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Funding Opportunities - Philosophy Research Degrees

Funding opportunities for MPhil Stud or PhD applicants.

Keeling Scholarship (Ancient-Philosophy)

  • Value: UK or Overseas rate fees and maintenance stipend plus research allowance
  • Available to: Prospective students
  • Selection criteria: Academic merit
  • Eligible fee status: UK, Overseas
  • Eligible programmes: Full-time research degrees
  • Deadline: 31 January 2022

UCL Philosophy is pleased to announce 1-2 Keeling scholarships for research in ancient philosophy for either the MPhil. Stud. or MPhil/ PhD, or PhD, beginning in September 2022. The Scholarships will fund tuition fees (UK or international), and provide full AHRC-equivalent maintenance stipend. plus London allowance, and an annual research allowance of up to £1000. The duration of the scholarship will be for two years (MPhil. Stud.), or for three years (MPhil/ PhD, PhD).  

MPhil Stud. students awarded a Keeling Scholarship in ancient philosophy 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, attending the weekly ancient philosophy reading group, and by writing their research thesis (25,000 - 30,000 words) on a topic in ancient philosophy. Other taught modules can be taken in any area of philosophy, as well as in the relevant ancient language as required. MPhil/ PhD and 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), Mark Kalderon (Philosophy), Simona Aimar (Philosophy), and, by arrangement, Elena Cagnoli-Fiecconi (Greek and Latin). 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 the 'Funding' section of the application form (after programme details). The deadline for applications to these programmes is 31 March 2022, however those who wish to be considered for a Keeling Scholarship ought to apply by 31st January 2022. More details on the Keeling Centre website.

Keeling Scholarship (Open)

  • Value: UK or Overseas rate fees and maintenance stipend plus research allowance
  • Available to: Prospective students
  • Selection criteria: Academic merit
  • Eligible fee status: UK, Overseas
  • Eligible programmes: MPhil Stud
  • Deadline: 10 January 2022

Thanks to the generosity of the Keeling Bequest, UCL will offer an open area Keeling scholarship for MPhil Stud. study beginning in 2022. This will cover both fees and full AHRC-equivalent London maintenance (plus £1000pa research allowance) for the two years of the programme. A separate application is not required as all successful applicants to the UCL MPhil Stud programme will be considered automatically for this scholarship.

Other Departmental Awards

  • Value: Various (see below)
  • Available to: Prospective MPhil Stud and MPhil/PhD students
  • Selection criteria: Academic merit
  • Eligible fee status: UK or International
  • Eligible programmes: Full-time research degrees

The department also awards a limited number of small scholarships, to be taken towards fees or as a stipend, for either MPhil Stud. or MPhil/PhD study. Successful applicants to UCL Philosophy Research Programmes will be considered automatically for all the following open area scholarships, there is no separate application procedure. The scholarships are:

A. J. Ayer Award – approx. £2,000

Ayer-Sumitomo Award – approx. £800

Dawes-Hicks Award – approx. £5,000

Jacobsen Scholarship – approx. £9,500

G. Melhuish Award – approx. £3,700

J. S. Mill Award – approx. £1,400

Downing Scholarship – approx. £250

AHRC

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) will be accepting applications from outstanding applicants for AHRC/LAHP Doctoral Training Awards for 2022 entry.  Usually up to 90 studentships are available for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at King's College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, School of Advanced Study or University College London. 

Guidance on applying to the AHRC/LAHP can be found here: https://www.lahp.ac.uk/prospective-students/how-to-apply-for-an-open-studentship/
The deadline for submission of funding application forms to LAHP early February 2022.  Applicants for AHRC funding for study at the doctoral level at UCL Philosophy are strongly advised to contact the Graduate Tutor, Han van Wietmarschen (
j.wietmarschen@ucl.ac.uk), to discuss potential supervisors before this date.

Other UCL FUnding resources

For other possible sources of funding you can use the UCL scholarship finder on the main UCL funding pages.