‘Chinese Literatus in an Autumn Landscape’ by Josui Sōen
Image: Josui Sōen Chinese Literatus in an Autumn Landscape (late 1400s, ink on paper). Open Artstor: The Cleveland Museum of Art.


[Update: 24 December 2020] Call for applications for the postdoc fellowships is now live! For details and links, see this post. The Graduate Research Scholarship is now registered in the UCL application system; see this post


The Roots of Responsibility ERC research project is pleased to announce that it is seeking to appoint three new core research members, with effect from 1 September 2021. Two will be two-year ERC post-doctoral research fellows, and the third will be a PhD student in philosophy at UCL, who will be awarded a graduate research scholarship, jointly funded by the project and the UCL department of philosophy.


ERC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

The Roots of Responsibility ERC research project is seeking to appoint two two-year full-time post-doctoral research fellowships, with effect from 1 September 2021. The call for applications will be opened in December 2020, but we would like to draw the fellowship to the attention of potential candidates now.

One of the two fellows will be based at UCL, and the other at The Queen’s College, Oxford. The duties, responsibilities, and the selection criteria are exactly the same in both cases, and we strongly encourage any candidate wishing to apply to one to apply to both, unless they have special reason to apply to one post only.

We particularly encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in our profession.

Candidates are required to have received a doctoral degree in philosophy, law or a related field, or be close to completion. Also essential are excellent research skills, a well-developed plan for post-doctoral research and a willingness to contribute to the intellectual life of the host institutions and of Roots of Responsibility.

The successful candidates will be required to conduct research of the highest quality in a subject relevant to Roots of Responsibility, and to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals, as book chapters, and in other forms. The Fellows will also participate in related activities, including assisting in shaping the research agenda, and in planning and participating in the project’s conferences and research workshops.

These fellowships offer early career researchers the opportunity to participate in a large-scale and interdisciplinary research project, and to develop their research within one of the world’s leading universities.

Further announcements will be made closer to the time when the call for applications will be published. We encourage potential candidates to note this opportunity. Please spread the word to others who may be interested in applying.


Roots of Responsibility Graduate Research Scholarship

The Roots of Responsibility ERC research project and the UCL Philosophy department are jointly offering a graduate research scholarship (GRS) for a prospective student applying to start the PhD in philosophy in the academic year 2021–22.

This scholarship will fund tuition fees (UK, EU, or international), and provide full AHRC-equivalent maintenance plus London allowance.

(More general information about funding at UCL is available at the Scholarships and funding page, and on the Studentship Budgets page.)

The successful candidate will be part of the Roots of Responsibility ERC research project, and will receive all the benefits of its core research members, including research equipment and a travel allowance (amount TBC), supervision and mentoring by the project’s principal investigator, Professor John Hyman, and close involvement in the academic events that the project organises.

The scholarship is tenable for three years, during the academic years 2021–2024. The award is subject to periodic review and is not extendable.

All and only applicants to UCL Philosophy PhD programme whose research interests and projects fall within or significantly overlap those of Roots of Responsibility will be considered. A separate application is not required. We encourage in particular members of groups underrepresented in our profession to apply.

A panel consisting of Professor John Hyman and other members of the UCL Philosophy department will select the successful candidate. The final decision will be based on the candidates’ academic excellence and potential, as demonstrated by their application to the Philosophy PhD programme, as well as their fit with and potential contributions to the Roots of Responsibility project. Financial circumstances will not be taken into account.

We encourage those who are interested in this scholarship to read through the research strands of Roots of Responsibility, and to demonstrate in their applications how their research work would benefit from the project, and how they would be able to contribute academically to the project.

UCL Department is Philosophy is among the largest and the most prestigious philosophy departments in the UK, with research strengths in many areas including philosophy of action, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and political philosophy. For more information about the department, visit the departmental website.


Further enquiries

Enquiries about the project, the fellowships, and the scholarship can be submitted via our message form.

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