Opportunities in Philosophy

Academic Opportunities

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

John Worley Prize in Philosophy

This prize was established in honor of Professor John H. ‘Jack’ Worley, a member of the Philosophy Department faculty from 1966 until 1991.  Professor Worley received his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University, and served as a member of the American Philosophical Association and as an officer of the Iowa Philosophical Association.  During his tenure on the Grinnell faculty, Professor Worley inspired numerous students and it is by their generosity and through efforts of Mike Kump ’74 and Rob Leventhal ’75 that this prize was made possible.

The John Worley Prize in Philosophy is awarded annually to an outstanding senior philosophy student who has demonstrated both excellence in philosophy and a commitment to the ideals of a liberal arts education, and who intend to continue a formal education after graduation from Grinnell.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Gates Cambridge Application

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Marshall Scholarship Application

Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Mitchell Scholarship Application

Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

Rhodes Scholarship Application

Activities and Organizations

Philosophy Colloquium Lectures

The department hosts a monthly Philosophy Colloquium Lecture on a variety of topics related to Philosophy. 

Student Employment

A student grader is hired each to assist the Professor teaching PHI 102: Symbolic Logic. Faculty also occasionally hire students as research assistants.

For more information, please contact John Fennell.


The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.

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