UCD Graduate Studies Scholarships

Student excellence and achievement are recognised in UCD, through a variety of scholarships and awards. Students are advised to contact the UCD School in which they are interested in studying to ask about current funding possibilities.  

The John Pollard Newman Fellowship in Creativity

As part of its programme to provide post-doctoral research opportunities for scholars of proven academic excellence, University College Dublin invites applications for a prestigious Newman Fellowship in Creativity.
The Fellowship is designed for a creative thinker, writer and researcher who has the capacity to work flexibly across creative and critical modes in their research activities, and to take ideas in new and unexpected directions that will challenge existing ways of thinking. They should demonstrate the desire to make a real difference in our understanding of the role of creativity and writing in contemporary Irish culture and society and beyond, and the ways in which increased mobility of people and things has produced new forms of writing. Applications are invited from candidates who hold a PhD in literary studies, creative writing or a related field. They should be practicing writers with a record of creative publications in any genre, as well as strong outputs in literary  research and scholarship. The ideal candidate will provide evidence of knowledge of the relationships between modern and contemporary writing and recent geographical concerns with space and mobility or related ideas of landscape and place. They must have archival research skills, particularly in relation to exploring the contexts of the lives of writers from diverse backgrounds. They will also need to provide evidence of the ability to work with material and ideas from a number of disciplines and have a strong grasp of current debates in literary studies. A knowledge of recent writing from Ireland, and a desire to further develop expertise in this area, would significantly strengthen an application.
The John Pollard Newman Fellowship in Creativity is tenable for two years. The successful applicant will be based in the UCD School of English, Drama and Film. Renowned for its dedication to innovative research, creativity and teaching, the School is ranked in the top 100 by QS World Rankings 2018. It has also long been associated with some of Ireland’s greatest writers, including James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Mary Lavin, Anthony Cronin, Maeve Binchy, John McGahern, Neil Jordan, Conor McPherson, Colm Tóibín, Joseph O’Connor, Emma Donoghue and many others. The distinguished playwright, Frank McGuinness, recently retired as Professor of Creative Writing. The School will soon welcome Anne Enright who will be joining as Professor of Fiction in September 2018.
Informal enquiries regarding this Fellowship may be directed to Professor Ian Davidson (
A completed Newman Fellowship Application Form  a copy of your CV and two copies of the Newman Fellowship Referee Form should be returned to:
Ioanna Galeadi
UCD Graduate Studies
Tierney Building
Belfield, Dublin 4
T: 01 716 4047
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is August 31st, 2018.
To find out more about the Newman Fellowship Programme, please visit:


UCD Communications and Signal Processing Research Group - Two PhD studentships available in the area of “Coded Sparse Signaling for Massive MIMO Communications”

Massive MIMO is a key technology for 5G-and-beyond wireless networks, which is capable of dramatically increasing both the spectral efficiency and the energy efficiency of the network. This project will design new transmitters and receivers as well as advanced signal processing algorithms for massive MIMO systems, based on the concept of sparse signaling, also known as generalized spatial modulation. The research will center on the joint design of channel coding, generalized spatial modulation, and receiver signal processing (channel estimation, compressed-sensing based signal detection, and iterative channel decoding). The new communication system designs will be validated by extensive mathematical analysis as well as by simulation. Channel coding techniques will center on state-of-the-art LDPC and polar code constructions, as these provide excellent performance advantages as well as low complexity implementations. Interactions between the compressed-sensing based front-end detection process and the iterative channel decoder will be a key focus of the receiver design problem.
The PhD positions are fully funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) with tuition fees and scholarships covered for four years starting in September 2018.  The research will be conducted under the supervision of Associate Professor Mark Flanagan in conjunction with international academic collaborators.
The successful candidates should hold a Bachelors or Masters degree (First or Upper Second Class Honors) in electronic/communication engineering, computer science or a related discipline, and should possess a very strong background in mathematics, communication theory, signal processing and programming.  Excellent writing and oral communication skills are also required.

