PhD scholarships

PhD studentships on Political Concepts

PhD studentships are available at Aberdeen on Political Concepts in the World. Students working on Spinoza and politics are welcome to apply (but please note, projects must be strongly linked to the project themes).

These studentships are open to EU nationals only.

Please forward to anyone who may be interested.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD positions: Political Concepts in the World (POLITICO)

The University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme, is delighted to offer six Early Stage Researcher (PhD) positions, lasting 3 years starting in September 2018, for ground-breaking research on how political concepts, such as citizenship, civil society and rule of law, are used in the world.

ESRs will complete a PhD with an inter-disciplinary supervisory team and benefit from a world-class training programme, including placements with one or more of our 23 international partners. We welcome applicants from across the social sciences and humanities, including anthropology, cultural and literary studies, education, history, legal theory and socio-legal studies, philosophy, politics, religious studies, sociology, and theology.

The ESRs will propose and develop their own research projects around the theme of how political concepts have been fostered historically, debated philosophically and politically, fought over by social movements, codified in law, transmitted through education and the media, and lived out in everyday life. They will register for a PhD and work under the supervision of an interdisciplinary team of supervisors. They will receive extensive training, including in engagement with non-academic audiences, which will include one or more placements with one of our 23 partners. They will also actively participate in the activities of the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law.

ESRs will be employed by the University on a salary of £26,075 per annum, and will be eligible for a range of additional benefits including ample travel and research funding.

Candidates are required to meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria. In particular, at the time of the appointment candidates must have had less than 4 years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment.

These posts do not meet the minimum requirements as stipulated by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates who would require an employer-sponsored visa to work in the UK.

Deadline is 20th March 2018. Please click for Further Particulars and to apply.


Spinoza PhD Scholarships at Aberdeen

Elphinstone PhD scholarships are available at University of Aberdeen to work on the following projects:

  • Spinoza and German Idealism
  • Spinoza and the Philosophy of Time

Elphinstone scholarships cover full-time student fees and are open to students from anywhere in the world. Please note: no stipend for living costs is provided.

Deadline for applications: 31 March, 2017

For further information, see below, and this page:

Contact Dr. Beth Lord ( to express interest or discuss a research proposal.


Spinoza and German Idealism (supervised by Dr. Beth Lord)

The Philosophy Department at the University of Aberdeen welcomes project proposals on Benedict de Spinoza and German Idealism. Applicants may propose projects taking any direction within this broad theme, connecting Spinoza’s thought with that of any of the major German Idealist philosophers (Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel), less-studied idealists (such as Maimon, Trendelenburg, and the German Romantics) or literary figures associated with this movement (such as Goethe and Coleridge). Projects might focus on the reception of Spinoza by German Idealists; monism, rational religion, intellectual intuition, and other concepts the idealists inherited from Spinoza; the Pantheism controversy; Hegel’s critique of Spinoza; idealist elements of Spinoza’s own metaphysics and philosophy of mind; continuities and discontinuities between Spinoza’s political thought and the political doctrines of Hegel and others; the idealist use of Spinoza in eighteenth-century literature; or the role of German idealism in twentieth-century French Spinozist thought. Applicants should already have a good background knowledge of Spinoza or the German Idealist thinker(s) on whom they wish to focus. Those interested in applying are strongly advised to contact the supervisor to discuss project ideas prior to applying.


Spinoza and the Philosophy of Time (supervised by Dr. Beth Lord and Dr. Stephan Torre)

The Philosophy Department at the University of Aberdeen welcomes project proposals on Benedict de Spinoza and the Philosophy of Time. Applicants may propose projects taking any direction within this broad theme, focusing either on Spinoza’s own philosophy of time, or on a comparative/critical study of Spinoza and historical and/or contemporary philosophers. For example, projects on Spinoza’s philosophy of time could engage with the metaphysics of the infinite and eternal; the temporality of consciousness; the relationship between space and time; problems of duration and eternity; the possibility of change in Spinoza’s metaphysics; the relationship between time and freedom; the interpretation of the past; the role of prophecy in religion and politics; time and the imagination; or Spinoza’s concept of history. Comparative projects could examine one or more aspects of Spinoza’s philosophy of time in light of problems and theories raised by, for example, Aristotle, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Bergson, McTaggart, Heidegger, Deleuze, and/or any contemporary philosopher(s) of time. The supervisory team consists of a Spinoza specialist and a specialist in philosophy of time. Those interested in applying are strongly advised to contact one or both supervisors prior to applying.