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UCD Sutherland School of Law Doctoral Scholarships


Closing Date: Wednesday the 30th of April 2014

The UCD Sutherland School of Law is pleased to offer up to four new doctoral scholarships in law from 2014-2015

The scholarships will provide tuition fees at the EU rate and a yearly stipend of €7,000. The scholarships are tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarships are available to full time students commencing their doctoral studies in the UCD Sutherland School of Law in September 2014.

The scholarships are open to Irish, EU and International applicants. Any offer to an international applicant is conditional on the applicant demonstrating at the time of accepting the offer that s/he has sufficient funds to cover both the difference between the EU and international tuition fees and to supplement the living allowance to cover the cost of living in Dublin. Information for international students contemplating studying at UCD is available at

A limited amount of teaching may be required of scholarship holders.

How to apply: Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at by the deadline. Please also send a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD, and in particular, why you wish to undertake a PhD at UCD Sutherland School of Law.

This letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 single-spaced and can be sent either as an email attachment to or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. 

In addition to the cover letter you must submit the following documents:

  1. A research proposal which includes:
  • a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine;
  • an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and
  • a brief literature review. (The idea of this is to place the research within the current state of knowledge in the field in question. It should include a short, indicative, bibliography of works in the field).

There is no maximum length for a research proposal. Normally, it would be at least three or four pages long.

  1. Academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date for this scholarship.
  1. All academic transcripts
  1. IELTS or TOEFL: Applicants whose mother tongue is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, e.g. a TOEFL score of either 650 if taken in traditional mode or 250 if taken on computer based version OR IELTS 6.5, including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0. Please note that in all cases the test results must be less than 2 years old


If you have any queries on the application process or scholarships please contact Ms. McCabe at the above email address.

Late applications will not be accepted.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the decision of the scholarship committee.  No correspondence will be entered into about the committee’s decision.  Applicants not awarded a scholarship may be offered a place on the PhD programme.