Newman MA Scholarships

Every year, UCD School of Philosophy offers one or two Newman Graduate Scholarships for students wishing to enrol on the MA in Philosophy (General Programme) and to write their minor dissertation on an aspect of the work or legacy of John Henry Newman. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a leading intellectual, religious thinker, philosopher and literary figure whose works include The Idea of a University (1852), An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent (1870), and Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1864). Newman was the founder in 1851 of the Catholic University of Ireland, which was refounded in 1908 as University College Dublin.

The scholarships will provide a significant contribution to the cost of tuition fees (minimum 50% and up to a possible 100%). Scholarships are open to Irish, EU and international applicants. The scholarships are endowed by the Newman Foundation.

How to Apply

Please apply online to the MA in Philosophy (General Programme). In addition to formally applying for admission to the programme, applicants are requested to email a brief description of their interest in Newman's work and the MA project they wish to undertake to the Graduate Administrator, Gillian Johnston, at

Current and former Newman Scholars include: 

  • 2014: Nora Sullivan and Ulysses Ryan Flynn
  • 2015: Ross Ferrara and Christopher DuPee
  • 2017: Dhanya Raghavan and John Rogers (Doctoral Award)
  • 2018: Paraskevi (Evi) Filea
  • 2019: Andrew Doyle, Cormac Duffy, and Shane Hutchinson
  • 2020: Duane Michael Brown