Doctoral Scholarships EU / EEA / EFTA

The Society for Applied Philosophy intends to offer one scholarship for doctoral work in applied philosophy in any university in an EU country (the scheme also extends to applications from countries in European Economic Area (EEA) and applicants from countries who are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Those  applying for award in UK should follow guidance here). The level of the award will be up to £10,000 per scholarship and will be held for one year.

Eligibility and criteria

Applicants must have successfully completed their first year of PhD, be working on their doctoral thesis (they must have completed any coursework component of their programme), and have applied for a competitive doctoral grant where eligible (either from their home country or in the country where they are undertaking their doctoral work).

Applicants must 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 scheme is open to anyone meeting the criteria (you do not need to be a member of SAP to apply). Successful candidates who are not already members of the Society will be provided with postgraduate membership for the current year.

Application for 2023–24 awards is now closed.  Applications for 2024–25 can be submitted from 1 May 2024The closing date for 2024–25 applications is Wednesday 10 July 2024.  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 a competitive national doctoral grant programme or a statement explaining lack of eligibility
  • Evidence that you have successfully completed the probationary research period/first year of an appropriate Ph.D. programme
  • A brief description of the doctoral programme you are enrolled in (specifying how many years it is for and what compulsory coursework, if any, the programme involves
  • Declaration testifying other sources of funding applied for or held, and/or that you have no other source of funding


Applicants should ask two academic referees to provide supporting references which must be submitted by the referee using the online form here.  Wherever possible, the reference should be on headed paper.  The reference should be a scanned pdf file, signed in ink, and must include full contact details.  It is the applicants responsibility to arrange references to be submitted prior to the deadline.  References not submitted by the deadline will result in the application being ‘incomplete’.  Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Further notes

  • Applications can be made by students undertaking doctoral research in applied philosophy in any department within a European University (EU / EEA / EFTA member countries), regardless of their nationality, and writing their doctoral thesis in English.
  • Applicants 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.
  • Applicants must have passed a probationary research student period/their doctoral research project assessment, as specified by the host institution.
  • In cases where applicants have/obtain funding from other sources the SAP grant may be reduced.
  • Successful applicants may apply for a second year of funding. Applications will be considered alongside all other applications made in that year.
  • Incomplete applications, including those with missing references, will not be considered.

Application can be made by completing the online form below (available from 01 May) 


  • Applications can be submitted from 1 May 2024.
  • The application form below should only be completed by those applying for funding within an European country (EU / EEA / EFTA countries – i.e. outside of the UK). 

(UK applicants should follow the link here to apply.)

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SAP Annual Conference 2024
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Membership of the Society is open to anyone interested in our aims, whether or not you hold a philosophical qualification or are employed as a professional philosopher.

Membership currently costs £26 per annum, or £14 for postgraduates.  This includes online access to the Journal of Applied Philosophy, as well as a reduced fee for the Society’s annual conference.   Members can also apply for event funding through the Society’s grant scheme.

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