The Mind Association

Supporting and Promoting Excellence in Philosophy

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We support, fund and promote philosophical research, and are responsible for the management and financial support of the quarterly journal, Mind.

Conference Grants

Funding for academic conferences in philosophy.

The Mind Journal

One of the leading academic journals in philosophy.

Research Fellowships

Individual research awards for academic philosophers.

The Joint Session

Annual joint conference organised with the Aristotelian Society.

Honouring Professor Katherine Hawley

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Members of the Mind Association Executive Committee and the Editors of MIND were deeply saddened to learn that Katherine Hawley, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, has died. Katherine was a valued elected member of the Executive from 2013 to 2015, and was an invited symposiast at the 2019 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. She was recently asked to be a future President of the Mind Association but, unfortunately, had to decline due to her ill health. Members of the Executive recall Katherine’s contributions to its discussions – always level-headed, always authoritative, and always delivered in good humour. While holding a distinguished standing within the profession, Katherine was a person in whose company it was very easy to feel at ease. She will be missed.

As a tribute to Katherine’s contributions to the Mind Association and to the philosophical community more generally MIND are pleased to make available the articles that she published in the journal. Links to the articles can be found here:

Mind Association AGM 2021

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Meeting date: Wednesday 7th July

The annual general meeting of the Mind Association is open to all members of the Mind Association. The AGM ordinarily takes place at the Joint Session. Due to the ongoing health crisis, the 2021 AGM will be held online from 10am on Wednesday 7th July. If you would like to receive an invitation to attend and / or copies of the Director’s and Treasurer’s reports, please contact the Association’s administrator in advance at

Mind and Analysis Studentships 2021-22

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Deadline for applications: Thursday 15 April 2021

The Analysis Trust and the Mind Association each propose to award a studentship equal to the full-time maintenance grant for an Arts and Humanities Research Council postgraduate studentship for the year 2021-2022 (ie £15,609). These grants are designed to support a promising philosopher who does not have other means of support (e.g. a doctoral stipend, or employment as a lecturer or research fellow), and to enable them to conduct their own programme of research. The grant is solely for maintenance and support of research, and not institutional overheads, and cannot be combined with other similar academic employment.

Candidates for the studentships 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 Ph.D. or be very close to completion.

An application for the studentship should be made by email to Professor Ben Colburn (, secretary to the joint committee. It should consist of a CV, a statement of proposed research of not more than 500 words, and an official letter offering facilities in the department in which the candidate proposes to hold the studentship (this should at least consist in access to computers, the library and research seminars in the department). Applicants should also ensure that two references are sent to Professor Colburn (at the address above) by the deadline for applications: Thursday 15 April 2021.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to submit some written work of up to 8,000 words in mid-May. The Secretary of the joint committee will communicate the results of the competition in late June.