Doctoral Program

We are now accepting applications for those planning to start in Spring 2024.  Entrance exams and interviews (for those invited) will be conducted online.

The Ph.D. degree in philosophy is designed to develop an advanced understanding of philosophical problems, especially those in contemporary analytic philosophy and the history of philosophy. In addition, the degree prepares and guides each candidate through the writing of a thesis, which represents substantial and original scholarly contribution to philosophy.   

  • We offer a Doctoral degree after Bachelor’s and after Master’s. Both entail coursework followed by a thesis. The language of instruction for all aspects of the Program is English.
  • All successful applicants will receive a comprehensive scholarship: tuition waiver (i.e. there are no tuition costs), housing support, private health insurance, and monthly stipend.
  • Up to five graduate students each year will have the opportunity to spend a semester at the School of Philosophy at Australian National University (pandemic permitting). The exchange is fully funded. [Photos]
  • In addition to the above the department will also provide doctoral students with funding to present at international conferences.
  • The philosophy department at Bilkent is ranked #1 in Turkey for research.
  • Our research focuses on central areas of analytic philosophy: metaphysics and philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy. We also have strengths in the history of philosophy.
  • Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We also warmly welcome applications from international students.
  • Please carefully review the minimum admission requirements before applying.
  • Enrolment in the program is limited, and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.