PhD Funding Opportunities, UCD School of Philosophy

The closing date for receipt of the completed online applications to the PhD programmes and the scholarships is 31st May 2020 for International Students and 31 July 2020 for EU Students   

University College Dublin School of Philosophy is pleased to announce a number of PhD scholarships and entrance awards:

PhD Scholarships 

The School offers up to four PhD scholarships consisting of:

- Fee remission of up to €6530 euro per annum for four years

- An entrance award of €2000

- Opportunities for teaching and research assistantship remunerated at the University’s hourly tutorial rate.

Please see Terms & Conditions

Applicants should apply to and state on their application that they wish to be considered for the Scholarships.

Past Award Recipients

YearAwardeeThesis Title
2012-2013 Martin Grünfeld 'Towards a Poetics of Knowledge: The Dominance of Scientific Writing and the Demolition of Thinking'
2013-2014 Asgeir Johannesson 'Rooted in Kant and Blessed by Wittgenstein: Philosophical Justifications for the Methods of the Austrian School of Economics'
2014-2015 Giulio Di Basilio 'The Notion of Prohairesis in Aristotle's Philosophy of Action'
  David Markwell 'Merleau-Ponty's Ethics'
2015-2016 Muhannad Hariri 'Inferential Intuitions: The Role of the Imagination in Sellars' Theory of Experience'
2016-2017 Rana Bizri 'Understanding our Fundamental Ways of engaging with the World: Beyond Discursive Action'
  Damien Lennon 'Eliot, Joyce and the Hermeneutic of Ruin'
  Frida Trotter 'The connection between theory and nature. Wilfrid Sellars' analysis on language and perception'
2017-2018 Antoine Athanassiadis 'Social Critique in Adorno and Foucault'  
  Liam Beggan 'Noam Chomsky’s early use of Wilhelm von Humboldt’s Philosophy of Language'
  Holly Hartman

'Nothing About You is Alone'

2018-2019 Sabrina Keenan

'The Experience of Aging'

  Jonathan Wren

'The Sharing of Being-with: The Political Hermeneutics of Hannah Arendt and Jean-Luc Nancy'

2019-2020 Natalia Burakowska

'The Phenomenology of Dementia: An Embodied-Cognitive Account'

  Alma Buholzer 'Kantian Naturalism in Alois Riehl and Wilfrid Sellars'
  Clémance Santemarie ‘The Aesthetic is Political’: A Critical Phenomenology of Social In/Visibility: Perception, Representation, the Imaginary'

About UCD School of Philosophy 

The UCD School of Philosophy is Ireland’s largest Philosophy department, with well-developed, internationally recognized clusters of research and teaching in:

  • Contemporary European Philosophy (German Idealism, Phenomenology, Critical Theory, Contemporary French Philosophy)
  • Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy and Feminist Theory
  • History of Philosophy – including Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern
  • American Philosophy (Pragmatism, classical and contemporary: Quine, Sellars, Davidson, Brandom and Putnam)
  • Philosophy of Mind and Action (including Cognitive Science)
  • Analytic Metaphysics (including Philosophy of Time, Metaphysics of Modality, Mereology, Ontology, and Metametaphysics)
  • Buddhist Philosophy

The UCD School of Philosophy is ranked in the top 100 Philosophy departments in the world in the QS subject rankings and No. 1 in the island of Ireland. We offer a very lively culture of collaborative research activity, invited speaker seminars, international conferences, and workshops. The School hosts two major research centres, in Ethics (The Centre for Ethics and Public Life) and in Religion (The Newman Centre for the Study of Religion). Interested applicants should feel free to directly contact potential supervisors in their area of research – a list of Faculty can be found here or direct their enquiries, in the first instance, to the Graduate Administrator, 

The School has an exceptionally vibrant culture of research activity. Activities include the Agnes Cuming and the Royal Institute of Philosophy annual lectures, bringing world-leading philosophers to UCD; fortnightly invited speaker seminars, large-scale international conferences and thematic workshops, weekly discussion groups and reading groups, postgraduate conferences and workshops organised by students. The International Journal of Philosophical Studies and the postgraduate journal Perspectives are edited from the School and offer graduate students the opportunity to learn about publishing in and editing peer reviewed academic journals. We foster a friendly and open atmosphere where students and staff regularly interact and exchange ideas in discussion groups and coffee mornings. We also encourage and assist students to apply to the Irish Research Council for postgraduate scholarships. There are close links with the PhD programme of  Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). PhD students can take modules offered in Trinity and they hold joint work in progress seminars and an annual graduate conference.

For more information on members of faculty at UCD and their research interests see:

For more information on the Graduate Programmes at UCD see:       


PhD Funding Opportunities outside the UCD School of Philosophy

  1. There are several sources of funding for PhD and MLitt students from outside the UCD School of Philosophy.  Students are encouraged to explore opportunities with outside funding agencies.  The information below relates to some of the more widely available sources, but is by no means exhaustive.
  2. Irish Research Council (IRC) - Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.  APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN FOR 20-21 ON 5 SEPTEMBER 2019. Closing date for IRC: 31 October 2019.  Students interested in this scheme should check the IRC website for details on how to apply and the terms & conditions of awards.
  3. Student Universal Support Ireland - grants for fees for Irish resident students (means-tested).
  4. UCD International - scholarships available specifically for international students.  International students are also encouraged to explore funding schemes in their home countries.