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Funding opportunities for MA and PhD

Application deadline: Non EU Students: Monday 3rd June 2024 and EU Students: Friday 28th June 2024

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MA Funding Opportunities

1. Jean Hogan MA Memorial Scholarship

The School of Philosophy has introduced an annual scholarship in memory of one of our MA students who passed away recently.  Jean Hogan was an outstanding student who overcame very difficult personal circumstances to do the MA.  The scholarship is open to anyone applying to an MA in Philosophy, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophy and Literature, Consciousness and Embodiment, Contemporary European Philosophy, Ethics: Theory and Practice. The scholarship is a fee waiver up the value of EU fees of €10,100.00.  MA applicants who wish to be considered for this award will be asked to specify this in their personal statements submitted with their MA application.  The successful applicant will have an outstanding academic track record to date.  The selection criterion for the scholarship will be quality of this track record, determined by the information provided in the candidate’s application for the MA. Applications from candidates who have overcome difficult circumstances to pursue their studies are particularly welcomed.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2022: Conall Clarke
  • 2023: Sophie Foley

2. MA Entrance Awards

Up to two competitive entrance awards ​of €1000 may be offered to students who have been admitted to the UCD Philosophy MA Programme. In the academic year 2024-2025 priority will be given to MA Programme applicants in Contemporary European Philosophy, Ethics: Theory and Practice and Philosophy and Literature. Applicants to those programmes will be automatically considered for an MA Entrance Award. 

3. MA Newman Scholarship

One Scholarship is available for students applying to the MA in Philosophy (General Programme), with the commitment to write their MA 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 of the Catholic University of Ireland, that led to the establishment of University College Dublin. 

The scholarship will provide a significant contribution to the cost of tuition fees of €7990 (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. 

Once they have applied for an MA in Philosophy (General Programme), applicants are requested to email a brief description of their interest in Newman's work and of their proposed dissertation project to (opens in a new window)philosophy@ucd.ie.

Past Scholarship Recipients

  • 2014: Nora Sullivan and Ulysses Ryan Flynn
  • 2015: Ross Ferrara and Christopher DuPee
  • 2017: Dhanya Raghavan and John Rogers
  • 2018: Paraskevi (Evi) Filea
  • 2019: Andrew Doyle, Cormac Duffy, Shane Hutchinson
  • 2020: Duane Michael Browne
  • 2023: Cathy Darling

(opens in a new window)PhD Funding Opportunities

Deadline for PhD scholarship applications:

  • Monday 3rd June 2024 Non-EU Applicants
  • Friday 28th June 2024 for EU Applicants

Applicants will be informed of the decision by Friday 12th July 2024

The School offers up to four PhD scholarships consisting of:

  • Fee remission of up to €7130 euro per annum for four years subject to satisfactory progress each year
  • An entrance award of to €2000 for the academic year of entry only
  • Opportunities for teaching and research assistantship remunerated at the University’s hourly tutorial rate.

When applying for the PhD programme, applicants should state on their application that they wish to be considered for the Scholarships.

Past Award Recipients

Year Awardee Thesis Title
2012 Martin Grünfeld 'Towards a Poetics of Knowledge: The Dominance of Scientific Writing and the Demolition of Thinking'
2013 Asgeir Johannesson 'Rooted in Kant and Blessed by Wittgenstein: Philosophical Justifications for the Methods of the Austrian School of Economics'
2014 Giulio Di Basilio 'The Notion of Prohairesis in Aristotle's Philosophy of Action'
  David Markwell 'Merleau-Ponty's Ethics'
2015 Muhannad Hariri 'Inferential Intuitions: The Role of the Imagination in Sellars' Theory of Experience'
2016 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 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 Sabrina Keenan

'The Experience of Aging'

  Jonathan Wren

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

2019 Natalia Burakowska

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

  August 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'
2020 Andrew Doyle 'On the Being of Philosophical Lecture'
2021 Samuel Ferns 'Freedom, Knowledge and Power: Reflexive Stage in the Grammars of Critical Social Theory'
  Miho Kaneko 'Can a Kind Essentialist Account of Instantiation Explain the Authorial Creation of Fictional Characters?' 
  Denise Kelly 'On Being (an Outsider): A Phenomenological Exploration of Social Phobia and Agoraphobia' 
  Aisling Phipps 'Parallels Between Personal Identity and Morality: The Effects of Identity Disturbance on Developing the Moral System in an Individual with Borderline Personality Disorder' 
2022 David Haack 'Phenomenology of Temperature'

(opens in a new window)Funding Opportunities outside the UCD School of Philosophy

MA and PhD applicants are also 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.

  1. (opens in a new window)Student Universal Support Ireland -- (SUSI) grants for fees for Irish resident students (means-tested).
  2. See UCD Global scholarships for:
    • international students
    • past UCD students who studied abroad in non-EU countries
    • students who graduated from member universities of Universitas 21
    • students from certain countries.
  3. For PhD students only: the Irish Research Council's (IRC) (opens in a new window)Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.  Applications open in September and close at the end of October. 

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