ahrcKeele has a strong and vibrant postgraduate research community of over 300 full- and part-time students in a broad range of Humanities and Social Science disciplines. 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. Keele also funds its own studentships or co-funds studentships with other external funding bodies.

We invite applications for PhD research projects with supervision based at Keele or, for AHRC studentships, 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, environmental philosophy, metaphilosophy, political philosophy, metaphysics and moral philosophy (in particular normative ethics and metaethics).

Philosophy research at Keele is placed in the Research Centre for the Study of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and the Environment (RC4SPIRE). The Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre has recently been launched at Keele, which is also a main centre for the activities of the UK Kant Society and of the Kantian Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research.

The postgraduate funding opportunities for 2017-18 include:
– Fully funded AHRC studentships (including a small number of MRes 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).

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£14,296 and £4,151 for three years).

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 KOSAK Research Centre, 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 dedicated research building.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application (www.keele.ac.uk/spire/philosophy/phd/#tabs-2 and, more generally www.keele.ac.uk/spire/philosophy/). Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: humanities.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel.: +44(0)1782 733641.

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website: https://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/fundedstudentships/nwcdtp

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