SIFA Early Career Development Workshop (SEeD)

June 13, 2024 - June 14, 2024
Department of Arts, University of Bologna



University of St. Andrews
University of Sussex
Universität Bonn
Cambridge University
Università Di Sassari
University of the Basque Country
Universität Bonn
University of Parma
University of Turin


University of Murcia
University of Bologna
Università di Torino (PhD)
Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia

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The Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA) is delighted to announce its first Early Career Development Workshop. This workshop aims at providing training for (perspective) PhD students and early-career researchers.

The workshop will be held in Bologna the 13th and 14th of June 2024.

The workshop is designed to offer comprehensive guidance on various aspects of career advancement during the initial and early stages of an academic career. The primary aspects of career development to be addressed during the workshop include:

  • PhD Application Process: Designed to meet the diverse standards of different countries, this session will address critical elements of the PhD application process. Participants will learn to craft compelling cover letters, prepare writing samples, formulate PhD research proposals, and effectively engage with prospective supervisors, including strategies for soliciting recommendation letters.
  • Grant Design and Application Process: This session will review some of the leading grant schemes across Europe tailored for early career researchers. Participants will gain insights into crafting successful grant applications, understanding the evaluation criteria, and navigating the diverse submission deadlines unique to each country.
  • Navigating the Journey of Academic Publishing: In this session, we will discuss how to identify suitable venues for publication, prepare your manuscript for submission, understand and manage the intricacies of the peer review process, and deal with rejections.

Each session will be led by a panel of distinguished international scholars, renowned for their extensive expertise and experience in the relevant aspects of the sessions.

Invited speakers and panelists include:

  • Marta Benenti (Murcia)

  • Franz Berto (St. Andrews & Editor-in-chief of The Philosophical Quarterly)

  • Corine Besson (Sussex & London Institute of Philosophy)

  • Elke Brendel (Bonn & President of the German Society of Analytic Philosophy)

  • Laura Caponetto (Cambridge & Italian Society for Women in Philosophy)

  • Massimo Dell'Utri (Sassari & Editor-in-chief of Argumenta)

  • Mara Floris (Vita-Salute San Raffaele)

  • Daniele Molinini (Bologna & Lisbon)

  • Valentina Petrolini (University of the Basque Country)

  • Sebastian Speitel (Bonn)

  • Alessandro Torza (Parma)

  • Alberto Voltolini (Turin & President of the Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy)

We look forward to welcoming up to 50 motivated students and early career researchers. We particularly welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups, aiming to foster diversity and inclusion in our event. Should we receive over 50 submissions, we will select the 50 we assess most fitting for the event, while ensuring a balanced representation across gender, academic affiliation, and career stages.

If you are interested in applying, please submit your CV along with a short motivation letter (max. 500 words) that outlines your fit and interest using this form: While we encourage applications from all qualified candidates, priority will be given to mid-career master's students, current PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers.

Application deadline: April 1st
Successful applicants will be informed by April 20th
The registration deadline is May 3rd

To attend the event, registration with SIFA is required. The annual membership fee for students and non-faculty researchers is €25. Additionally, the conference registration fee is set at €10 for students, €20 for PhD students, and €30 for post-doctoral researchers. All information will be provided after the acceptance. 

Organizing committee: Marta Benenti, Filippo Ferrari, Mara Floris, Luca Zanetti

Steering committee: Cristina Amoretti, Marta Benenti, Sofia Bonicalzi, Damiano Canale, Massimo Dell’Utri, Filippo Ferrari, Mara Floris, Pietro Maffettone, Marco Mazzone, Cristina Meini, Alberto Voltolini, Luca Zanetti

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