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Faculty members share the responsibility to advance the Vision and Mission of the Rotman Institute. Appointment is for a three year, renewable period.

Prospective members may nominate themselves or be nominated by existing members. Nominations will be considered by the Director and Steering Committee, on the basis of scholarly excellence, or comparable achievements in relevant areas, and evidence of commitment to the Rotman Institute’s vision and mission.

View the Rotman Institute Faculty Membership Policy.


The Rotman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship provides new scholars, an opportunity to pursue their work in a research intensive environment among colleagues with various philosophical interests in the sciences.

The purpose of Rotman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships is to provide an opportunity for new scholars interested in the engagement of Philosophy with the sciences to pursue important projects in a research intensive environment. The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is situated in one of Canada’s leading departments of philosophy, and it brings together philosophers and scientists to work on problems of global significance. Rotman faculty include two Canada Research Chair holders, and ongoing research focuses on a variety of aspects of contemporary biology, ethics, medical science, physics, and neuroscience.

Postdoctoral Fellows at the Rotman Institute have gone on to great things. Rachael Brown (Postdoc in the Institute 2013-2014) won the Sir Karl Popper Prize for 2014, for the best paper appearing in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Kerry McKenzie (2013-14) was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at UC San Diego after her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Rotman Institute. Trevor Pearce (2011-12) has also become an Assistant Professor, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


The Rotman Institute will train the next generation of scholars to engage complex problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, informed by rigorous philosophical thought. Graduate students are involved centrally in the work of the Rotman Institute and contribute to its vitality in a variety of ways.

Graduate Student Members are expected to participate in interdisciplinary research projects, bridging philosophy and the sciences, that advance the Institute’s Vision and Mission, and to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute.

View the Rotman Institute Student Membership Policy.


Applications are welcome from scholars holding doctoral degrees who are pursuing research projects that engage contemporary science from the perspectives of ethics, epistemology, history or policy.

Visiting Fellows have no formal duties beyond an active participation in the intellectual life of the Rotman Institute. They are encouraged to participate in the many reading groups, seminars, talks, workshops and other ongoing projects at the Rotman Institute, and to give talks introducing their own research projects to the Institute.  They are invited as well to take advantage of the broader activities of the Department of Philosophy including colloquia, conferences, and graduate seminars (with instructor permission). Western University’s Department of Philosophy is one of the most distinguished in Canada.

Each Visiting Fellow is provided with an office in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy equipped with a desktop computer; modest office and IT support; and full access to the library facilities and services of Western University. Visiting Fellows must reside in London, Ontario for the duration of their term, and they receive a supplementary stipend of $1,300 per month to help defray the cost of relocation. Note that purchase of the University Health Insurance Plan is mandatory, and depending on family size, can range close to $1000.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications will continue to be reviewed throughout the year, within space and funding constraints. Interested applicants are encouraged to inquire about possible openings at any time of year.

Applications should include:

1.    Cover letter
2.    Curriculum Vitae
3.    Description of research to be undertaken during Fellowship
4.    Sample of written work (electronic file, hard copy, or website URL)
5.    For Junior Applicants: list of 2-3 referees familiar with your work

Applications may be submitted by email or in hard copy to:

Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Stevenson Hall 2150E
Western University
London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 5B8


The Institute awards four Rotman Institute of Philosophy Doctoral Entrance Scholarships each academic year valued at up to $10,000 each. This is above and beyond the usual funding packages offered to graduate students in the Department of Philosophy at Western.

Western’s philosophy program is internationally ranked, both as an overall department and within a number of specialties, not least philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.

Prospective students interested in joining the department, and who have an interest in philosophy of science — construed broadly to include the history, ethics or epistemology of science — may wish to think about the benefits of becoming a member of the Rotman Institute. Each year the Institute accepts new members and desk space in the innovative ‘Lab’ space opens up annually. It is typically after their second year as doctoral students, when research interests are beginning to solidify, that students are eligible to become resident members of the Institute.

All applicants to the Doctoral Program in the Department of Philosophy at Western University with a stated research interest in philosophy and science (including epistemology, ethics or history of science) are eligible for the $10,000 Rotman Doctoral Entrance Scholarship. A separate application for the award is not required. Students who are awarded the scholarships become student members of the Rotman Institute.

Information for prospective students to the Department of Philosophy’s doctoral program may be found here.

Undergraduates interested in studying at Western University can learn more here.