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Call for Applications - Newton International Fellowships

The Institute of Philosophy, at the School of Advanced Study, is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified applicants for the Newton International Fellowships scheme. The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the humanities.

Fellows would be expected to contribute to the intellectual environment of the Institute, and work in collaboration with philosophers based in the UK. Fellowships are tenable for up to two years with a start date between 1st October 2020 and 31st March 2021. They include a subsistence award of up to £24,000 per year, up to £8,000 per year for research expenses and a one-off payment of up to £3,000 for relocation expenses (£2,000 for EEA nationals).

For further information and applications details click here



Call For Papers: Metacognitionnew developments and challenges   

Part of the ERC ‘Metacognition of Concepts’ Project (PI Nicholas Shea) 
Submission deadline: March 6, 2020

Conference date: May 12-13, 2020

Conference Venue: Institute of Philosophy, University of London, London, UK 

Organizers: Joulia Smortchkova (Oxford/IP London) & Nicholas Shea (Oxford/IP London)

Invited Speakers:

  • Ophélia Deroy (Munich)
  • Steve Fleming (UCL)
  • Louise Goupil (IRCAM)
  • John Morrison (Columbia)
  • Josef Perner (Salzburg)
  • Joëlle Proust (CNRS)
  • Alex Rosati (Michigan) 


In recent years the scope of metacognition has expanded. Metacognitive processes seem to be involved in practically all cognitive faculties: perception, action, memory, learning, decision making, and conceptual thought are some examples. It encompasses many cases where metacognition operates without the person engaging in deliberate monitoring or control. Evidence for metacognition also extends to pre-verbal infants and non-human animals. But are there fundamentally different types of metacognition involved in different cases? And how should we capture the distinction: procedural vs. analytic, experience-based vs. information-based, implicit vs. explicit, core vs. late-developing, or some other way? 


Guidelines for submission 

Scholars from philosophy and the cognitive sciences are invited to submit an abstract which will be considered for either a poster or a short talk (15 to 20 minutes) on any topic related to metacognition. Please send your submissions to Emily Gardner and indicate in the body of the email your name and affiliation.

Submission documents should be prepared for anonymous review and attached as a Word document to the email. The anonymized document should contain:  

  • the title of the presentation 
  • the abstract (1000 words max), which outlines the main argument or the main empirical contribution within the field of metacognition   
  • whether you have a preference for a talk or a poster presentation   

Important dates 

  • Deadline for submissions: March 6, 2020  
  • Notification of acceptance: March 20, 2020  
  • Conference dates: May 12-13, 2020 


Details of how to register for the conference will be published at a later date. Registration will be free for those presenting. A small number of those selected to present may be offered travel and accommodation expenses. 

For enquires about the conference please get in touch with Joulia Smortchkova  

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No. 681422. For further information about the ‘Metacognition of Concepts’ project, see the project’s  website:  


Call for Applications – Institute of Philosophy Visiting Fellowships 

The Institute of Philosophy is extending a call for International and UK based candidates to apply for Visiting Fellowships for up to 6 months (dependant on the fellowship route applied for).

Currently the Institute runs two types of fellowship –

  • Collaborative Fellowships are open to applicants from non-UK institutions. These fellowships have a defined application window are awarded with a stipend to cover accommodation and travel costs for a maximum of 3 months.  The next round of Collaborative Fellowships applications will be in Summer 2018.
  • Non-stipendiary Fellowships are open to applicants from the UK or overseas. These fellowships can be applied for all year round, usually for a maximum period of 6 months.

Collaborative Fellowships

The Collaborative Visiting Fellowship scheme for 2018-19 will be open to applicants who hold an academic position in a non-UK institution for the purpose of supporting philosophical research in the UK. Collaborative visiting positions come with a stipend of £1500/month, for up to 3 months, reimbursable against travel and accommodation costs during the course of the fellowship. While a fellow in the IP applicants would be expected to contribute to the intellectual environment of the Institute and work in collaboration with philosophers based in London or the UK.

Non-stipendiary Fellowships

Non-stipendiary Fellows are visitors to the Institute from the UK or overseas who spend a significant period of time at the Institute (usually between 3 and 6 months) on their own research. It is also possible for visitors to come for shorter periods, or ask for an extension after 6 months (after review). Visiting Fellows are provided with office space, access to computing and printing facilities and library access. Fellows are expected to make a contribution to the Institute's programme of events during their stay. Fellows are usually members of other academic departments or postdoctoral researchers. Doctoral students interested in working in close collaboration with one of the Centres based at the IP can also apply.

Application procedure for Visiting Fellowships

Applications should consist of:
(i) a cover letter, which outlines the proposed duration and timing of your stay and a plan for collaborative activities that justifies holding the fellowship at the IP (e.g. giving talks across the UK; organising workshops / conferences with the IP and other UK departments; supervising postgraduate students; contributing to impact activities; participating in an existing research project based in the UK; preparing an application involving UK-philosophy departments).
(ii) a short curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages).
(iii) names, positions, organisations and email addresses for two referees, preferentially one UK-based.

Applications should be sent via email to using the subject line ‘Collaborative/Non-Stipendiary Fellowship application – [NAME]’

Applicants can apply for both collaborative and the non-stipendiary fellowships within the same application. Please indicate which schemes are applying for in your cover letter.

Applications for the Collaborative Fellowships will be assessed by the IP Directorate. The next round will be in summer 2018.

Non-stipendiary applications can be submitted any time, allowing at least two months before the start date of the intended visit.