Philosophers Instructing Pupils by an Antique Sarcophagus. Lorenzo Baldiserra Tiepolo. Mid-18th century. The Met.

“Philosophers Instructing Pupils by an Antique Sarcophagus.” Lorenzo Baldiserra Tiepolo. Mid-18th century. The Met.Public Domain.


[Update: 3 January 2021] The closing date for the applications for this scholarship has been added: it is 17.00 (UK time), Friday 5 February 2021


Roots of Responsibility ERC 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 project, and will receive all the benefits of its core research members, including research equipment and a support for attending workshops and conferences, 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 requiredWe encourage in particular members of groups underrepresented in our profession to apply.

The closing date for the applications for this scholarship is 17.00 (UK time), Friday 5 February 2021

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 Roots of Responsibility. 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 of 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.


For information about other funding sources to support students entering research programmes in the UCL Philosophy Department commencing September 2021, see this notice, circulated to the Philos-L mailing list by Richard Edwards, Graduate Administrator at the UCL Philosophy Department


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