Scholarships and Student Funding

PhD Studentship in Perspectival realism: historical and philosophical approaches

Studentships will be offered for 2017-2018 funded by both the ERC and the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.


The successful applicant’s primary research focus is expected to be on the history and philosophy of science. The scholarship is the second of two scholarships linked to a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Professor Michela Massimi, entitled Perspectival Realism. Science, Knowledge and Truth from a Human Vantage Point. This ERC Consolidator Grant aims to develop a novel view in philosophy of science called perspectival realism, via an interdisciplinary approach, which combines the philosophy of science, with scientific practice, the history of science, and the history of philosophy. It is expected that this second scholarship will be allocated to a project broadly on the topic of Perspectival realism: historical and philosophical approaches. The project will be supervised by Professor Massimi, and will contribute to the overarching aims and goals of the ERC project.


Each studentship covers the UK/EU rate of fee and an annual stipend of £14,057. These are tenable for three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.


The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and will have, or will be studying for, a Masters Degree (or equivalent).

Existing doctoral researchers (i.e. those in their 1st or 2nd year of doctoral study) are not eligible for this award.

Overseas applicants are welcome to apply for this studentship but should note that they will have to pay themselves for the additional tuition fees.


Applicants must complete the studentship application form and submit with the required supporting documentation.

Applications for this scholarship are no longer being accepted for 2017-18 as the deadline of 19th May 2017 has now passed. 

Interviews (by Skype if necessary) will take place at the end of May.

Further Information

Information about Postgraduate Study in PPLS:

Queries regarding research interests and this ERC project: Professor Michela Massimi

Queries regarding application process: Katie Keltie