Athena PhD Scholarship

University of Warwick - Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick is one of the most highly regarded Philosophy departments in the UK. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, we ranked first in the UK for the quality of our research and fourth overall, with over 90% of the research published by our staff in books and journal articles over a six-year period from 2008 assessed as being ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’. The influential Leiter Report also lists Warwick Philosophy in the top groupings in six areas: epistemology; philosophy of art; philosophy of mind; political philosophy; 19th century continental philosophy; and 20th century continental philosophy. While many UK philosophy departments possess strength in analytic philosophy or continental philosophy, we are distinctive in having world-leading philosophers from both fields.

Warwick Philosophy is delighted to be able to announce a new PhD scholarship to support female scholars entering the field.  Thanks to the donation of a generous benefactor, we are able to offer the first Athena Scholarship for exceptional candidates from the UK and EU. 

Despite the major contribution of women to the field of philosophy and a relative gender balance at Undergraduate study, women in philosophy remain under-represented in postgraduate study and academic careers.  The Athena Scholarship is one way Warwick Philosophy is seeking to redress the balance. 


The studentship will include full time tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus an enhanced research support bursary for research trips, conferences, and other relevant activities each year for three years (six years part-time), as well as access to the usual training and support opportunities available to PhD candidates in the Department of Philosophy.

Applications are invited from any candidates who meet the normal application criteria for a PhD in Philosophy at Warwick, and whose research proposal meets the project aims specified on the Philosophy website. Proposals in any area of philosophy covered in our department are welcome.

How to apply

Applicants should read the full studentship description online in the first instance.  Applicants must complete a full PhD application as specified on the Philosophy website, complete a separate application available on the studentship page, and submit all supporting documents including academic references no later than Friday 27 April 2018.

Queries may be sent directly to Melissa Venables at in the first instance.

Funding Maximum

The award covers full tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and offers an enhanced research support bursary for 3 years. Candidates must identify as female and be UK/EU nationals only.

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