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UCD Sutherland School of Law Doctoral Scholarships

Closing Date: Thursday the 30th of April 2015

The Sutherland School of Law is pleased to offer up to two new doctoral scholarships in law from 2015-2016

The scholarships will provide tuition fees at the EU rate and a yearly stipend of €16,000. 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 School of Law in September 2015. A limited amount of teaching may be required of scholarship holders.

The scholarships are open to Irish, EU and international applicants.

How to apply: Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html 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 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 niamh.mccabe@ucd.ie or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, 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:
  1. a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine;
  2. an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
  1. All academic transcripts.

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

Late applications will not be accepted for the scholarship.

All applicants will be notified 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.

Note: 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 http://www.ucd.ie/international/