Applications for the 2022 Doctoral Scholarship are open now.
Doctoral Scholarship Overview
The British Society for the Philosophy of Science offers scholarships for doctoral work in the philosophy of science at a UK university, subject to a candidate of sufficient merit presenting themselves. Scholarships are only available to students applying to degree programmes in philosophy or in philosophy of science.
The BSPS is pleased to announce that there will be a doctoral scholarship competition in 2022, details below. At the moment, unfortunately, it looks likely that there will be no competition in either 2023 or 2024.
A. Applicant Submission
Applicants for doctoral scholarships should send as a single PDF which is titled LASTNAME-Firstname.pdf:
- CV. A curriculum vitae (no more than 2 sides of A4);
- Proposal. A detailed outline of the proposed research (no more than 1500 words);
- Transcript. A transcript (or preliminary transcript) for your most recent relevant degree.
- Eligibility. A statement that:
- confirms either that the applicant is not eligible for AHRC funding or that they have taken the necessary steps to be considered for such funding;
- states how much other funding, if any, the applicant has already secured; and
- states what other sources of funding have been applied for and the dates by which they will hear whether these applications have been successful.
- Status. 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 the successful candidate subject to confirmation at a later date of their having been accepted onto an appropriate programme.
B. Supervisor Submission
The proposed supervisor should send a brief statement to the Assistant to the Committee (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, also, the Additional Information below.)
Two academic referees (at most one of whom can be the proposed supervisor) should write reference letters directly to the Assistant to the Committee (see below).
D. How to Submit
All doctoral scholarship applications should be sent by email to the Assistant to the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any queries should also be directed to the Assistant to the Committee. Deadline for receipt of all doctoral scholarship applications is 11.00 on Friday 1st April.
Full BSPS scholarships will not be made to anyone with another source of funding. In cases where an awardee has partial funding from other sources, the size of the BSPS grant will be set accordingly. For example, a successful applicant with fees-only scholarships from elsewhere would still be eligible to receive a maintenance grant from the BSPS.
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, this scholarship may be taken up only with the named supervisor and institution. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, it may not be transferred to a different supervisor in a different institution. (This is a change from previous policy.) 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.
Subject to Renewal
The BSPS scholarship is subject to renewal on a yearly basis, which requires the awardee to provide evidence of adequate progress towards the completion of the PhD programme.
Philipp Spillmann (Cambridge) for his research on uncertainty in astrobiology.
Margarida Hermida for research into the metaphysics of animal identity.
Caspar Jacobs (Oxford)
Zinhle Mncube (Cambridge)
Patrick Dürr (Oxford)
Elina Vessonen (Cambridge)
Tushar Menon (Oxford) and Carina Prunkl (Oxford)
Sorana Vieru (Bristol) and Alexandru Marcoci (LSE)
2011 – Aarne Talman (LSE) for his work on confirmation and reliability of chaotic models, and Lena Zuchowski (Cambridge) for her work on theories at the edge of Laplacian determinism
2010 – Matteo Colombo (Edinburgh) for his work, “Complying with Norms: An Exploration from Computational Cognitive Neuroscience”
Andrew Goldfinch (LSE) for his work on the foundations of evolutionary psychology, and Elizabeth Irvine (Edinburgh) for her work on the scientific understanding of consciousness.
Stefan Dragulinescu (Lancaster) for his work in the philosophy of medicine, and Chuanfei Chin (Oxford) for his work on the philosophical foundations of pain research.
Dennis Lehmkuhl (Oxford) for his doctoral work in philosophy of physics
Elizabeth Hannon for her work in philosophy of biology and psychology, at the University of Durham.
Ulrich Stegmann (KCL) for his study of philosophy of biology
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