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Fully Funded PhD Positions - Analytic Value Theory

Applications are invited for 2 fully funded PhD studentships in the area of analytic value theory in the Department of Philosophy commencing in September 2019.

Grattan Scholarship

Funded through Trinity’s prestigious Grattan Scholars programme, the studentship includes EU fees, travel funds and a stipend of €20,000 a year for four years.

The candidate is expected to develop an original research project in analytic value theory, preferably moral philosophy.

The Grattan Scholars programme, in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, supports exceptional PhD students who have the potential to become future academic leaders. Scholars are chosen not only for their academic achievements, but also for their commitment to teaching and ambition to understand and improve society through their research and education.  Grattan Scholars also play a vital role in delivering high-quality and engaging teaching enriching the learning experience of our undergraduate students.

The Grattan Scholars programme, which honours the Irish statesman Henry Grattan a celebrated graduate of Trinity College, has been established with the generous support of Trinity's alumni and friends.

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ERC-funded Project REAL-Rights and Egalitarianism

The second studentship will be funded through the ERC-funded project REAL-Rights and Egalitarianism and it also includes EU fees and a stipend of €20,000 a year as well as generous travel funds.

The candidate is expected to develop an original research project focusing either on egalitarian theories of justice or rights, or adjacent areas after consultation with the project leader. 

REAL is a 5-year project funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant and led by Dr Adina Preda (Philosophy). The project examines and challenges the rift between rights and egalitarian theories of justice, especially telic egalitarian theories. These two areas or concerns are perceived as incompatible with each other in certain ways; the aim of this project is to demonstrate that this is a misconception. The project adopts an analytical approach that blends arguments from legal and political philosophy, normative ethics and axiology in order to provide a novel framework that integrates these two approaches. In particular, the project ultimately aims to offer a deontic (luck) egalitarian account of justice with global reach that can translate into rights.

The team will include the PI (Adina Preda), two postdoctoral researchers, a PhD student and an occasional research assistant.

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How to Apply

The Department welcomes applications from all highly qualified applicants. All applicants must formally apply to the PhD in Philosophy programme through the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Apply to this programme

Applicants for both positions must submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts of all academic results to date
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • Two academic references
  • Typed research proposal (of approximately 1,500 words)
  • A writing sample of chapter length

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present evidence of English language competency.


The deadline for applications is Friday July 26, 2019.

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