A stipend is available at the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev starting in early March 2020.
Thematic Framework: an interdisciplinary philosophical project in the theoretical foundations of cognitive science with an emphasis on the nature of physical computation, and computational explanation in the cognitive sciences.
A competitive stipendiary fellowship for an MA student is offered at the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Nir Fresco (and co-supervision by Prof Oron Shagrir) thanks to an ISF grant awarded to Prof. Shagrir at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (830/18 'The Indeterminacy of Computation'). The exact topic is up to the student, but it should relate to the topic of the grant. Interdisciplinary engagement will be integral to the project.
The student has to be registered at Ben-Gurion University, and complete the MA programme at the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences (https://in.bgu.ac.il/bcs/Pages/MAprogram.aspx). The opportunity comes with a competitive stipend, renewable annually subject to satisfactory performance.
The opportunity is open to excellent students with formal training in analytic philosophy holding a BA or BSc degree in computer science, cognitive science, psychology or philosophy. Candidates from a well ranked public institution with a score of 85% and above will be considered. Preference will be given to those whose final degree classification is awarded as First Class or High Distinction. Formal transcripts of the BA/BSc degree is required by the time of first registration.
Candidates should be prepared to participate in regular meetings and discussion groups also pertaining to the project. The MA programme requires regular presence at Ben-Gurion University, but living in Beer Sheva is not required.
Please email your application consisting of the following usual documents:
— a cover letter;
— a CV;
— copies of formal transcripts of the BA/BSc degree
— a writing sample
— a proposed project outline for the Master's thesis (max. 2 pages)
Candidates are encouraged to email me (at firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to submitting their application.
Applications would be evaluated on a rolling basis until the vacancy is filled.