PhD Scholarship in Cultural Analytics: Irish Cultural History and the Rosamond Jacob Diaries 


A doctoral scholarship is available in Cultural Analytics to work within an interdisciplinary team in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in collaboration with UCD School of English and Drama. 



The doctoral scholar will work on the Diaries of Rosamond Jacob Project. Jacob was a novelist, historian, and activist. Her diaries cover the period 1897-1960. They are a major resource for the study of Irish cultural and social history, women's history, and life writing in the Manuscript Collection of the National Library of Ireland (MS 32582: 1-170, The PhD student will develop their own independent doctoral thesis using the diaries as primary research material, but will work within a project team using text mining and image processing techniques to fully realise the research potential of this unique resource. They will also assist in the development of public engagement activities communicating research findings as part of a number of Decade of Centenaries activities. 

Doctoral students will join a vibrant interdisciplinary research community, with regular seminars, workshops, and symposia. All necessary training in digital methodologies and data analytics techniques will be provided. The scholarship will cover EU fees, necessary travel, and a maintenance grant of €18,000 p.a. for 3 years, with possibility of extension for a maximum of 1 year.


Scholarship 2 

MA in English Literature, Gender Studies, Irish Studies or equivalent (high MA result of 2:1- 1:1 or GPA above 3.2)

Evidence of a strong interest in the role of gender in culture and cultural history

Commitment to developing a high degree of proficiency in cultural analytics methodologies

Excellent oral and written communication skills

IELTS score of 8, if English is not your first language


Desirable Criteria for 1 and 2

BA in History 

MA dissertation in related research area

Experience of collaborating with researchers from other disciplines or interdisciplinary training

Completion of digital humanities or related training



Send the following by June 18th to Professor Gerardine Meaney (


  1. Up to date CV, including academic qualifications, work experience, and indication of language proficiencies.
  2. Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this field of research, your motivation in applying for this particular scholarship, long term career goals, and any other information you think is relevant (max. 1000 words)
  3. Sample of your academic writing (max. 3000 words)
  4. Names of 2 academic referees, ideally including one from MA dissertation supervisor.

Please ask your referees to send their references direct to by June 23rd.


Successful applicants will develop their individual proposal relevant to the project theme in the first trimester of their studies. Before application, candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the structured PhD process at UCD