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Seminars and Reading Groups

Various reading groups and one-off lectures are advertised via the departmental group mailing list gradphil. For instructions how to join this please see the Philosophy Research Student Guide

Other London based seminars and conferences are organised by the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study (University of London). The department has institutional membership to this. For more information see the IP website.

All research students are expected to attend some sessions of the Recent Philosophical Writings seminar held fortnightly. There is a Moodle site for this module (PHILG009: Recent Philosophical Writings - Senior Seminar) which shows the papers being discussed. 

Research students are also invited to attend any of the graduate seminars taking place that are related to their area of research. Seminars are two hours in duration and meet weekly except in the summer term when they often meet twice a week to compensate for the shorter term (7 weeks instead of the usual 10 weeks).
Modules for 2015/16.

The PhD work in progress seminar runs weekly throughout the year and provides a forum for UCL philosophy PhD candidates to present their research, at any stage, to fellow candidates in a supportive environment. The seminar provides an opportunity to try out and get feedback on new ideas, to stay in touch with the research of other students, to work on presenting skills and to practise chairing sessions. New research students are very welcome to the seminar, which starts in the first week of the autumn term.

Post Graduate Teaching Assistance and Other Financial Support


The Department appoints PhD students as teaching assistants for undergraduate modules in the first and second year of the BA degree and as small group tutorial teachers for first year BA students. Applications are invited in Spring for positions in the following academic year. We encourage all doctoral students to gain this teaching experience at some point in their studies. This is useful not only from the perspective of applying for teaching jobs in the future, but also feeds into your own research, helping you learn how to present your ideas clearly. There is a training course for teaching assistants at the beginning of each academic year, which is compulsory for everyone who is going to be appointed in that academic year. 

Departmental Scholarships

The Department itself has a small set of funds to offer modest hardship assistance for graduate students in financial need.

The Follett Scholarship Funded by Ken Follett, an alumnus of the Department, is a one-year award of £13,000 available each year. The S.V. Keeling Scholarship is funded through a bequest: it is a scholarship to support research in ancient philosophy, and is equivalent to a full AHRC fees and maintenance award, for up to three years. The Ayer, Dawes Hicks, Jacobsen, Melhuish, and JS Mill scholarships are also funded by bequest, but are much smaller, providing only £500-£1000. 

Provision of paid undergraduate teaching opportunities is the other major way for the Department to offer partial assistance to its students in financial need.  Applications for consideration for departmental hardship and scholarship funds are invited at the same time as applications for teaching opportunities, usually in Spring Term for the following academic year, and these applications are considered together.

Other Sources of Funding

In addition to the above mentioned sources of funding for conference attendance, there are a number of other potential resources for financial assistance more generally: 

The UCL Graduate School has funds to assist with the travel and accommodation costs of presenting at conferences outside London.  

UCL’s own Overseas Research Student Awards are available to international students (non-EU) for competition each year. The deadline will fall in February 2013 but these applications require references and substantial paperwork, so should be prepared well in advance of the deadline. 

The Royal Institute of Philosophy, which holds philosophical meetings in the vicinity of UCL, also provides fellowships and bursaries for research students. 

The Analysis Trust normally offers a grant to a completing graduate student every other year. 

UCL also provides a list of other external funding opportunities

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