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Funding Opportunities

The School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice from time to time offers a limited number of funding opportunities for taught Masters and research programmes within the School. Currently available funding programmes are:

Ursula Barry Scholarship in Gender Studies


School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

University College Dublin

Applications are invited for two scholarships for full-time study on the MA in Gender Studies at UCD’s School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.

The scholarship provides €4,000 to contribute to the costs of programme fees. Closing date for applications is 30th June, 2021.

The MA in Gender Studies is a rigorous, interdisciplinary programme offering learning in feminisms, sexualities, masculinities, global gender debates, politics and activisms.  The programme engages with intersectional feminist, gender and queer theories and perspectives. It brings together knowledge and activism to expose students to a breadth and depth of scholarship in relation to multiple oppressions, discriminations, politics and policies including gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, class and age, among others. This programme leads to a well-recognised MA in Gender Studies from one of the top 1% universities in the world.

Based in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, the scholarship and programme welcomes applicants with diverse professional and educational backgrounds who are interested in exploring further how gender plays a crucial role in the way we see the world and in how the world is organised.

Scholarship details:

The scholarship provides €4,000 towards the costs of programme fees.  

The scholarship funds programme fees for the 2021/22 academic year, beginning in September 2021. 

All other costs associated with taking up and studying on the programme will be covered by successful applicants themselves.

The scholarship is open to Irish as well as international applicants.

Application Procedure:

Applicants for the scholarship must satisfy the application criteria for the Masters in Gender Studies and have completed an application for the masters programme.

Details of the programme and entry requirements are found HERE.

Applications for the scholarship should be emailed to Dominic Shellard (dominic.shellard@ucd.ie) and include:

  • An application letter of maximum 600 words that addresses the following: confirmation of successful application to the MA in Gender Studies; a short statement of your suitability and motivation for the scholarship and masters programme, and of your particular interest in the MA in Gender Studies UCD.
  • Please include details for 2 referees – we reserve the right to contact referees where it might support the application.
  • C.V. (3 pages maximum)

CLOSING DATE: 30th June, 2021.

30% Club Scholarship 

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law in partnership with the 30% Club is offering a scholarship opportunity for the Master in Public Policy to one female candidate. This reflects UCD’s commitment to promote greater gender diversity in leadership positions within the public and not for profit sectors. https://30percentclub.org/about/chapters/ireland

The Master of Public Policy Programme is offering one full time or part time (EU fee waiver) scholarship to a female candidate.

Closing date for applications for September 2022 entry is 30th June 2022. All enquiries in relation to the scholarship to be made to mpp@ucd.ie

Applications for the scholarship will be competitively assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. In order to be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must have submitted an application to UCD and have been offered a place on the programme.
  2. Applicants should then submit a letter of motivation for the scholarship which should cover the following:
       - An outline of your career to date.
       - Why do you think you should be awarded this scholarship for a Master of Public Policy, in line with the objectives of the aim of the 30% Club to support women into  positions of leadership in all walks of life.

The motivation letter should be no less than 500 and not more than 1,200 words in length.

3. CV (maximum 2 pages)

The motivation letter and CV must be submitted in one file (preferable MS Word or pdf format) to mpp@ucd.ie

Application submissions should clearly state "30% Club Scholarship - Master of Public Policy"

The closing date for applicants for this scholarship is 5pm on 30th June 2021.

Note: For applying for Master of Public Policy programme, please visit http://www.ucd.ie/apply/

I feel incredibly honored to receive the 30% Club Scholarship for the Master of Public Policy at UCD. As a neurodiverse person, I feel it is so important to have visibility for women in leadership roles that represent the autistic community. Education has completely transformed my life, and I feel so appreciative of this opportunity to continue my educational journey. During my
time at UCD, I hope to increase my skill set while enhancing my understanding of the policy process. I believe the MPP will give me the tools to pursue a career within the nonprofit or voluntary sector, specifically in the area of disability and human rights. I am deeply passionate about working in a sector that promotes equality and participation in Irish society. My goal is to use the information I gain from the Master of Public Policy at UCD to affect real change through public policy development.

 Rachel Merriman, holder of the full time 30% Club Scholarship for the Masters in Public Policy

The decarbonisation of the Energy System will play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate the impacts of Climate Change. The technical and societal challenges inherent in decarbonisation are set to be enduring challenges of the mid-21st century and ones that will require a whole of society approach, encompassing academia, industry, government, and citizens.

NexSys is a newly established All Island SFI Strategic Partnership Programme focussed upon the transition to a net zero carbon energy system. It is a unique partnership bringing together a multidisciplinary research team, industry, and policy makers to tackle fundamental research questions to be addressed as part of the transition to net Zero. Hosted by UCD Energy Institute, NexSys brings together academics from nine institutions across the Island of Ireland (UCD, TCD, DCU, ESRI, Maynooth University, UCC, NUI Galway, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast) to work together to meet the unprecedented scale and complexity of the challenges associated with the energy transition.

The PhD candidate will work on a NexSys Work Package entitled ‘Energy Justice: addressing transport & residential energy deprivation’. A just transition requires poverty-proofing next generation energy systems to address residential & transport energy deprivation. Current measures of poverty in Ireland fail to capture both residential & transport energy deprivation so the extent of vulnerability in these sectors is unknown. The carbon intensity of household energy use has not been located within a multiple deprivation framework so the impact of strategies which increase fossil fuel costs are also unknown. Rising costs may detract from the ability to pay for other essential goods. They may also exacerbate social exclusion &/ inequalities. Building on existing poverty, deprivation & energy research, the project will involve designing a new multidimensional poverty framework to include both residential & transport energy and assessing energy deprivation in Ireland along with its impacts on other forms of deprivation. It will adopt an energy justice framework to address social exclusion & inequalities. The scientific objectives are to reduce energy poverty by highlighting social groups who experience or are at risk of energy poverty; estimate the likely effects of decarbonisation strategies on these groups; identify possible redress mechanisms and contribute to residential and transport energy poverty strategies. The project will involve both qualitative and quantitative research, but expertise in quantitative data analysis is essential. We welcome applications from candidates from a range of Social Science backgrounds including Sociology, Economics, Social Policy, Public Policy, and Public Administration.


Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday April 22nd.

For more details please see the .pdf file here

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