The next Call for applications for the British Society for Aesthetics postdoctoral award is expected to be announced in 2021.  The 2020 Call is provided below, for information only.

The BSA invites appliocations for its postdoctoral award in philosophical aesthetics to the value of £21,000, to start in Autumn term in 2020. The fellowship is tenable for up to one year at any British philosophy department.

Applicants should:
– be a member of the Society at the time of application
– already hold a PhD (awarded no earlier than 1 January 2016); or should have passed their viva by the start of the award

‘Anonymized’ below means that name and other gender-markers should be removed or blanked out.

Candidates should submit a non-anonymized email to, by the 31st March 2020, with the following attachments:

a) an anonymized CV, including details of three referees;
b) anonymized degree transcripts, undergraduate and postgraduate;
c) an anonymized research proposal in philosophical aesthetics, including specified outputs, and research schedule over the year;
d) an anonymized article length writing sample (which might be a chapter);
e) an anonymized covering letter explaining how the research to be undertaken complements research carried out in the host department, and/ or institution;
f) a letter of support from a proposed mentor at the host department, confirming that the department will assign the applicant an office or other space in the department, and will extend library privileges, technology, support, and opportunities to participate fully in departmental life.

· The research proposal should cover work in aesthetics or philosophy of art, broadly construed.
· The award normally may not be deferred.
· The award is paid directly to the recipient to cover their living expenses during the research period.
· If the recipient teaches alongside the award, they should teach no more than three contact hours per week.
· The recipient is advised that, depending on circumstance, there may be personal tax implications to receiving the post-doctoral award, and it is their own responsibility to ascertain these, not the Society’s.
· The applicant will be expected to provide a short report on their activities (e.g. publications, talks, any work secured for year after) for the Society’s AGM after the end of the award period.

Current awardee:

We are delighted to announce that Kris Goffin has been awarded the second British Society of Aesthetics Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2020-2021, for his project ‘The Rationality of Emotion & Fiction’.  Kris will be mentored by Stacie Friend at Birkbeck, University of London. Congratulations to Kris!

Previous awardee:

Kathrine Cuccuru was awarded the inaugural British Society of Aesthetics Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2019-2020, for her project ‘The Problem with the History of Aesthetics, Before Aesthetics’. Kathrine is mentored by Michael Morris at the University of Sussex.