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The Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education has established a generous scholarship programme, the “Oxford Uehiro St Cross Visiting Programme” for graduate students, postdoctoral and senior academics from Japan to spend up to a year as a Visiting Scholar or Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.
The Oxford Uehiro Centre is a groundbreaking centre headed by Professor Julian Savulescu, and is part of the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Oxford. The Oxford Uehiro Centre aims to encourage and support debate and deeper rational reflection on practical ethics. Addressing contemporary world issues that have a huge impact on the future of humankind, such as climate change, global inequality and poverty, and advances in biomedicine, the Oxford Uehiro Centre seeks to promote rigorous and impartial research and debate without favouring a particular philosophy or view. The Centre also strives to raise public awareness and understanding of ethical issues both in the UK and internationally and does this through lectures, publications and consultations. The Centre received the top ranking in Leiter’s ‘Philosophical Gourmet’ report, widely considered to be the most influential and important in the field.
The Oxford Uehiro St Cross Visiting Programme is a scheme that allows up to two graduate students or postdoctoral academics from Japan the opportunity to spend nine to twelve months studying or conducting research in the Oxford Uehiro Centre under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu or other academic staff based there. The awards will start from October each year and will cover all costs. Successful candidates will be able to spend their time in Oxford as members of St Cross College, thus allowing them to enjoy the full academic experience that comes from the Oxford college system.
The Oxford Uehiro Centre and this Programme have been made possible through the very generous support of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education. The Uehiro Foundation was established on 1 April 1987, and acquired legal status as a public foundation on 10 July 2013. Its aim is to promote research and education in the wide field of ethics while respecting neutrality and international collaboration. Through its many beneficiaries in the academic world both in Japan including with the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, and overseas, the Foundation has nurtured many young talents to become leading scholars in their field.
We are looking forward to welcoming more excellent scholars from Japan to Oxford through this Programme, which will strengthen even further the already strong relationship between Japan and the University of Oxford.