Graduate Teaching Scholarship

The Graduate Teaching Scholarship (GTS) supports students taking a postgraduate research degree in the Department, and provides teaching experience that will help them pursue an academic career.

  • Funding: Annual teaching income of ~£9,000, plus a fee waiver at the home rate (currently £4,650)
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Open to: Students from the UK (home) and overseas (including EU)
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
Applications for 2022/23 are open until Thursday 30 June 2022, 11.59pm BST

Alongside their research, the GTS holder will teach and examine in the first-year undergraduate programme under the supervision of experienced academics, gaining useful and relevant experience for an academic career while also financially supporting their studies.

There might be additional opportunities:

  • to gain experience in marking summative work at second-year undergraduate level
  • for advanced postgraduates to undertake further teaching in their research area.

Training in seminar and tutorial work is provided by the University, and practical support and mentoring is given by the Department – this includes an annual ‘away day’ at the start of the Autumn term for all its teaching assistants, which offers an opportunity to reflect on best practice and develop teaching and supervisory skills.

Job description

The scholarship holder is expected to maintain satisfactory progress on their research while undertaking the following duties:

  • The GTS holder will teach on average four to six hours of seminars per week during term-time. This teaching will normally be delivered to first-year undergraduates.
  • The GTS holder will be expected to teach on several first-year modules. The current list of first-year modules includes: Early Modern Philosophy, Ethics, Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy, Reason and Argument (elementary logic and some philosophy of language), and Knowledge and Perception.
  • The GTS holder will record student attendance and report unexcused absences to the student’s supervisor and the Director of the First Year Programme, in accordance with the Department's policy.
  • The GTS holder will keep an office hour during term-time to meet with students.
  • The GTS holder will respond to email and other queries from students or staff in an appropriate and timely fashion.
  • The GTS holder will provide appropriate and timely feedback on work produced by students in his or her seminar and tutorial groups, in writing and in one-to-one tutorials.
  • The GTS holder will mark the work produced by students in his or her groups in line with the Department's marking criteria by the specified deadlines, and assist in moderating marks.
  • The GTS holder will be expected to assist in the marking of Beginning Philosophy essays during the Easter break.
  • The GTS holder will attend confidential meetings to discuss and monitor the academic progress of individual students.
  • The GTS holder will be expected to attend training and other meetings as reasonably required by the University and the Department.

Open to students from the UK (home) and overseas (including EU).

The Department of Philosophy at the University of York will consider awarding up to two Graduate Teaching Scholarships (GTS) to exceptional candidates, supporting students taking a postgraduate research degree in the Department, and providing teaching experience for students intending to pursue an academic career. 

This scholarship is to support a full-time research student at York. Any potential candidate who has not already applied to the Department’s research postgraduate programmes must do so separately before the closing date for the scholarship. Members of the Department have an unusually wide range of research interests.

To be considered for interview, applicants should have received an offer prior to the application closing date.

The holder of this scholarship must be enrolled for a research degree in the Department of Philosophy.

The Department especially welcomes applications from suitably qualified members of under-represented groups.

Person specification


  • Enrolled full time for a research degree in the Department of Philosophy at York
  • Masters or Bachelors degree with a substantial Philosophy element
  • Able to lead a seminar group effectively, and give clear explanations of difficult material
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Able to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Able to follow instructions from module leaders, and to stick to a module plan
  • Able to work well in a team, treating other academic and support staff in open and respectful ways
  • Reliable, with good time-keeping
  • Knowledge of at least three areas covered by first-year modules, and the willingness to develop knowledge of unfamiliar areas of philosophy
  • Committed to teaching philosophy, and with the potential to succeed in an academic career


  • Previous experience of teaching
  • Previous experience of assessment
  • Knowledge of the areas covered by more than three first-year modules
  • Research expertise in one or more areas covered by first-year modules
How to apply

Application deadline: Thursday 30 June 2022, 11.59pm BST

You should email to indicate how you meet the person specification above, enclosing a CV detailing your education and relevant experience, to Dr Janet Eldred (PG Researcher Administrator) at, to arrive no later than midnight (UK time) on Thursday 30 June 2022. Please include ‘Graduate Teaching Scholarship’ in the subject heading of your email. Please ask two referees to write directly to Dr Janet Eldred as above before this date.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified of an interview date as soon as possible after the deadline; we expect to interview in mid-July (subject to confirmation). Shortlisted candidates invited to interview will be asked to give a short teaching presentation, in which they should explain a philosophical idea or a passage from a philosophical text, which will be sent to them in advance. More details of this element of the interview will be sent to those shortlisted when they are notified of the date of their interview. 

Terms and conditions

The successful candidate(s) will receive a guaranteed teaching income of at least £9,000 for the teaching year (details to be confirmed) to support their studies at York, and a fee waiver at the Home rate, currently worth £4,650 per annum. The candidate’s Continuation Fee going into their writing up period will also be paid by the Department (current value £390).

The scholarships will start at the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year and, subject to satisfactory performance as a teaching assistant and satisfactory academic progress, last for up to three years (but not beyond the thesis submission date, or at most the end of the September immediately following submission of a PhD thesis).

The successful candidate will be required to complete training in seminar teaching and marking (delivered by York’s Researcher Development Team) at the earliest opportunity, and to participate in the training offered within the Department (this will include an away day in York in late September).

Contact details

PG Researcher Administrator

Dr Janet Eldred