Applications should be sent by email to Associate Professor Mark Flanagan ( and should include: 

(1) Curriculum Vitae;
(2) Copies of all Transcripts;
(3) An English Test Certificate (for non-native English speakers);
(4) Contact details of two Referees (email and phone number).

Closing date: 17:00 (local Irish time) on 31st July 2018.


School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

A. Sharing Economy Systems

We are seeking excellent candidates to work in the following areas as part of a sharing economy project. Currently we have 5 Ph.D. positions and one Postdoc position available in the following areas.

1. Dimensioning and control of Sharing Economy System

2. Congestion management and behavioural analytics for Sharing Economy Systems

3. Human-in-the-loop data-science

4. Blockchain and DAGS for high frequency sharing economy micropayments

5. Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

The positions will involve the development of theory at the interface of control theory, statistics, economics, and computer science, as well as the realisation of a number of practical (mobility based) demonstrators. Some of the research will be conducted in collaboration with IBM Research, with potential for significant interaction with other industrial companies.

B. Advanced Manufacturing

We have one Ph.D.  position in the area of cyber-physical systems for 3D manufacturing applications. The focus of the positions will be in the area of cooperative control involving humans and machines, as well as cognitive computing with a focus of operator-machine optimisation. This is part of the new I-FORM centre. 

C. Automotive 

We are also seeking candidates for our mobility work in the context of the Enable-S3 project and for our work with Lero. The project seeks to develop tools to test and evaluate autonomous vehicles, and to develop distributed control/optimization algorithms for connected car projects. As part of both of these projects we will also explore closed loop design of recommender systems.

To apply

Applications should be submitted to, to be received by June 15th. Applicants should submit a CV and the names of 3 referees. All Ph.D. candidates will be expected to fulfil the English language requirements for admission to the Ph.D. programme at University College Dublin.

For further information, please contact or refer to All positions are funded by Science Foundation Ireland.


Master in Research (MSc) Studentship Opportunity

The prevalence and control of ectoparasites in Irish cattle

Start Date: September 2018

This industry-funded two-year studentship is a close collaboration between Merck Sharp and Dome (MSD) Ireland and the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin. The research aims to determine the prevalence of lice and ticks on Irish cattle farms and the efficacy of current control measures. The work will entail on-site farm and questionnaire surveys as well as lab-based susceptibility bioassays and molecular techniques.

The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and as comfortable at a mart or farm as at a scientific conference. It is vital that he/she is available for field-based work and possesses a full European driving license. Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours primary degree or equivalent in a related discipline (e.g. Zoology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Agriculture or Veterinary Medicine).
The student will be based at the UCD Vet School and registered for a higher degree at University College Dublin. He/she will be working under the joint supervision of Dr Annetta Zintl and Prof Theo De Waal.
MSD provide a stipend of €27,000 per annum. University fees are paid by the student from the stipend.
Application procedure
Applications consisting of a letter of interest and CV including contact details of at least two referees should be submitted (as a single PDF file) to:
Dr Annetta Zintl, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Phone: (01) 716-6121.


Informal enquiries can also be made to the same contact.

Closing date: Friday, 30th June 2018


Medical Traineeship in Physiology

UCD School of Medicine is offering Msc and PhD scholarships to suitably qualified candidates.

The one-year full-time scholarship programme is available to EU students only, and offers an €18,000 tax-free stipend in addition to a 75% EU fee waiver. There is a possibility of an extension covering the entire duration of the student's programme. Successful candidates will undertake a graduate taught or research degree programme and gain experience teaching in small groups whilst adding to their research portfolio.

Applicants are required to have a minimum 2:1 BSc degree, and a good working knowledge of Biology/Physiology. Further election criteria include strong academic and communication skills, competency in Physiology and clinical training. 

