project and how and why the supervisor’s institution is a good fit for the person and project. [See Note 2.]
C) Two academic referees (which could include the supervisor) should write reference letters directly to the Honorary Secretary.
All documents should be sent by email to the Honorary Secretary at email@example.com
Any queries should also be directed to the Honorary Secretary.
1. In cases where applicants have minimal funding from other sources this will be made up to AHRC levels by the BSPS grant. (For example, an applicant who has a fees-only award from elsewhere would be eligible to apply for a maintenance grant from the BSPS.)
2. Applicants may be in the position of considering a number of different departments for their doctoral studies and thus have a range of possible supervisors in mind. In this event, they should ask their currently preferred supervisor to write for them. Should an applicant be successful in the BSPS doctoral scholarship competition, but end up being accepted onto a PhD programme at a different institution from that of the supervisor who initially wrote for them, it would still be possible to hold the award at the new institution, subject to a suitable endorsement from the new supervisor. It should be noted that where it is obvious that a given applicant and project is a good fit to supervisor and institution, supervisors’ letters may be rather brief without thereby disadvantaging the candidate.
Dr C.G. Timpson,
British Society for the Philosophy of Science;
Brasenose College, Oxford, OX1 4AJ, UK.
PREVIOUS BSPS DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
- 2004 - Ulrich Stegmann, for his study of philosophy of biology, at King's College London.
- 2005 - Elizabeth Hannon for her work in philosophy of biology and psychology, at the University of Durham.
- 2006 - Dennis Lehmkuhl for his doctoral work in philosophy of physics at the University of Oxford.
- 2007 - Stefan Dragulinescu for his work in the philosophy of medicine at Lancaster University and Chuanfei Chin for his work on the philosophical foundations of pain research at Oxford University.
- 2008 – Andrew Goldfinch for his work on the foundations of evolutionary psychology at LSE and Elizabeth Irvine for her work on the scientific understanding of consciousness at Edinburgh University.
- 2009 - Milena Ivanova for her work at Bristol on Structural Realism and Conventionalism, and to Katherine Puddifoot at Sheffield, who is working on debates about rationality in the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science.
- 2010 - Matteo Colombo for his work at Edinburgh "Complying with Norms: An Exploration from Computational Cognitive Neuroscience”.
- 2011 – Aarne Talman for his work at the LSE on confirmation and reliability of chaotic models and Lena Zuchowski for her work in Cambridge on theories at the edge of Laplacian determinism
- 2012 – Sorana Vieru (Bristol) and Alexandru Marcoci (LSE)
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