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PhD Studentship Opportunities for 2014/15

Posted on 09/12/2013

Postgraduate Research Funding: AHRC and College Studentships available in the Department of Philosophy (PIR) at Royal Holloway University of London

Those intending to study for PhD in the Department are able to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships and for College studentships through a single process. The AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are offered through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership (http://www.techne-research.co.uk) which is led by Royal Holloway and comprises six other universities in London and the South East. TECHNE offers a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity. The training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum) in the cultural sector.

The Department is also able to recommend students for College studentships (which may consist of a stipend and fee waiver or just a fee waiver). Approximately £380,000 is available for postgraduate studentships across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In the main College scholarships will be awarded by a Faculty Panel to students who are unsuccessful in their application for a TECHNE scholarship.

How to apply

Prospective doctoral students who are interested in applying for a studentship should proceed as follows:

  1. Contact Prof. Andrew Bowie in the Department to talk informally about your research proposal and what supervision might be available.
  2. If Prof. Bowie agrees that the proposal may be suitable for a TECHNE or College studentship, complete both a College application form and a TECHNE application form. The deadline is the 31st January 2014. The College application form is available here and the TECHNE application form is available here. (Note that by completing the TECHNE application form students will be considered for both TECHNE scholarships and College scholarships.)
  3. When completed please send your TECHNE application form to Prof. Andrew Bowie.

You should hear in early April whether the Department will be forwarding your application for consideration by TECHNE. If your application does go forward to TECHNE you will hear in early May whether or not it has been successful. Unsuccessful TECHNE applicants will be considered automatically for a College scholarship by a Faculty Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.

Under the auspices of TECHNE the Philosophy Department will be offering PhD studentships for outstanding candidates in Philosophy. The Department is particularly concerned to overcome the divisions between European and analytical traditions of philosophy by developing the growing dialogue between these traditions. We are interested in candidates working in the following areas, where we have internationally acknowledged expertise: aesthetics from the Greeks to contemporary philosophy, hermeneutics, modern French philosophy, modern German philosophy, moral philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy and literature, philosophy and music, pragmatism, political philosophy.


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