The Jacobsen Trust funds three initiatives: a postdoctoral fellowship, an essay prize, and a public lecture. 

The Jacobsen trust funds are based at the Institute of Philosophy within the School of Advanced Study.  The funds are overseen by the Jacobsen Committee which is comprised of academics from Philosophy Departments across the University of London Colleges

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Institute is home to the University of London's Jacobsen research fellows in philosophy, funded by a bequest from Mr Jens Jacobsen. Further details about the 2017/18 Jacobsen Fellowships can be found here

Previous Fellows include: Keith Allen, Derek Bolton, Emily Caddik, Alex Douglas, Miranda Fricker, Christoph Hoerl, Hallvard Lillehammer, Matteo Mameli, Samir Okasha, Jonathan Payne, and Ann Whittle. 

Essay Prize

The Jacobsen Essay Prize was established in the 1980s following a donation to the University from Mr J. A. B. Jacobsen. Further details about the 2017/18 Jacobsen Essay Prize will be added when available. 

Essay Prize winners

  • 2016 - Jørgen Dyrstad (KCL) - Seeing and Differentiating 

  • 2015 - Samuel Kimpton-Nye (KCL) - Leibniz on Counterpart Theory

  • 2014 – Maarten Steenhagen (UCL)


This year's lecture will be by Professor Huw Price, Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge.

Title: Causation, Chance, and Dummett's Dilemma

The event will be held in the Senate House on Monday 9 May 2018. More info here.  

Past Lectures

  • Susanne Bobzien (Oxford) – ‘Gestalt Shifts in the Liar’ (2017)
  • Hannah Ginsgborg (Berkeley) - 'Going on as one ought: the normativity of meaning revisited’ (2016) 
  • Kit Fine (NYU) - Truthmaker Semantics (2011)
  • John Broome (Oxford) - Rationality and Instrumental Reasoning (2010)
  • Robert Stalnaker (MIT) - The Essential Contextual (2009)
  • Sarah Broadie (St Andrews) - Practical/Theoretical (2008)
  • Stephen Yablo (MIT) (2007)
  • Dorothy Edgington (Oxford) - Thinking about what would have happened (2006)


Jacobsen committee members : Maria-Rosa Antognazza (KCL, Chair), Robert Northcott (Birkbeck), Veronique Munoz-Darde (UCL), Roman Frigg (LSE), Barry Smith (IP)