For full details, please see the advertisement: UCD Anatomy Medical Traineeships 2018  


Steven Masterton, Course Administrator:

Application Deadline: Tuesday 5th June 2018 (5pm)


PhD in Developing optimisation algorithms for resource and energy efficient wireless-optical backhaul design for 5G mobile networks.

This PhD position involves developing optimisation algorithms for resource and energy efficient wireless-optical backhaul design for 5G mobile networks. The position is based in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin which is Ireland's No 1 university for graduate studies with a vibrant student life and a very strong university incubation program for commercialisation of research.

Duties and Responsibilities

The PhD candidate will conduct research on the above-mentioned topic, as well as do occasional teaching assistantship which may lead to an additional stipend as well as their overall career development.


First class or equivalent degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Computer Science.
Proven track record of technical aptitude and competence.
A positive mental attitude with an ability and eagerness to work under tight deadlines.
Passionate problem solver with good programming skills in one or more of the following: C++, Java, Python, MATLAB.
Knowledge of Machine Learning preferred but not an absolute necessity.
Stipend: €18,500 per annum. Tuition fees are covered (EU students preferred, non-EU members with exceptional CVs are also encouraged to apply).

How to Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter describing your experience and how you fit, CV, and academic transcripts to:

Avishek Nag, PhD

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University College Dublin, Ireland
Ph: +353860306405


Postdoctoral Fellowship in One Health - Cellular and Molecular Immunology

An SFI funded post-doctoral position is now available in the Teagasc Bovine Immunology Group, in collaboration with both UCD and TCD. 

Requirements: A PhD in Immunology or cell biology with proven publication record and excellent communication skills. Expertise in cell culture and/or bioinformatics would also be advantageous.

Applications: A cover letter and CV with referees is to be sent by email to Kieran Meade:

Closing date: February 9th, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is chosen.


PhD in Expert system modelling of cattle disease management in modern livestock populations, in the context of an Irish IBR eradication programme

The UCD Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, in collaboration with Animal Health Ireland and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany, seeks a PhD candidate for a position within their extant collaboration.

The PhD studentship will be registered with the University of Leipzig and based at the UFZ in Leipzig in Germany, and the candidate will join a vibrant team of about 50 modellers in life science, including the EcoEpi lab which specialises in modelling for animal health. The candidate will develop the Irish IBR model from basic farm level towards a regional complex system model with fine-scale network interactions and social decision components.

Applicants are required to hold an excellent Master’s Degree or equivalent university degree in life science, geography, physics, social sciences, computer science or related fields, among other skills outlined in the IBR PhD Ad.

Stipend:  €18,000 in year 1, rising by €500 per annum to €20,000 in year 4.

Registration fees in the University of Leipzig and project-related travel expenses are included in addition to this stipend.

Applications must include the following:

(i)       A covering letter detailing their interest and reasons for applying for this position

(ii)      A CV (including contact details of 2 referees)

(iii)     A summary of any relevant research experience

(iv)     A reference ‘PhD Studentship IBR’ on the subject line.

To apply, and for further information, please contact:


Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarships

The aim of this scheme is to encourage outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction.  Each year, Universities Ireland offers four scholarships, each worth €15,000, to students who have been accepted to undertake a recognised Master’s Degree or are entering the first year of a PhD programme at a university in the island of Ireland that is not in the same jurisdiction as the university where they have previously studied.

Application forms are available on the Universities Ireland website. Contact Details:

More Information can be found here. Strict eligibility rules apply – please read the Guidance for Applicants carefully.


Intel Masters Student Scholarships

This sponsorship programme sees up to 16 UCD students selected each year each to receive a monetary grant as well as ongoing support and mentor provision by Intel. The eligible students are those beginning full time Masters programmes in Science and Engineering related disciplines. The programme provides each participant with €3000 to support their academic studies and also ensures that students have the opportunity to experience practical learning which is aligned to the needs of industry. The provision of employee mentors by Intel provides students with a direct relationship to the world of work.

More Information can be found here.