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Call for Applications – Institute of Philosophy Visiting Fellowships 

The Institute of Philosophy is extending a call for International and UK based candidates to apply for Visiting Fellowships for up to 6 months (dependant on the fellowship route applied for).

Currently the Institute runs two types of fellowship –

  • Collaborative Fellowships are open to applicants from non-UK institutions. These fellowships have a defined application window are awarded with a stipend to cover accommodation and travel costs for a maximum of 3 months.  The next round of Collaborative Fellowships applications will be in Summer 2018.
  • Non-stipendiary Fellowships are open to applicants from the UK or overseas. These fellowships can be applied for all year round, usually for a maximum period of 6 months.

Collaborative Fellowships

The Collaborative Visiting Fellowship scheme for 2018-19 will be open to applicants who hold an academic position in a non-UK institution for the purpose of supporting philosophical research in the UK. Collaborative visiting positions come with a stipend of £1500/month, for up to 3 months, reimbursable against travel and accommodation costs during the course of the fellowship. While a fellow in the IP applicants would be expected to contribute to the intellectual environment of the Institute and work in collaboration with philosophers based in London or the UK.

Non-stipendiary Fellowships

Non-stipendiary Fellows are visitors to the Institute from the UK or overseas who spend a significant period of time at the Institute (usually between 3 and 6 months) on their own research. It is also possible for visitors to come for shorter periods, or ask for an extension after 6 months (after review). Visiting Fellows are provided with office space, access to computing and printing facilities and library access. Fellows are expected to make a contribution to the Institute's programme of events during their stay. Fellows are usually members of other academic departments or postdoctoral researchers. Doctoral students interested in working in close collaboration with one of the Centres based at the IP can also apply.

Application procedure for Visiting Fellowships

Applications should consist of:
(i) a cover letter, which outlines the proposed duration and timing of your stay and a plan for collaborative activities that justifies holding the fellowship at the IP (e.g. giving talks across the UK; organising workshops / conferences with the IP and other UK departments; supervising postgraduate students; contributing to impact activities; participating in an existing research project based in the UK; preparing an application involving UK-philosophy departments).
(ii) a short curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages).
(iii) names, positions, organisations and email addresses for two referees, preferentially one UK-based.

Applications should be sent via email to using the subject line ‘Collaborative/Non-Stipendiary Fellowship application – [NAME]’

Applicants can apply for both collaborative and the non-stipendiary fellowships within the same application. Please indicate which schemes are applying for in your cover letter.

Applications for the Collaborative Fellowships will be assessed by the IP Directorate. The next round will be in summer 2018.

Non-stipendiary applications can be submitted any time, allowing at least two months before the start date of the intended visit. 


Institute of Philosophy Annual Supported Conference 2018

This year's theme is PRIVACY. Proposals are sought from UK philosophy departments (not including University of London) to organise a one or two day philosophy conference on a topic related to Privacy. The conference will be financially supported by the Institute, who will also provide a venue in Senate House.

Proposals – of no more than three pages – should contain:

  • a clear rationale for the theme or topic chosen;
  • a list of possible speakers;
  • a draft budget, including likely accommodation needs;
  • an indication of whether any other sources of funding will be sought;
  • preferred date or date range

The Institute will work in partnership with the lead conference organiser of the successful bid to help facilitate, advertise, and run the event. Funding will be provided to cover expenditure on the following items:

  • speaker travel for second class rail or economy air fare;
  • refreshments on the day and lunch for the speakers;
  • overnight accommodation for speakers where necessary;
  • a conference dinner for speakers and chairs.

The level of funding for the successful bid will be set by the Institute of Philosophy following consultations between the conference organiser, the Director of the Institute, and the Management Committee, and should not exceed £2,500.

Proposals should be sent to by Thursday 30th November 2017 stating "Annual Conference Call 2017-18" in the subject of the email. These will be assessed by the Management Committee and a decision will be announced by January 2018.