Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Philosophy offers several awards to graduate and undergraduate students. Some of these awards are granted (annually or nearly annually) by the full-time philosophy faculty to philosophy majors or graduate students based on academic achievement

Undergraduate Scholarships

Laurence Lampert Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes an outstanding Philosophy major. This scholarship honors the extraordinary career of distinguished scholar and professor of philosophy Dr. Laurence Lampert, upon the occasion of his retirement.

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John Riteris Memorial Scholarship

This award recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate a high level of excellence in the study of philosophy. It honors Professor John Riteris, a Philosophy faculty member during the 1970s.

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Academic Achievement Award

The faculty of the Department of Philosophy grant this award to recognize the outstanding undergraduate philosophy major in the graduating class.

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Terry Helene Mills Award

This scholarship is to support outstanding undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in philosophy at the IU School of Liberal Arts. Terry Helene Mills was an extraordinary human being whose life was devoted to supporting others. She served the School of Liberal Arts and the philosophy department for many years as the department’s administrative assistant.

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Sophia Prize in Philosophy

This scholarship is to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in philosophy at the IU School of Liberal Arts.

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If you have any questions, click here for more information about these awards and application forms for the Brand Fellowship and Burke/Tilley grants.

Graduate Scholarships

Sophia Prize in Philosophy

This scholarship is to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in philosophy at the IU School of Liberal Arts.

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Jean Martin Maxwell Prize

This prize is awarded to a student enrolled in the American philosophy master’s program for a significant essay which is judged to be superior. This prize honors the memory of Jean Martin Maxwell (1924-2005) who discovered a passion for the study of philosophy when, as an adult returning student, she undertook a master’s degree program in the history and philosophy of education at Northern Illinois University. Her master’s thesis on the Phenomenology of William James confirmed her interests, and she subsequently went on to teach introductory philosophy courses.

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Burke/Tilley Fund for Graduate Students

The Department of Philosophy’s Burke/Tilley Fund is intended specifically for graduate students. The purpose of the fund is to help graduate students with certain costs associated with their graduate degrees or certificates. Expenditures may include, but are not limited to, graduate student participation in professional conferences and seminars, research support, and Ph.D. program application fees. The fund covers costs incurred or to be incurred during the current academic year, including the summers. The award is funded by an anonymous, generous alumnus, and is named to commemorate the donor’s two most inspiring teachers: Michael Burke and John Tilley.

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Myles and Peg Brand Fellowship

The Department of Philosophy’s Burke/Tilley Fund is intended specifically for graduate students. The purpose of the fund is to help graduate students with certain costs associated with their graduate degrees or certificates. Expenditures may include, but are not limited to, graduate student participation in professional conferences and seminars, research support, and Ph.D. program application fees. The fund covers costs incurred or to be incurred during the current academic year, including the summers. The award is funded by an anonymous, generous alumnus, and is named to commemorate the donor’s two most inspiring teachers: Michael Burke and John Tilley.

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Click here for more information about these awards and application forms for the Brand Fellowship and Burke/Tilley grants.

School of Liberal Arts Scholarships

Philosophy students may also be eligible for school and campus scholarships and awards. See the School of Liberal Arts Scholarships and Awards for more information.