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Four-year PhD Scholarship on Foundations of Animal Sentience

Four-year PhD Scholarship on Foundations of Animal Sentience

The Foundations of Animal Sentience project (ASENT), a five-year ERC-funded project led by Dr Jonathan Birch, aims to study the methodological foundations of animal sentience research and the link between sentience and animal welfare. The project seeks to recruit one PhD student. The student will contribute to the project either by exploring the methodological foundations of animal sentience research, or by investigating the pathway from animal sentience research to consequences for animal welfare legislation, policy and/or animal ethics.

The student should have an excellent undergraduate degree and have completed a master’s degree in philosophy or another relevant subject such as comparative psychology, cognitive science, or animal welfare science. The primary supervisor of the PhD project will be Dr Jonathan Birch. If you have any questions, please contact him at [email protected].

The successful applicant will receive full funding for a 4-year PhD at LSE, including full payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend of £18,000 per annum.

How to apply

Please apply for the MPhil/PhD in Philosophy at LSE. Details on how to apply can be found on our website. When you apply, please indicate clearly in your application (both your statement of academic purpose and research proposal) that you wish to be considered for the ASENT Scholarship.

In your research proposal you should include a substantial description (at least 1,500 words) of a research project relevant to ASENT. You may wish to include two research proposals in the same document: a proposal relevant to ASENT and a proposal on a different subject that you would pursue if awarded an LSE Studentship or a LAHP Scholarship. If you do this, please indicate clearly which of the two proposals is relevant to ASENT.

CLOSING DATE: 24 JANUARY 2020.
It is expected that interviews will be conducted in late January or in February.

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