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Doctoral Fee Scholarships 2022

UCD College of Arts and Humanities Doctoral Fee Scholarships 2022

Each year the UCD College of Arts and Humanities offers two UCD College of Arts and Humanities Doctoral Fee Scholarships. These provide an annual full fee stipend for doctoral students commencing a PhD in any one of our seven Schools and in the Clinton Institute.

The award is open to EU and non-EU applicants joining our doctoral programme in September 2022, on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The award can be held for a maximum of four years for students registered to the PhD programme on a full-time basis, or six years for students registered to the PhD programme on a part-time basis, subject to satisfactory performance by the holder each year. The award holder will also be the recipient of a research support bursary of €500 per year, to a maximum total value of €2000 over the course of their doctoral registration, to assist with travel and other research expenses.

Guidance Notes

  1. Applicant Details: Applications are welcomed from EU and non-EU students and from those registering for full-time and part-time study
  2. Referees: Two referees must be specified on the application form. At least one of these should be able to write in detail on the applicant’s academic abilities and potential.
  3. Thesis Details: Please include the date on which you were notified by your School/Unit of your acceptance to the doctoral programme. You are not obliged to confirm your acceptance with UCD Graduate Studies before submitting your application but if you have been notified of your acceptance by the University you should include that date also.
  4. Funding: please specify the source and amount of any funding you have secured in support of your doctoral studies. If you are entirely self-funded, please note this.
  5. Qualifications: please list your third-level qualifications. If you have completed other courses or training programmes relevant to your doctoral study you should include these here.
  6. Work Experience: any relevant work experience should be noted here.
  7. Thesis Proposal: please include a detailed outline of your planned thesis, including information on your chosen methodology and your intended contribution to the wider field of study.
  8. Research Theme: applicants are invited to align themselves with one of the College’s eight research themes:
    • Digital Cultures
    • Engaged Creativity
    • Environmental Humanities
    • Health, Medicine and Wellbeing
    • Ireland in the World
    • Thresholds of Knowledge
    • Transnationalising the Humanities
    • Violence and Society

Further details on these themes can be found at www.ucd.ie/artshumanities/research, or by contacting the theme leader directly.

While engagement with our research themes is desirable, it is not mandatory. If your work does not, at this stage, align with one of these themes you may choose instead to indicate other aspects of the research culture in the UCD College of Arts and Humanities that will support your doctoral project. This could include reference to our research centres or to specific members of staff whose expertise is closely linked to your thesis topic. You may wish to draw attention to other UCD resources, such as those at UCD Archives, UCD Special Collections or the National Folklore Archive, which will be of benefit to your research.

9. Personal Statement: please include here any additional information that would be helpful in the evaluation of your application.

Terms and Conditions

In the event of the recipients subsequently receiving an award of greater financial value (e.g. Government of Ireland postgraduate fellowship), the award will cease at the end of the academic year in question. The successful applicant is expected to apply to the Irish Research Council funding programme when eligible.

From time to time, the successful candidates may be asked to support events and activities organised by the College of Arts and Humanities. The scholarship recipients consent to the use and distribution of their name and any photographs, video footage or new media that may be taken of them on University business, as the College of Arts and Humanities deems appropriate.

To retain this scholarship throughout the programme of study recipients must:

  • meet the progression requirements of the programme of study
  • successfully pass an annual review process
  • fulfil, where required, ambassadorial duties deemed appropriate – for example, at UCD Open Days

Students will not be eligible to defer their scholarship offer.

Application Process

Applicants must be new entrants to the PhD programme (commencing September 2022). Applications should be sent to Associate Professor Lucy Collins, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at (opens in a new window)arts.humanities@ucd.ie by 5pm on 1 July 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. The application must include:

  • a completed application form
  • a copy of the email/letter confirming acceptance to the doctoral programme by the applicant’s school/unit
  • a sample of recent academic writing in English (max 5,000 words)

Applicants should download Application Form from the College of Arts and Humanities website and email the completed version, together with their letter and writing sample, by the stated deadline.

Applicants should request that their referees submit written references directly to arts.humanities@ucd.ie by the closing date for application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that referees are aware of this requirement.

If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Gannon in the UCD Arts and Humanities College Office at (opens in a new window)barbara.gannon@ucd.ie

Relevant links

College of Arts and Humanities

University College Dublin Belfield Dublin 4 Ireland
T: +353 1 716 7777