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:


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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 ( 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.