Mind and Analysis Studentships (12 months)

About the Studentships

The Mind Association and the Analysis Trust each propose to award a studentship equal to the full-time maintenance grant for an Arts and Humanities Research Council postgraduate studentship (£15,285 in 2020) in each academic year. The deadline for 2020/21 applications has now passed.

These studentships are designed to support a promising philosopher who does not have other means of support (e.g. a temporary or permanent lectureship or a research fellowship) and to enable them to conduct full-time research. The funds are solely for maintenance and support of research, and not institutional overheads.

Candidates for the studentship should, at the time of taking up the award, have completed at least three and no more than five years of full-time research, or the part-time equivalent. Candidates may make a case for circumstances that exempt them from these eligibility criteria. They should propose to spend the year pursuing research at a university in the UK or Republic of Ireland. This may, but need not, be the university where they have conducted their doctoral studies. The research should be on a subject which falls under the concerns of the journals Analysis and Mind, for example (but not exclusively) metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, logic, philosophy of science, and the history of philosophy.

It is envisaged that the successful candidate will have recently completed a PhD – or be very close to completion – and have a CV which would make the candidate a strong contender for a Junior Research Fellowship or similar appointment.

Please see the ‘Conditions’ link to the left of this page for full details of candidate requirements and ‘Applications’ for instructions on how to apply. For further questions regarding eligibility or terms of the award please contact the Secretary to the Joint Committee, Dr Ben Colburn, at analysistrust.secretary@oup.com.

Conditions of the award

  1. Candidates for the studentship should be pursuing research at a British university, at the beginning of their academic career, and, at the time of taking up the award, should have completed at least three and no more than five years of full-time research, or the part-time equivalent (candidates may make a case for circumstances that exempt them from these eligibility criteria).
  2. Research proposals should be on a subject which falls under the traditional concerns of the journals Mind and Analysis, for example (but not exclusively): metaphysics; philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; epistemology; ethics; political philosophy; aesthetics; logic; philosophy of science; and the history of philosophy.
  3. Candidates should have recently completed a PhD, or be very close to completion at the time of application.
  4. Candidates should not have other means of support (e.g. a temporary or permanent lectureship or a research fellowship) which would enable them to conduct full-time research.
  5. Studentship funds may only be used for the purposes of maintenance and support of research, and may not be used to cover institutional overheads.
  6. It may be possible to hold the position part time; please write to Dr Colburn, the Secretary for the Joint Committee, at analysistrust.secretary@oup.com if you are interested in exploring this option.

How to apply

An application for the studentship should be made by email to Professor Ben Colburn, the Secretary for the Joint Committee, at analysistrust.secretary@oup.com.

The deadline for 2020/21 applications was March 31, 2020 and has now passed. Successful applicants will be notified by late June.

Applications should consist of:

  • A CV.
  • A statement of proposed research of not more than 500 words.
  • An official letter offering facilities in the Institutional department in which the candidate proposes to hold the studentship (this should at least consist of access to computers, the library and research seminars in the department).
  • Two references sent independently to the Secretary for the Joint Committee by the candidate’s referees by the deadline for applications.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to submit written work of up to 8,000 words in early May.

The Executive regrets that it is not possible to offer feedback to applicants.

Selection Process

Selection is made by a joint committee comprising two representatives each from the Mind Executive Committee and the Analysis Committee, with a suitable spread of expertise between them. Applicants’ application materials are read, and samples of written work are invited from a shortlist of candidates. In light of this material the final shortlist is then ranked and studentships offered after ratification by the AGMs of the two societies.

The Secretary of the joint committee will communicate the results of the process to successful applicants in early July.

Post-award reporting

A report on the work supported by the studentship should be sent as soft copy to the Secretary for the Joint Committee, Dr Ben Colburn, at  analysistrust.secretary@oup.com for consideration at the Mind AGM, after the term of the studentship.

Current Studentship Recipients

The Mind Association and the Analysis Trust are delighted to announce the winners of their Studentship competition for 2020-21. Mind Studentships are awarded to James Laing and James Openshaw. James Laing will be based at the University of York, working on interpersonal self-consciousness; James Openshaw will be at the University of Warwick, working on objectual memory. The Analysis Committee has awarded the Analysis Studentship to Leonie Smith, for a project on epistemic harm and reparations, hosted by the University of Manchester.

Previous Mind Studentship Awards

2019/20 Simon Thunder (Nottingham): Mereological Nihilism
2018/19 Alexander Moran (Cambridge): Perceptual Experience and the Physical World.