This competitive Scholarships at University of Aberdeen is open to applicants from around the globe, providing a full tuition fee waiver and a maintenance stipend of £6,000 per year. Subject to satisfactory progress this scholarship will be awarded for 3 years. The successful applicant shall commence study in September 2022.
The project will use the latest tools of social epistemology and virtue epistemology in order to put the understanding of online inquiry and information sharing on an entirely new footing, to better understand the sources of online epistemic risk, and to better train ourselves to navigate them skilfully. One limitation to previous epistemological approaches to the online infodemic is that they have placed the theoretical focus on brainbound cognition, in isolation from the technologies in which we are deeply and inextricably scaffolded. This kind of focus is unsurprising, given that traditional epistemology has only in the past decade or so begun to theorise about knowledge and intellectual virtues in a way that appreciates how good thinking is not clearly separable in many cases from good cognitive scaffolding, that is, from good and responsible ways of relying on our environments and on technology to further our intellectual goals. The project develops a new and innovative framework for theorizing about digital epistemic virtues, and vices – traits of thinkers that can enable them to better navigate information online, better assess online epistemic risk, and more efficiently convert digital information into digital knowledge. In addition to academic outputs, the project has a practical objective, which is to work with educationalists and policy makers in order to propose new and innovative ways we can educate for digital virtues, and in this way, to put our theory into practice.
Eligibility criteria for the International Philosophy Scholarships at University of Aberdeen
- Applicants must hold, or expect to hold prior to commencement of studies, an undergraduate degree at UK first-class or 2:1 honours level, or the international equivalent, in philosophy, which includes courses in epistemology.
- Applicants must be of outstanding academic merit and potential for independent research, as evidenced by the candidate’s academic record, prior qualifications, proposal and references.
- Applicants need to meet specific English language requirements to be able to study at the university.
Eligible Countries: International
Value of Awards: £6,000 per year
Number of Awards: Not Mentioned
You must include a detailed research proposal (1000-1500 words) which sets out how you will engage with the advertised PhD project, degree transcripts and certificates, and be supported by two academic references. Further guidance on research proposal may be found here.
You should mark your application “Digital Knowledge-A New Framework for Digital Epistemic Virtues A New Framework for Digital Epistemic Virtues” in the Intended Source of Funding field on your online application.
Application Deadline: 30th of June 2022.