BSHP Postgraduate Fellowship

The BSHP is offering a bursaries of £4000 to a Postgraduate Student of any nationality currently studying at UK higher education institutions or having accepted an offer from a UK higher education institution to start study in the year of the fellowship. The bursary is offered for a single academic year (application due on 31 January; fellowship commences in September of the same year). Applications are especially encouraged from PG students from underrepresented groups, including students with disabilities, students from BAME backgrounds, first generation university students, and women.


  • Research students writing a MPhil/PhD thesis in the history of philosophy.
  • MA students able to demonstrate a clear focus on the history of philosophy in their taught modules and writing an MA thesis in the history of philosophy. All MA modules the applicant is taking, or is planning to take, should be listed in their CV.
  • Applicants already awarded partial funding for the fellowship year are eligible, but priority may be given to applicants without any funding. Students already awarded full funding for the fellowship year are not eligible.
  • Applicants who are applying to other funding schemes through their university are eligible to apply to this scheme. But if successful applicants to this scheme receive full funding from other sources after being awarded the BSHP fellowship, they should inform , copying in , as soon as possible so that the BSHP fellowship can be allocated to the next ranked applicant.


  • CV including:
    • place, programme, and year of study (e.g. University of Wales, second year PhD)
    • which funding, if any, the applicants are receiving, have received, or expect to receive for the course of study relevant to their application and during the year of their fellowship
    • if applicable and if they wish, applicants should state in their CV to which underrepresented group they belong
  • Summary of research project/thesis topic, including an outline of the work they plan to do if they are successful (MAX 500 words) and account of fit with supervisor and/or department (MAX 200 words).
  • Name and contact details of a referee. The referee should be someone well acquainted with the academic work of the candidate, who should comment on past performance as well as potential.

Deadline for applications and references: 23:59 (GMT) on 31 January each year.

Applications will be assessed on the rigour, significance, originality, and feasibility of the research project; the academic record of the applicant; and fit with their proposed or current supervisor (for MPhil/PhD students) or fit with their proposed department and programme of study (for MA students)

  • Applicants should send their application as a SINGLE FILE to , copying in , by the deadline and ask their referee to send a confidential reference letter to the same by the same deadline.
  • Incomplete applications (e.g. applications missing the supervisor reference letter by the deadline) will not be considered.
  • Please note that successful applicants who are not currently members of the BSHP will be required to become a BSHP member.
  • Due to the high number of expected applications, the BSHP will be unable to provide feedback. The decision of the BSHP assessment panel will be final.