Academic Life

Invitation: There are undoubtedly a great many countries for which there are simply not available organized materials like those below.  In order to maximise the usefulness of this page, I would like to invite anyone with familiarity of philosophy academia in a given country (whether as a graduate student or a faculty member), to contribute something.  It could be a short e-mail, or something longer.  It can also be published anonymously, to avoid concern with repercussions (although I would need to know your identity, as a means of keeping track of the reliability of postings).  The issues are simply enough described: what should someone know who is considering either studying or teaching in your country.  You may have information on the practicalities of getting a job, the likelihood of tenure, what the pay is like, whether graduate schools are overcrowded or well-balanced, etc.  Basically, anything you feel would be useful.  If anyone is interested in helping out, send your contribution to Tony.

I have attempted to ensure that none of the material included on this page is copyrighted.  However, if you own the copyright to something included here and would like it removed, just contact me and I will be happy to do so.

Discussing More than One Country

A visitor to the site has supplied a very informative table (prepared by the Associazione Dottorandi e Dottori di Ricerca Italiani – Italian PhD Association), which compares academic life in various countries, in terms of pay and average time taken to reach professional appointments (eg. Reader, Professor): Comparative table.

There is also an excellent study from UNESCO called “Doctoral Studies and Qualifications in Europe and the United States”.

Answers to a questionnaire from Eurodoc, describing the situation for researchers in various countries in Europe.

A short table from Eurodoc on “The Situation of Early Stage Researchers in Europe”.

A report from the Research and Training Network, “Women in European Universities, Final Report 2000-2003”.  The various studies to which the report refers are all available at

A report by the Network for Education and Academic Rights on “The State of Academic Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

A report from UNESCO called “A Survey of the Current State of Academic Freedom in Six Latin American Countries”.


There is a very interesting discussion here of hiring practices in German philosophy departments, including the central role of patronage, and why Germans who leave for graduate study abroad (let alone foreigners who have never studied in Germany), are unlikely to be able to secure a regular position in a German department.

A similar questionnaire answer form from Eurodoc specifically for Italy.

An article on “Academic Scientific Careers in Italy”. It specifically addresses the situation in the sciences, but the information it provides is not actually science-specific.

United States of America

Those interested in academic life in American philosophy departments should take an occasional look at Brian Leiter’s blog.  It is only partially devoted to discussions of academic life, so you should also expect to find a large number of passionate political postings, along with any other subject that takes his fancy (it is, after all, his personal blog). However there are enough professional philosophers who take part in discussions of academic life on the site that it is well worth the occasional visit.

A study of “Tenured/tenure-track faculty women at 98 U.S. doctoral programs in philosophy”.