UCD Humanities Institute exists to stimulate new interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the humanities, and to incubate emergent fields in the humanities which address key societal challenges. The institute organises exploratory meetings and experimental events on a regular basis to test out new ideas and to foster collaboration between diverse disciplines. We also welcome new ideas for projects and events which can help to develop the mission of the institute. Please contact the institute director ( directly to discuss how the institute can help to promote new and existing humanities research projects, or can help to identify and foster collaboration between humanities colleagues and other areas of social and scientific research.


Humanities research is about what it means to be human: it is about all of us, and every facet of how we live, relate to others, inhabit places, understand the past, think, imagine, and dream about the future. Yet humanities research in Ireland accounts for about 1% of the national research budget. To help promote and develop humanities research in UCD, and enable us to fufil our ambitions to place humanities research in a leading role in addressing key societal challenges, please consider making a donation via UCD Foundation to support the work of the UCD Humanities Institute. Philanthropy can help us to promote humanities research further by funding interdisciplinary postgraduate scholars, public engagement activities, and distinguished public lectures in the humanities.


The Institute has always been active in researcher training, convening series of career development workshops for early stage researchers in the humanities, as well as a research writing group and various reading groups. We also run training workshops on preparing funding applications for the Irish Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, ERC and others. For further information look at our events page or email

The Research Writing Group meets each month to discuss a short piece of research writing (draft thesis chapter, conference paper, article, book chapter) by a member of the group. Group members read the sample in advance and discuss it in depth with the author. This process facilitates the author thinking through their ideas in a supportive and encouraging environment, guided by the members of the group.

Those interested in attending a workshop should contact the institute with the following information:

  • Your name, discipline, and the name of your supervisor
  • Your PhD working title and short description of topic of thesis (c. 150 words)
  • A short biographical statement (c. 150 words), including research interests, conference / seminar presentations, teaching experience, and publications