Predoctoral Scholarly Activity Awards

From 2024-2029, the BSHP will offer two Predoctoral Scholarly Activity Awards per year. Candidates, who must be predoctoral students, may apply for up to £500 to fund activities related to the history of philosophy, which will support their academic and professional development. Doctoral and postdoctoral candidates should apply under this separate scheme.

Examples of such activities include the cost of travel and accommodation to a specialist library or archive; the cost of travel and accommodation to give a conference paper; the cost of childcare associated with such projects; and, the cost of attending a summer school.

The application deadline is 28 February each year. Membership of the BSHP is not a requirement for applying.

Applicants should complete the form available here and email their application to by the deadline.

Successful applicants must agree to abide by the following rules:

  • The research funded must relate substantially to history of philosophy.
  • The support of the BSHP must be acknowledged in any publications, in print or online, or in any other media, arising from the research. See our page on Acknowledging support for details.
  • Reports on planning and progress must be delivered to the Management Committee of the BSHP on request.
  • The BSHP must be satisfied that the awards made are used for their intended purpose. Payment of the award will normally be made after the event has occurred and only upon receipt of a satisfactory report and receipts for expenses.
  • As signatories to the BPA Environment/Travel Guidelines, the BSHP prefers travel by train rather than airplane for short and intermediate travel. Additional funding is available in order to accommodate this preference.