PhD Studentship – The Sense of Commitment

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’.

We are pleased to invite applications for a full-time PhD Studentship in philosophy and psychology.

to commence in October 2018. The studentship is part of the “Sense of Commitment” project led by Dr John Michael.


The studentship will include full time tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus an annual maintenance grant in line with RCUK guidelines (provisionally set at £14,800 for 2018-19) for three years.  Additional benefits include additional training and support funding up to £700 per year, provision of a laptop, and access to the usual training and support opportunities available to PhD candidates in the Department of Philosophy

The successful candidate will write their thesis under the supervision of Dr John Michael. Applicants are invited to be creative in preparing their research proposal. The successful candidate will demonstrate how their proposed PhD thesis aligns with the broad objectives of the Sense of Commitment Project. All relevant details about the Project’s aims and objectives can be found at the Project website.

The successful candidate will conduct a comprehensive literature review of her or his chosen research topic, which will inform her or his doctoral thesis and support the project aims more broadly. The successful candidate will also design and implement experiments testing hypotheses generated by theoretical analysis, as well as collaborating with other members of the research team both in experimental and in theoretical work. For this reason, the candidate will not only have a strong theoretical grasp of commitment and related issues, but will either have or be willing to acquire programming skills, as well as a proficiency in statistics. The candidate will be expected to co-author 2-3 journal articles with Dr John Michael.

Applications are invited from any candidates with a background in philosophy, psychology or a related area, and whose research proposal meets the project aims specified on the website. We particularly welcome applications from female candidates and candidates from a minority ethnic background. Overseas fee-paying applicants will be considered, but please note that the studentship will only cover tuition fees up to the Home/EU rate

How to apply

Applicants should read the full studentship description online  in the first instance; expressions of interest should be sent to Dr John Michael directly. 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 15 April 2018.

Queries may be sent directly to Dr John Michael:

Funding Details

This studentship offers an annual stipend at the standard RCUK rate and covers full tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for 3 years. Training and support funding is also available up to £700 per annum and the provision of a laptop.

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