Sanders Prizes

The Marc Sanders Foundation awards annual and biennial essay prizes for early-career scholars in many core areas of philosophy, administered by some of the most distinguished philosophers in the world. The Foundation also funds an annual book prize, graduate student prizes, and a public philosophy prize.


Philosophy of Mind
The Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Mind is a $10,000 annual prize administered by David Sosa, the Temple Centennial Professor in the Humanities and Chair, Department of Philosophy, at the University of Texas at Austin, and open only to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. and students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible.


Metaphysics
The Sanders Prize in Metaphysics is a $10,000 annual prize administered by Dean Zimmerman, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, and open only to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible.


Philosophy of Religion
The Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion is a $10,000 biennial prize administered by Jonathan Kvanvi, Professor of Philosophy at Washington University-St. Louis, and open only to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible.


Epistemology
The Sanders Prize in Epistemology is a $10,000 biennial prize administered by Tamar Szabó Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University, and open only to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible.


Metaethics
The Sanders Prize in Metaethics is a $10,000 annual prize administered by Russ Shafer-Landau, Professor of Philosophy at UNC (Chapel Hill), and open only to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible.


Political Philosophy
The Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy is a $10,000 annual prize administered by Peter Vallentyne (Florence G. Kline Chair in Philosophy at the University of Missouri), in conjunction with David Sobel and Steven Wall, and open only to scholars who, at the time of submission deadline, are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or are students currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible.


Early Modern Philosophy
The Sanders Prize in Early Modern Philosophy is a $10,000 biennial prize administered by Donald Rutherford, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and open only to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible.


APA Book Prize
The Sanders Book Prize is awarded in partnership with the APA to the best book in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or epistemology that engages the analytic tradition.


APA Graduate Student Prizes
The Sanders Foundation awards $1000 to three excellent graduate student essays to be presented at the Eastern Division of the APA.


Public Philosophy Award
The Sanders Public Philosophy Award is a $4,500 annual award for unpublished essays aimed at the general public.


Previous Grants
The Foundation recognizes and materially supports accomplished philosophers doing important original work in metaphysics.