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Keeling Scholarship

UCL Philosophy is pleased to announce two Keeling scholarships for research in ancient philosophy for either the MPhil. Stud. or PhD, beginning in 2015.  The Scholarship will fund tuition fees (UK/EU) and full AHRC-equivalent London maintenance for two years ( MPhil. Stud.), or for up to three years ( PhD). MPhil Stud students awarded a Keeling Scholarship are required to specialise to some extent in ancient philosophy over the two year programme, by completing at least two half year modules in the area of ancient philosophy, and by writing their research thesis (30,000 words) on a topic in ancient philosophy. PhD students awarded a Keeling Scholarship will be pursuing a doctorate on a topic in ancient philosophy. Those able to supervise graduate research in ancient philosophy at UCL include Fiona Leigh (Philosophy), M.M. McCabe (Philosophy), Mark Kalderon (Philosophy), Simona Aimar (Philosophy, from 2017), and, by arrangement, Jenny Bryan (Greek and Latin). Prospective applicants should view details about our research programmes.

London is a thriving centre for ancient philosophy. The Keeling Lecture and associated Graduate Masterclass is held annually at UCL, as is the biennial Keeling Colloquium. UCL and KCL co-convene a weekly ancient Greek reading group, and the Institute of Classical Studies hosts a fortnightly series of papers on a different theme each year, organised by academics from London working in ancient philosophy (UCL, KCL, Royal Holloway, Birkbeck, University of London). Further information can be found on:

Only applicants to UCL Philosophy research programmes can be considered for a Keeling Scholarship. Applicants should indicate on their application form that they wish to be considered for the Keeling Scholarship by writing 'Keeling Scholarship' in section §29 'Funding'. The deadline for applications to these programmes is 5 January 2015. It is advised that prospective students consult guidance on the UCL application process

Enquiries in matters pertaining to the Keeling Scholarship should, in the first instance be directed to Dr. Fiona Leigh


Previous Keeling Scholars

  • 2014-16 Niels Christensen (MPhil Stud) for research in ancient philosophy
  • 2012-15 Margaret Hampson (PhD) for research on Aristotle's account of habituation.
  • 2011 Elena Cagnoli Fiecconi (MPhil Stud) for research on Aristotle's conception of akrasia and imagination.
  • 2010 Margaret Hampson (MPhil Stud) for research on the Epicurean account of the nature of emotion.
  • 2008 Sophie Arkette (PhD)  for research in ancient philosophy

Keeling Research Assistants 

  • 2014-15 Akousa Bonsu
  • 2012-14 Margaret Hampson
  • 2011-12 Chris Meyns