Peter Coffey Philosophy Research Scholarship: Deadline extended to 29 May 2020


Posted 15th May

The Peter Coffey Research Scholarship is a major scholarship for talented candidates in philosophy and offers a pathway, not only to a Doctorate in Philosophy, but positions the successful candidate for an international academic career. The Faculty of Philosophy in the Pontifical University is the only Philosophy faculty in Ireland offering research and study in the perennial philosophical traditions, with a specific emphasis on the Christian sapiential tradition. We offer a faculty of internationally recognised scholars, a unique location, extensive facilities, and the beauty of the Irish countryside for the potential doctoral candidate to pursue research within a vibrant intellectual community.

Maynooth’s Faculty of Philosophy can provide expert research supervision in all major areas of philosophy, including the following:

- History of philosophy: ancient, medieval, and modern.

- Philosophical Theology

- Metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic.

- Contemporary Continental philosophy of Religion

- Twentieth Century Catholic Philosophy

- Political Theology

- The thought of major thinkers in the Western monotheistic tradition, e.g. St Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, Erich Przywara, Bernard Lonergan.

Applications are invited from suitable candidates to complete a Doctorate in one of the above areas, beginning in September 2020. ONE scholarship is offered over a 4-year period and includes: (i) tuition fees, (ii) a research allowance, and (iii) on-campus residence plan (accommodation and meals, which may be awarded as a personal stipend in the order of €10,000 per annum).

.In preparing an application, candidates must follow the published application guidelines ensuring that they:

(i) check the entry requirements for Doctoral programmes of the Pontifical University

(ii) submit a 1,500–2,000 word research proposal


(iii) verify that the proposal fits with the research interests of the Faculty of Philosophy at St Patrick’s College Maynooth.

The application form can be accessed here:Coffey Application Form 2020

A copy of the poster can be accessed here: Peter Coffey Scholarship

Initial informal enquiries may be addressed to the Admissions Officer who will forward them to the appropriate member of Faculty. Applications for the Peter Coffey Research Scholarship will be accepted until Friday 29th May 2020 at 4pm GMT

Coffey was educated at the Meath Diocesan Seminary in Navan, and St Patrick's College, Maynooth (Maynooth College). He was ordained in 1900.

He was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Maynooth College from 1902 until his death. In his time, Coffey was considered one of the foremost Catholic intellectuals in Ireland.



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