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Ad Astra PhD Scholarship Opportunity

UCD School of Sociology Ad Astra PhD Scholarship Opportunity

UCD Ad Astra PhD Scholarship

The School of Sociology at University College Dublin is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for an Ad Astra PhD Scholarship.

First established in 1854, UCD is Ireland’s largest university with almost 30,000 students, including 10,000 graduate students. It is one of the major research-intensive universities in Europe and is ranked within the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide. Further details of the University’s profile and activities are available at www.ucd.ie

The Ad Astra scheme involves students working under the supervision of an Ad Astra Fellow, a major recruitment initiative launched by University College Dublin. The Ad Astra Scholarships comprise an annual stipend of €18,000, as well as a full fee-waiver. There is also an allowance of up to €4,000 per annum for research costs. Scholarships are available for a period of up to 4 years, and renewal is subject to satisfactory progress being made. Successful applicants must meet the University’s standard PhD admission requirements and be accepted into the School of Sociology’s PhD programme.

Applications are invited in the following broad areas:

  • Gender, Alcohol and other Drug De/normalization; Gambling; and other leisure-related topics under the supervision of Dr Emeka Dumbili (emeka.dumbili@ucd.ie). Start date: January 2024.

The study should address one or more of the following areas: Gendering of alcohol/drug; Alcohol and Social Practice; Alcohol and National Identity; Gender and Youth Drinking Decline/Increase; Gender and Drinking Geographies; Intersections of Gender, Drinking body, Intoxication and Pleasure; Drug (de)normalization; Gender, Drug and Stigma; Frictions of Drug Control; Gender and Drug dealing; Gambling Cultures and Practices; Pub-based Leisure, or related topics once discussed. The choice of study context/country is open, but the successful candidate should be proficient in the language of the study area(s). The successful applicant should have a background in sociology, anthropology, criminology, or other related disciplines and should be interested in conducting a qualitative study or qualitatively driven mixed-method research.

Application details are available on the School of Sociology website https://www.ucd.ie/sociology/

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ad Astra Fellow (emeka.dumbili@ucd.ie) in the first instance to ensure that the proposed project fits within the specified area of study. For general queries about the application process, please email (opens in a new window)sociology@ucd.ie or telephone +353 (0)1 716-8674.

Closing date for applications: 30th November 2023

UCD School of Sociology

Newman Building (Room D401), University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 8263