Graduate Research and Innovations Fund Successful Candidates, October 2018

The most recent round of the College of Social Sciences and Law Graduate School’s Graduate Research and Innovation Fund awardees are listed below:

  • Mr Saeed Alharbi, School of Geography was awarded towards €750 to attend the 3rd International Sumposium on Flash Floods in Muscat, Oman, December 2017.
  • Mr Luca Banfi, School of Philosophy was awarded €450 to present at the Change & Change-makers. New Perspectives on the Problem of Persistence”, University of Cologne, September 2018.
  • Ms Deirdre Bennett, School of Education received €450 towards presenting at the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Humboldt University, Berlin, August 2018.
  • Ms Geraldine Boland, School of Psychology, was awarded €450 towards expenses incurred presenting International Assoc of Scientific Study of Intellectual & Development Disabilities, Athens, July 2018.
  • Mr Niall Buckley, School of Geography, €750 to presenting the 10th International Conference on Urban Climates. New York, August 2018.
  • Dr Tom Burke, School of Psychology, €250 towards the British Neuropsychological Society’s conference in London, April 2018.
  • Mr Tarcisio Carvalho, School of Politics & International Relations, €578.34 towards expenses incurring presenting the 76th Annual Midwest Political Science Association conference, Chicago, April 2018.
  • Ms Nerilee Ceatha, School of Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice, €750 in order to presenting at the Social Work & Sexualities Conference, Montreal, August 2018.
  • Mr Aonghus Cheevers, Sutherland School of Law, €250 towards expenses incurred presenting at Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, 27-29 March 2018.
  • Ms Aoife Crummy, School of Education, €250 towards presenting at ”Society & the Sea: The Values of the Coasts & the Ocean for Sustainable Development”, University of Greenwich, September 2018.
  • Ms Ruth Ferris, School of Education, €450 towards presenting at the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Humboldt University, Berlin, August 2018.
  • Ms Louise FitzGerald, School of Politics & International Relations, €500 towards expenses incurred organising a panel for the Political Ecology Network, POLLEN18, in Oslo, June 2018.
  • Mr David Hayes, School of Psychology, €750 to present at the Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image’s Annual Conference, Montana, June 2018.
  • Ms Claire Howlin, School of Psychology, €450 to present at the 10th Triennial European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Vienna, July 2018
  • Ms Niamh Kelly, School of Archaeology, €450 to expenses incurred presenting at Archaeology for the People conference, Lithuania, 13-15 September 2018.
  • Ms Grainne McKeever, School of Sociology, €750 for expenses incurred presenting at the International Sociological Association World Congress, Toronto, July 2018.
  • Ms Ailbhe McKinney, School of Psychology, €450 towards expenses presenting at the 41st European Conference on Visual Perception, Trieste, August 2018.
  • Ms Emma Mathias, School of Politics & International Relations, €750 to present at the at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, August 2018.
  • Mr Conor Morris, School of Philosophy, €450 to present at the 3rd European Pragmatist Conference, University of Helsinki, June 2018.
  • Ms Varsa Eswara Murthy, School of Psychology, €450 to present at the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy & Contextual Behaviour Science conference, Poznan, May 2018.
  • Mr Ryan Nolan, School of Sociology, €750 to present at the the ASN World Convention, New York, May 2018.
  • Mr Padraic O hEadhra, School of Psychology, €450 to present at the 5th IASSIDD Europe Congress, Athens, July 2018.
  • Ms Oluromade Olusa, School of Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice, €250 towards presenting at the Social Work & Social Work Education & Social Development Conference, July 2018
  • Mr David Stone, School of Archaeology, €600 to present at the 10th Anniversary of the International Young Archaeologist conference, Georgia, May 2018
  • Mr Zizhen Wang, School of Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice, €450 to present at the XXXVIII Sunbelt 2018 Conference, Utrecht, 26 June – 1 July 2018.
  • Ms Man Wing Wong, School of Economics, €450 to present at the International Migration, Integration & Social Cohesion conference, Barcelona, July 2018.

