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Visiting Fellowships, The Bednarowski Trust, Aberdeen, UK

The Visiting Fellowships aim to enable Polish philosophers to visit the Department of Philosophy in the University of Aberdeen, or another Scottish university (mid-September 2022 – mid-June 2023).

Visiting Fellowships in Philosophy, Aberdeen

Visiting Fellowships in Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen or another Scottish university

The W. Bednarowski Trust proposes to offer again, after a two year gap because of the pandemic, in 2022-23 three or more Visiting Fellowships, to enable philosophers in the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, or other Polish universities, to visit the Department of Philosophy in the University of Aberdeen, or another Scottish university, during the academic year or possibly a combination of a visit to two places (mid-September 2022 – mid-June 2023). The visit will normally be for six weeks, but this may be varied by arrangement (see further below). The purpose of the scheme is to enable Polish philosophers to learn more about Philosophy in the English-speaking world, and to make contact with colleagues in the Department(s) which they visit. It would be desirable if there were a possibility of collaborative work being pursued subsequently.

Further details of the Trust and the scheme of Visiting Fellowships are given in the accompanying leaflet (and also on the Trust’s website: Please note the possibility of a visit to a Scottish university other than Aberdeen; arrangements regarding such a visit are covered in section 2 below. Please also note that whilst priority is given to applicants who are philosophers, applications from academics in related subjects may also be considered.
    Applications are now invited from suitable persons.

    1. Visits to Aberdeen
The successful applicants will receive support (£300) towards their travel to and from Aberdeen and a stipend of £130 per week to cover the costs of meals and other necessities. The cost of accommodation is also covered by the Trust either by the Trust arranging with the University Accommodation Office a self-catering room in a flat (or occasionally a self-contained flat) on or near the University campus*, OR, if the Fellow would prefer to make his or her own arrangements, supporting such an arrangement with up to £120 per week (covering whichever amount is lower). The latter arrangement maybe more attractive particularly for Fellows who wish to have a partner join them for part of the time (as the University is unlikely to have available such short-term accommodation for two people) but it must be stressed that it is up to the Fellow to make all the arrangements. Fellows will have access to the Internet will be able to use the University Library. A sum of up to £150 may be made available for a visit during their stay to another institution in Britain or for attending a conference while at Aberdeen or en route to or from Aberdeen. Applicants should be full-time members of a Department or Institute of Philosophy in a Polish University. They should ensure that, if awarded a Fellowship, they will be free to take it up during the Session 2022-23. If applicants have a preferred time to visit, it would be helpful if they could indicate this. Potential applicants unable to apply for 2022-23 because of other commitments are welcome to indicate an interest now in applying for 2023-2024, though they would need to apply formally a year later.

    An application should include:

A curriculum vitae and details of research interests;
the name of an academic who can send to the secretary a confidential reference (who should be asked by the candidate to send this); and an indication of the planned use to be made of the visit (details of some project the applicant has which will be assisted by the visit would be helpful), and possibilities the applicant sees of productive contact with one or more of the staff of the Aberdeen Philosophy Department (or possibly cognate departments). (For details of staff and their research interests, including some retired staff still in Aberdeen, see a separate sheet, or the Department’s web-page:

An application to visit for a period longer than six weeks may be considered, if there is good reason why a longer period would be desirable. An application for a shorter time may be considered if a six-week period poses a difficulty for an applicant or the particular project makes a shorter visit appropriate, though the Trust believes that in general a visit of at least six weeks is more likely to be fruitful.

In making awards, the Selection Committee will want to be assured that visitors will be scholars of good standing, with interests in areas which will ensure that their visits will be beneficial to Aberdeen University as well as to themselves. Preference will be given to visitors who share interests with some Aberdeen member or members.

2. Visits to other Scottish universities

The purpose of such a visit will be broadly similar to a visit to Aberdeen, as described above. An application for a visit will need to be supported by one or more appropriate member(s) of staff at the university in question; and the Trust will expect the department in question to be ready to arrange or help with arranging accommodation (for which the Trust will provide funds at a reasonable rate), and suitable study arrangements for the visitor. An applicant for such a visit should ensure that a letter of support for the proposed visit is sent to the Trust (address as below) from the proposed host institution, setting out the value that the visit is expected to have, and agreeing to arrange for the visitor’s accommodation and academic needs. Otherwise what is required for the submission of the application is the same as above, including the need for an academic reference other than from the host institution.

Applications from staff at the Jagiellonian University should be submitted through Professor Justyna Miklaszewska, Institute of Philosophy in the Jagiellonian University, by Friday 15 April 2022, or directly by post or by email to the Trust Secretary at the address below, by Friday 22 April 2022. All other applications should be submitted by post or by email to the Trust Secretary at the address below by Friday 22 April 2022.

Further information about the Trust or the Fellowships may be obtained from Professor Miklaszewska, or the Trust’s Secretary, or on the Trust’s website, at:
Dr Nigel Dower, Secretary to the Trust, Department of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen,
King’s College, Old Aberdeen AB243DS Scotland, UK (email:

March 2022

(Websites of the other Scottish university Philosophy Departments:
 Dundee:    St Andrews:
 Edinburgh:             Stirling: 

    Visiting Fellowships in Philosophy at Aberdeen or another Scottish University

The Bednarowski Trust is again offering three Visiting Fellowships to enable philosophers in Polish universities to visit the Department of Philosophy in the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, or another Scottish University, during the academic year 2022-23. Visits will normally be for a minimum of six weeks, though it may be possible to vary this by arrangement.

The scheme aims to enable Polish philosophers to learn more about Philosophy in the English-speaking world, and to make contact with philosophers in Aberdeen or other Scottish universities.

Successful applicants will receive support towards their travel, and accommodation and a small stipend during their stay in Scotland. Study space and access to computer and library facilities will be provided.

Further details about the scheme should be obtained before applying, either from Professor Justyna Miklaszewska, Institute of Philosophy in the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, from the Trust’s website (see below), or from the Trust’s Secretary (see below).

Closing date for applications. If submitted through Professor Miklaszewska: 15 April 2022; if submitted directly to the Trust’s Secretary (by post or email): 22 April 2022.
                Dr Nigel Dower, Secretary to the Trust
                Department of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen,
                King’s College, Old Aberdeen AB243DS, Scotland, UK
The Trust’s website may be found at:

The Bednarowski Trust [PDF]
Philosophical Research at University of Aberdeen [PDF]