Society for Applied Philosophy Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme

The Society has launched a Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme for researchers in applied philosophy who are within two years of receiving their PhD. Up to two one-year fellowships, worth £16,000 each, will be awarded each year to support post-doctoral research to be undertaken at a university in any country.

The application deadline for 2023–24 fellowships was the 1st of May 2023, for a start date of the 1st of September 2023. The committee anticipates making decisions by early July.  Application for 2024–25 fellowships will open on 01 March 2024.


• The 2023–24 scheme is open to those who defended, or will defend, their PhD (judged by date of their viva) between the 1st of September 2021 and the 31st of August 2023. Applicants who defended prior to September 2021 but have a relevant period of parental or sick leave should submit documentary evidence of this period with their application.
• The SAP supports work in applied philosophy. Although those with backgrounds in other areas are welcome to apply, the proposed research must be within applied philosophy. Potential applicants who are unsure whether their proposed research area is eligible may contact the committee via admin@​appliedphil.​org with a brief summary of their proposed research in advance of the application deadline.
• The scheme is open to researchers worldwide.
• The scheme is open to both SAP members and non-members. Successful applicants will be provided with SAP membership for the duration of the fellowship.
• Applicants must identify a university willing to host them for the duration of the fellowship.


• The Fellowship stipend will be paid quarterly on the 1st of September, 1st of December, 1st of March and 1st of June.
• The Fellowships are intended to support full-time research and may not be held concurrently with other forms of employment, excepting teaching. Fellows may engage in a small amount of teaching at their host or other institution. Teaching should broaden the Fellow’s teaching expertise in order to strengthen their CV, in terms of either topic or teaching level and should not exceed three contact hours a week during termtime. Teaching outside of termtime (e.g. as part of a summer school) is permitted at the discretion of the awarding committee.

Applications must include:

• The applicant’s CV, listing their education, publications, conference presentations, prizes, any funding awards / grants and experience of public / policy engagement.
• A research proposal of no more than 1000 words outlining the applicant’s research plans for the fellowship.
• Writing sample(s) of no more than 10,000 words. This can be one longer piece or two shorter pieces. Samples can be published or unpublished.
• Two letters of reference to be submitted by the deadline. At least one referee should be based outside the applicant’s doctoral institution. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that letters are received by the application deadline.
• A copy of the applicant’s PhD certificate or signed confirmation from their supervisor that their viva will take place no later than the 31st of August 2023. Applicants without a PhD certificate will also be required to submit a signed letter from their supervisor confirming the successful defence of their thesis prior to taking up the fellowship.
• Details of other post-doctoral schemes (e.g. Leverhulme, British Academy) to which the applicant has applied. Applicants who are successful in these other schemes should notify the committee that they wish to withdraw from the SAP scheme as soon as possible.
• A letter of support from the head of the university department or institution confirming that they are willing to host the Fellow for the duration of the fellowship. This letter should:

( a ) confirm that the Fellow will be provided with an affiliation, office space (which may be shared), access to library and computing facilities;
( b ) confirm that the Fellow will not be asked to carry out departmental administrative duties, although they may be expected to participate in departmental events;
( c ) acknowledge that the department may not ask the Fellow to carry out unpaid teaching;
( d ) identify a member of academic staff who will serve as the Fellow’s mentor.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Online interviews may be held; any such interviews are likely to take place in the second half of May.

Enquires should be directed to admin@​appliedphil.​org.