Doctoral Scholarships

Each year the Society for Applied Philosophy offers two scholarships for doctoral work in applied philosophy in a UK university, and one further scholarship for doctoral work in applied philosophy in any University in an EU country (subject to a suitable candidate coming forward). The level of each scholarship will be up to £10,000 and will be held for one year.  Those wishing to apply for the UK award should follow the guidance below. Those wishing to apply for the EU award should follow the guidance here.

Eligibility and criteria

Applicants must have applied for AHRC and other relevant funding where eligible (either in the open studentship competition or via a block grant holder) — the SAP scholarship will only be awarded when the AHRC has informed candidates of its decisions. Applicants must also declare all other sources of funding they are receiving and whether they are awaiting a decision from a further source/s to support their doctoral research (fees and maintenance) — the Society tends to give priority to candidates who are not already in receipt of other funds. Applications will be assessed primarily on the basis of academic merit. However, the committee will also take account of whether applicants have already received, or are currently receiving, significant funding.

The closing date for 2019–20 applications is Monday 15 July 2019 — applications can be submitted from 1 May 2019. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that complete applications, including references, arrive by the deadline.

How to apply

Your application should consist of the following items

  • Curriculum vitae (no more than 2 sides of A4)
  • Outline of the proposed research (no more than 500 words)
  • Evidence of an application to the AHRC or a statement explaining lack of eligibility
  • Statement testifying that you have no other source of funding
  • Evidence that you have been accepted onto an appropriate PhD programme

Together these items constitute one application. Please send four copies of your application to the postal address below. Each copy should be independently stapled in the above order.

S.A.P. Doctoral Scholarship
C/o Jon Cameron
Taylor Building
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 3UB


Applicants should ask two academic referees to write directly to the address below providing supporting references (in total, four copies of each reference are required). A scanned copy of a signed reference letter will be accepted by email only where it is not possible for the referee to send via standard mail (e.g. if the referee is travelling and unable to access usual postal facilities) - in such an event, please contact the Society's administrator to discuss the arrangement.

Further notes

  • 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
  • We recognise that applicants may be ineligible for AHRC funding in some year because a block grant is available only in other years and the existence of the block grant prevents them for applying in open competition.
  • Successful applicants may apply for a second year of funding. Applications will be considered alongside all other applications made in that year.
  • Where applicants have funding from other sources the SAP grant may be reduced to ensure that the applicant’s overall funding does not exceed the level of a full AHRC grant.
  • Incomplete applications, including those with missing references, will not be considered.