Mind Research Fellowships (6 months)

Mind Association Fellowships 2014–15

The Mind Association is pleased to invite applications for up to two Mind Research Fellowships to cover research leave for six months in the academic year 2014–15.

The Fellowship: The 6-month fellowships are intended for academics in post, part-time or full-time, in a UK institution of higher education who are engaged in research in any area of Philosophy. The Fellowships may be used to fund research leave for projects at any stage of completion, including initial stages of research. The grants will be paid to the universities at which the scholars are employed, and each grant will exactly cover the cost of a six-month lectureship at the lowest spinal point of the Lecturer A scale or equivalent as specified by the rules of the institution, plus on costs (National Insurance, pension, and London Allowance where appropriate). Or, in the case of a part-time award, the grant will be proportional.

One of the aims of the fellowships scheme is to support academics who are substantially burdened with teaching or administrative duties. In the event that two fellowships may be awarded, for one of them (if suitable candidates present themselves) priority will be given to applicants who are in a non-permanent post, or for whom no more than seven years (excluding career breaks) have elapsed since their first appointment to a permanent or tenure-track post.

Conditions: Award of a Fellowship is conditional on the university’s agreeing, by way of a letter from the Head of Department, Dean, or other appropriate officer, that the funds will be wholly used to release the scholar from all administrative and teaching duties (with the optional exception of supervising doctoral students) by making a replacement appointment equivalent to a six month junior lectureship. Please note that since the Association intends the replacement teaching post to represent a new employment opportunity, academics whose time would be freed up for the post by taking unpaid leave from another job are not normally eligible.

It is also a condition that the research fellowship should supplement, not substitute for, any institutional leave for which successful candidates are eligible.

Reports To be sent as soft copy to the Association’s Director, Prof Miranda Fricker, at MindAssoc@gmail.com no more than three months after the term of the fellowship:

1. From the Head, Dean, or other appropriate officer to confirm how the money was spent, and giving the name of the lecturer appointed;

2. From the fellow to summarize the research done during the fellowship.

Applications: To be sent as soft copy by email to the Director at MindAssoc@gmail.com

The deadline for applications is 24th January 2014. Results will be available on 14th March 2014.

Applications should consist of:

  • a CV, including the names of two referees (not more than one of which may be from the applicant’s home institution);
  • a research proposal of not more than 1200 words;
  • details (covering the last five years) of administrative and teaching duties, research leaves, and any non-academic commitments curtailing research time, such as career breaks, maternity or paternity leave, prolonged ill-health, or caring for a sick relative
  • a statement of the applicant’s entitlement to research leave under his or her institution’s current policy;
  • a statement of what institutional leave, if any, the applicant expects to have during the current academic year and the next academic year;
  • a statement of other sources of financial support for which the applicant intends to apply and which would cover terms/semesters consecutive with the period of research that would be covered by the Mind Fellowship (a Mind Fellowship cannot be held consecutively with an AHRC Fellowship or other funded fellowship);
  • a letter from the applicant’s Head of Department, Dean, or other appropriate university officer, stating that the funds will be used only to fund a replacement appointment, with the fellow being wholly released from all teaching and administrative duties for the duration of the fellowship (with the optional exception of continuing to supervise no more than their normal number of doctoral students)

Referees: Applicants should arrange for two referees to send soft copy of their letters (as a saved attachment in Word please) to the Director, Prof Miranda Fricker at MindAssoc@gmail.com by 24th January 2014. It would help us administratively if the email Subject could read: ‘Reference for NAME’.

Applicants should ask referees to include some comment, where possible, on their administrative load as well as on their research proposal. Both referees should be asked to provide a detailed academic assessment of the research proposal and to grade the proposal according to the following scheme:

A+       an application of the highest quality

A         an application of high quality

A-        a good application

B          a good application, but where there are significant reservations about its feasibility

R          an application where there are major reservations about its worth or feasibility

The Executive regrets it is not possible to offer feedback to applicants.