Scholarships and Grants
- The William L. McBride Graduate Student International Travel Grant
- The Eric L. Clitheroe Scholarship in Philosophy
- The William L. Rowe Scholarship in Philosophy
- Graduate School Summer Research Grants
The McBride Family created this fund in 2005. Angela McBride is Distinguished Professor Emerita of the School of Nursing, Indiana University. Bill McBride is the Arthur G. Hansen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University.
The fund’s purpose is to support one or two Philosophy graduate students each year with a stipend for international travel to conferences or study abroad programs. Students in the Department of Philosophy’s graduate program, including graduate students in interdisciplinary programs with their home department in Philosophy, are eligible to apply.
Selection Procedure: Applications should be submitted to the Department Head, Matthias Steup.
Application Deadline: December 7, 2012
The maximum award is $1200 which can be used to cover airfare, hotel expenses, and conference fees. Students may apply to receive support for international travel, except to Canada and Mexico, completed between September 1 of the current year and September 1 of the following year. The Department’s Grants and Awards Committee Applications will review the applications and select recipients on the basis of merit.
This merit scholarship was created in 1987 in honor of Prof. Eric L. Clitehroe, who was a member of Purdue’s Philosophy Department from 1951 to 1973. Each year, it awards at least $500 to an outstanding undergraduate philosophy major. Friends and former student’s of Prof. Clitheroe’s established the initial endowment for this scholarship.
Selection Procedure: Early in the spring semester, the Director of Undergraduate Studies invites non-graduating majors to apply for this scholarship for the coming academic year. Applications are reviewed by the Department’s Grants and Award’s Committee, which will award the scholarship on the basis of the quality of a submitted philosophy paper, the student’s academic record and standing, and the philosophical promise of the candidate.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2012
Each spring there is also a separate Clitheroe Prize awarded for an essay in Philosophy, which is administered by the Department of English and the Literary Awards Competition.
This merit scholarship was established in honor of Prof. Emeritus William L. Rowe, who taught at Purdue from 1962 to 2005.
The Rowe Scholarship provides an annual stipend of $750 to outstanding sophomore philosophy major at Purdue. After the first year, the scholarship is renewable for two additional years if the recipient continues to meet the eligibility criteria. For details about eligibility, which includes a GPA of at least 3.0, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Selection Procedure: Each February, the Director of Undergraduate Studies invites the faculty members of the Philosophy Department to nominate eligible freshman philosophy majors. The Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Department Head will jointly select the recipient, using merit as the primary criterion.
Each year, Purdue's Graduate School offers a small number of summer research grants to graduate students in Philosophy. The number of these grants varies from year to year.
Selection Procedure: All graduate students are automatically considered, but priority is normally given to students who have begun working on their dissertations and are in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of study. Selection criteria include (i) merit and (ii) departmental teaching needs in the summer. The recipients are selected by the Department Head, acting upon the advice of the Graduate Committee and the Director of Graduate Recruitment, Admission and Funding.