March 2018



Graduate Research and Innovations Fund, General Information

The next call will be made in March 2018.

Grants of between €100 and €1000 may be made available by the College of Social Sciences & Law to support the educational, training and research endeavours of graduate research students within the Graduate School. Such funds may be applied to (but are not restricted to):

  • Participation at professional academic conferences (in Ireland and overseas) at which the student is presenting a paper (as sole or co-author) or poster.
  • Participation in professional academic workshops, symposia, summer schools or Master Classes at other university or research institutions to which the student has applied and been accepted and which are deemed appropriate by that student’s DSP.
  • Support for graduate student initiatives in organising graduate workshops, symposia or Master Classes to be held at UCD.
  • Support for the purchase of research infrastructure (software licences etc) only where such purchase will result in a net gain to the graduate community as a whole. Co-funding (from School, thematic programme and/or external agency) is a pre-condition for the consideration of such applications.
  • The event for which funding is being awarded must take place within six months before and six months after the submission deadline for the grant. Exceptions to this are only granted under very exceptional circumstances.
  • The fund cannot support basic research functions necessary to the research project itself such as field research, data gathering, data analysis etc. Applications to purchase personal computers, laptops or books cannot be accepted.

The following conditions apply to applications for the above:

  • All applicants must be fully registered graduate research students whose primary supervisor is a staff member of a School within the College of Social Sciences & Law at the time of claim.
  • All applicants must be in satisfactory fee status at the time of claim.
  • Incomplete and/or unsigned applications will not be considered.
  • Notification of awards will be made publicly on the Graduate School web site no later than 10 working days after the deadline.
  • A letter will be sent care of the applicant’s School confirming whether the applicant has been successful or not.
  • Claims must be submitted within one month from the date of the event for which the award has been made, or within one month of the award, whichever is later, otherwise this award will be disallowed. Claims should be submitted to the address below.
  • Claimants must submit their own claims. Claims should not be put through by a third party.
  • Please fill in as much detail as possible so that the Grif committee is able to assess the application to its best potential.
  • One application per event is required.
  • If the application is for a School organised conference, evidence of support from the School should be provided.
  • Please provide extra details if the application is to attend a workshop,

At least two calls for applications under the GRIF are made each year (October and April). A template for such applications is provided and completed applications must be signed by a member of the student’s DSP/MRP. Each application will be judged under specific criteria by a subcommittee nominated by the Graduate School Board. The Graduate School Director shall chair the subcommittee. The subcommittee’s decision is final.

In respect of applications for various categories of travel grant – and for indicative purposes only – the maximum likely award for Ireland-based events will be €250; for comparable events elsewhere in Europe, €500; and for exceptional overseas events, €750. All expenses (travel, subsistence, registration fees) must be specified in advance and itemised and evidenced by way of receipts on return. No funding will be made for non-receipted expenses and no advances may be paid. Students must submit original receipts and boarding pass stubs (if available) for reimbursement.

The selection criteria will be assessed on the value for money, impact to the applicant, School and College along with the quality of the application.

All claims for which the grant is sought must be submitted within one month to the CCSL Graduate School after the event takes place, or within one month of the award, whichever is later, otherwise they will be disallowed.

All recipients of GRIF support for presenting papers at professional academic conferences will be automatically included as applicants to submit their paper at the annual College of Social Sciences & Law Graduate Research Symposium and/or College-sponsored PhD roundtables.

Applicants must sign that they have read and accept the terms and conditions of the Graduate Research & Innovation Fund.

Download ‌Grif Template to Seek Funding 2018 (MS Word) 

Download Grif Terms and conditions 2018 (MS Word)

Applications should be sent by hard copy and email by 1pm on Friday 23rd March 2018 to:

Ms Margaret Brindley
Graduate School Manager
D111 Newman Building
Tel: +353 1 716 8268
Email: margaret.brindley@ucd.ie

Incomplete and late applications will not be processed.

Enda Murphy
Director, College of Social Sciences & Law Graduate School


Past Award Winners