Mary Kelly Bursary

 

‌Dr Mary Kelly was a long-serving member of the UCD School of Sociology who died in 2010. Mary researched and taught across a range of topics, including sociology of the media and, more recently, environmental sociology, and over the course of her career, she made an enormous contribution to the School, and to the many students she taught and supervised. This Fund is an opportunity to celebrate Mary’s memory and her contribution to Sociology, to UCD, and to Irish society generally.

The Mary Kelly Bursaries comprise an award of €2,000 towards university fees to students who have been accepted to one of the School of Sociology graduate degree programmes (taught masters or PhD/MLitt). Up to two bursaries will be awarded for each of the two following categories: incoming Masters students (limited to full-time students in one-year 90 credit programmes), and incoming MLitt/PhD student (limited to full-time students).

 

The Following Conditions Apply:

  • Applicants who have applied to and have received a full offer of a place on their chosen programme may submit a completed bursary application form (provisional and/or conditional offers are not accepted)
  • The bursaries are only available to students registering full-time (and in the case of Masters students, to those registering for one-year, 90 credit programmes)
  • Bursaries will be paid in two tranches - at the beginning of 1st and 2nd semesters
  • Awards may not be deferred
  • If the applicant is unable to pursue his/her studies in accordance with the Bursary conditions and in the specified time, the School reserves the right to reallocate the funds in whole or in part to another appropriate applicant.

 

Applications Comprise the Following Information:

  • The applicant’s academic record to date;
  • A description of the applicant’s research interests (for taught masters applicants) or thesis (for MLitt/PhD applicants), the social impact of this research and how it relates to the advancement of the discipline of Sociology (max: 300 words)
  • A personal statement outlining your background and motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology. (max: 300 words).

 

Closing Date:

  • Friday 30 June 2017

Guidelines for Evaluation of Applications:

Applications will be evaluated by an Assessment Committee appointed by the Head of School, and will normally comprise: the Head of the School of Sociology or their nominee, PhD Coordinator, Masters Coordinator, Tutor Coordinator and another member of the School of Sociology or a cognate discipline. Applicants will be evaluated by each of the panel members independently under each of the following criteria: (1) their academic record; (2) the coherence and social relevance of their research topic; and (3) their personal statement, including particular achievements, or other relevant factors. The panel will then collectively decide. The panel’s decision is final.

 

Application Form and Submission