Short term postdoctoral research grants scheme 2021–22

N.B. this scheme has been extended to offer two further tounds of funding.

Recognising the difficult employment situation for recent PhDs, the Society wishes to offer a number of short-term research grants to postdoctoral researchers who have not yet found a full-time teaching or research position. We hope to support interesting work in applied philosophy and to help able candidates weather these exceptionally difficult circumstances.

The awards will be for a grant of £4,000 (or equivalent in the applicant’s home currency) for a nominal period of six months.

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 full membership for the year the award is made (2021 or 2022)


1. The awards will be for a grant of £4,000 (or equivalent in the applicant’s home currency) for a nominal period of six months.
  • The award will be paid in two parts - an initial sum of £3,500, and a final sum of £500 on receipt of a short report on the work completed, to be submitted at the end of the six month period.
2. Applications should include the following:
  • A proposal of no more than 1000 words that indicates the research you propose to undertake with the award. This might be, for example, one or two papers in applied philosophy that develop ideas from your thesis.
    • Please be realistic about what you can achieve in this short period – we mean to prioritise quality over quantity.
    • If you have or expect an academic affiliation for the period, please note this. Applicants without such affiliations are encouraged to approach institutions who may be willing to offer visiting affiliations (e.g. the institution that awarded your doctorate)
    • Applications and planned work should be in English. Candidates who have written their PhDs in other languages are welcome to apply.
  • A CV of 2-4 pages
  • Two letters of reference, to be submitted directly by your referees here.
3. Applicants should have submitted their doctoral thesis by the deadline for application, and should be within three years of the award of their PhD by the application deadline.
  • Please include either (a) documentation that confirms the award of your PhD, or (b) a reference letter from a member of your doctoral committee that confirms that you have formally submitted your thesis.
4. Applicants should not have a full-time academic position or salary which amounts to 6 months or more of a full-time post within the current academic year (i.e. to be eligible any academic position held must be less than 0.5 FTE over the current academic year - usually 01 September to 31 August). Please include a one-page statement of your employment status, listing any adjunct or part-time teaching responsibilities or other employment during the current academic year (whether completed, on-going, or anticipated). N.B. Periods of funded doctoral research should be counted as periods of employment. Partial funding should be counted pro rata to the AHRC funding rate, currently £15, 609 p.a. (£17,609 in London). So, for example, an annual £10,000 doctoral scholarship would count as .64 FTE. Fees-only funding is not counted as employment. N.B. Where an award is made, awardees should notify if any further employment is taken up during the nominal grant period (e.g. January - June 2022 / April -September 2022). Awardees may be required to return funding (pro rata) in some cases.


5. The deadlines will be:
-- 15 February 2021, for awards to commence on 1 April 2021.
-- 15 April 2021, for awards to commence on 1 June 2021.
-- 01 November 2021, for awards to commence on 1 January 2022.
-- (revised deadline) 03 March 2022, for awards to commence on 1 April 2022
We anticipate making up to five awards in each round.  Applicants who applied in the first round may re-apply.


6. Successful candidates will be expected to acknowledge the Society’s support in eventual publications, and provide a summary of their research (report) for use on the Society’s website.