The Darwin Scholarship has not yet been launched and is not currently open to applications

The Darwin Scholarship award will cover university fees, as well as providing an annual bursary to assist with living costs for the duration of the course of study. Further funding will be available to cover expenses associated with the annual DIISC summer school in Shrewsbury, UK.

There will be a limited number of Darwin Scholarship awards available so every successful Darwin Scholar will need to have, or have the clear potential to develop, certain distinctive characteristics beyond those typically required of Master’s and PhD candidates. Darwin Scholars will need to show that they are open to new ideas and the principles of interdisciplinary exchange and learning. They must be able to convincingly communicate how such exchange would add value to their studies. They will need to present an intelligent and thoughtful argument for the place of compassion in their field, and for the perspectives and questions they wish to explore in relation to the place of compassion, in theory and practice, in their discipline or profession.

Once the programme has been launched, candidates for scholarships will need to have been accepted by the university where they wish to study in line with that institution’s requirements. The application to DIISC for a Darwin Scholarship will require:

  • A completed application form (which will be available at or from the relevant affiliate university);
  • An outline of key research ideas (up to 1500 words), demonstrating 
academic rigour and original thought, familiarity with current research in your field(s), awareness of the broader literature, reasons for applying to DIISC, and ways in which your research will make a positive contribution to the study of compassion and in the wider world;
  • A personal statement (up to 1000 words) outlining your suitability for your chosen course of study/research, demonstrating your commitment to and ideas about compassion in action, and describing how you aim to benefit from and contribute to interdisciplinary exchange and learning;
  • A full curriculum vitae;
  • The names of three referees who can comment on your character and calibre of work.

Applications will be considered by the DIISC Selection Committee with input from applicants’ proposed supervisors at the participating universities. There may also be an interview, either in person or via video link.

Any further queries should be sent to Lee Good, DIISC Operations Manager, at

+44 1743 341739

Apartment 2,
41 Coton Hill,
Shrewsbury SY1 2DX