Final Reminder: Philosophy Studentships (Including AHRC) at Keele


Postgraduate Funding in Philosophy: As part of a major investment in Postgraduate Research Studentships in the Humanities, including full AHRC studentships, Philosophy at Keele University is pleased to invite applications for 2016-17.

Philosophy at Keele is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University. We invite applications for PhD research projects with supervision based at Keele or jointly at Keele and one of the other members of the Consortium. We have research strengths in all the main areas of Philosophy, with particular expertise in the following areas: Kantian philosophy (all aspects), philosophy of mind and action, history of philosophy, metaphilosophy, metaphysics and moral philosophy (in particular normative ethics and metaethics), philosophy of religion, political philosophy and environmental philosophy.

Philosophy research at Keele is placed in the Research Centre for the Study of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and the Environment (RC4SPIRE), is a main centre for the activities of the UK Kant Society and of the Kantian Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research, as well as home of a new Research Centre for Kantian Studies organised in association with Oxford University and University of St Andrews.

The postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

– Fully funded AHRC studentships

– Full studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grants)

– Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)

– Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

– The NWCDTP also offers a small number of MRes studentships.

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£14,007 and £4,052 for 2016-17)

Philosophy at Keele offers a lively and friendly research environment. Postgraduate students at all levels are encouraged to attend the research activities organised by the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre and by the Forum for Philosophical Research, including the “Jean-Jacques Rousseau” Annual and Conference, the Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lectures, Postgraduate Research Seminars, reading groups, special lectures and other events organised by the RC4SPIRE. There is a thriving student-led Philosophy Society who hold regular debates and film screenings. All postgraduate students are part of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, and benefit from its facilities, including a new dedicated research building.

Two AHRC-funded students started their PhDs in October 2015 at Keele: Aaran Burns (co-supervised with Manchester) does research in the philosophy of religion, on the topic “De Jure Objections to Religious Belief”; Amy Kings works at the intersection of Kantian philosophy, feminist philosophy and environmental ethics on the topic “An Alternative Conception of the Kantian Sublime”.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22 January 2016.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application ( and, more generally If in doubt or have any questions, just email: