This innovative scholarship programme provides an opportunity for postgraduate research students to undertake a package of training and career development, including teaching or research assistance, and to join a research network concentrated in a particular field of study.


The Network Epistemic Values, Virtues and Vices aims to explore the nature of and relations holding between epistemic values, epistemic virtues and epistemic vices. Since this topic is currently at the centre of the investigation of several philosophical disciplines (e.g. general epistemology, social epistemology, epistemology of education, ethics, feminism and gender issues), the projects of the Network will prove attractive to applicants with different backgrounds and interests.

By ‘epistemic values’ we refer to intellectual goods like knowledge, rationality and truth. By ‘epistemic virtues and vices’ we refer to traits or dispositions of a subject such as (virtues) curiosity, objectivity, intellectual honesty, and (vices) dogmatism, intellectual dishonesty, gullibility. Epistemic virtues and vices facilitate or, respectively, hamper the subject’s achievement of epistemic goods and values.

PhD Project: Varieties of Epistemic Injustice

Supervisors: Dr Luca Moretti, Dr Federico Luzzi

The notion of epistemic injustice — the injustice done to someone in their capacity as a knower — has attracted increasing attention since it was influentially discussed by Miranda Fricker in ‘Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing’.

Possible theses written under this project will aim to reach some of the following goals:

  • Explore the possible applications of testimonial and hermeneutical injustice, as described by Fricker, to novel domains;
  • Motivate more nuanced understandings of either or both of these two notions;
  • Examine the extension of testimonial injustice to other epistemic sources;
  • Investigate the notions of prejudice and marginalization which epistemic injustice fundamentally relies on


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. Selection will be based on this evidence and upon the strength of the proposed engagement with the advertised research project.

Applicants must be classified as Overseas students for fees purposes as set by the 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. It is preferable but not a requirement that you hold a Masters relevant to your chosen area of study. Other factors such as financial status and nationality are not taken into account.

Application Procedure

Application will be via the PhD application portal. Further information on the process may be found at this site.

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 “DHP James Beattie Scholarship” in the Intended Source of Funding.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2020. Successful applicants will be notified in late September 2020.


15th of September 2020

Further Info

Before your apply, contact a member of the supervisory team. This is an opportunity to discuss your potential fit with the project, how your own research interests will benefit the project, and how you intend to frame your research proposal.