Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Announcement: BSPS Doctoral Scholarship in Philosophy of Science

I am copying below an announcement from the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, which I hope will be of interest to some readers of this blog:

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science announces that it will be offering a scholarship for doctoral work in philosophy of science in a UK university (subject to a suitable candidate coming forward). The level of the award will be the same as that of AHRC funding and will cover fees and maintenance for three years. The BSPS award will not be awarded to anyone with another source of funding. Applicants must have applied for AHRC funding where eligible (either in the open studentship competition or via a block grant holder), and the BSPS scholarship will only be awarded when the
AHRC has informed candidates of its decisions. The closing date for applications is 1st August 2009. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that complete applications, including references, arrive by the deadline.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 sides of A4), an outline of the proposed research (no more than 500 words), evidence of an application to the AHRC or a statement explaining lack of eligibility, a statement testifying that they have no other source of funding, and evidence that they have been accepted onto an appropriate Ph.D. programme to the address below. They should also ask two academic referees to write directly to:

BSPS Doctoral Scholarship
Dr Rachel Cooper
Lancaster University


1. Where an applicant is already part way through their PhD the BSPS grant will be correspondingly reduced. (For example, an applicant who has already completed one year of study will receive a grant for two years).

2. 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.)

3. Applicants who are not eligible for AHRC funding are expected to have applied for any other sources of funding for which they are eligible. They should list the sources of funding that they have applied for in their application.

4. Incomplete applications, including those with missing references, will not be considered. I have had some requests for clarification regarding the requirement
that applicants should have applied to the AHRC where eligible. If you didn't apply to the AHRC because you missed the deadline you are not eligible to apply for BSPS funding. If you are in any of the following situations you are eligible to apply:
i.You have applied to the AHRC through the Open Competition
ii. You have applied to the AHRC via a block grant.
iii. The institution where you want to do your PhD holds a block grant
with philosophy awards for this year. However, your application didn't
get through their internal procedures for selecting applicants for
nomination to the AHRC.
iv. The institution where you want to do your PhD holds a block grant
but has no philosophy awards for this year (and so you cannot apply for
AHRC funding)