UCD Iseult Honohan Doctoral Scholarship 2020-21

Deadline: Wednesday, 31 March 2021 at 5pm GMT

The scholarship is now closed for applications - text below for information only

The overall aim of the scholarship is to attract applicants of the highest academic standards to participate in a PhD programme in the School of Politics and International Relations, and provide them with the training, experience and mentorship necessary to their professional development.

We welcome applications from all areas of the discipline including political science, political theory, international relations, European governance, computational social science, development and international political economy.

The UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) is the oldest and largest school of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, UCD School of Politics and International Relations is ranked in the top 100 in the world.

The scholarship is named after Dr Iseult Honohan, one of the first female PhD graduates from the (then) Department of Ethics and Politics. She retired from teaching in 2015 after over 25 years of service to UCD as one of the leading academics in normative political theory.


* Due to the Covid crisis-related last minute cancellation of the 2019-20 scholarship scheme, students who were admitted for a September 2020 start are also allowed to apply


This scholarship:

  • Covers full fees
  • Provides a living stipend of 17,000 euro per year for up to four years
  • Is open to EU and non-EU applicants

Application Process

Applications will only be considered when the documentation below, including references, has been emailed to dara.gannon@ucd.ie
Incomplete applications will not be eligible.

The following application process is for applicants to the PhD Politics and International Relations PhD Program. 
Applicants to the European Law and Governance, Complex Systems and Computational Sciences and Quantitative Social Sciences programmes should follow the application procedure for the relevant programme and reference in the cover letter that they are interested in the Honohan Doctoral Scholarship.

  1. Application Form (fillable Word doc)
  2. Cover letter, which should include that you wish to be considered for the Honohan scholarship. 
  3. Thesis proposal (3-5 pages maximum)
  4. Copies of all Academic Transcripts (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
  5. C.V. or Resume (2 pages maximum)
  6. Evidence of English language competence, where non-native English speaking applicants have NOT obtained previous university degrees from a university in an English-speaking country. For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved  the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure. The overall result should be at least 110 with a minimum score of 100 in each subscore. Click on the link below for further details
    English Language Requirements
  7. Two academic references: These should be sent directly by the referees to dara.gannon@ucd.ie with the applicant's name in the Subject field. Actual letters (on headed institutional paper) preferred. If sent by email, they must be from an institutional email address. SPIRe reserves the right to verify all references. Sending only the contact details of referees is not sufficient. References must be received by the scholarship deadline in order for the application to be considered
  • Please note: Given the current university closure due to Covid19, all references should be sent via email. Do not send by post.

Awards will be primarily based on the academic track record of the applicants and the academic merits of the proposal, but social relevance and fit with the school will also be taken into account.

For your information: A list of SPIRe academics and their research areas. 

This documentation should be emailed to Ms Dara Gannon (dara.gannon@ucd.ie). 

The submission of original academic transcripts and other documentation will be required as a condition of the final award of a place on the programme.

You may also be requested to conduct a Skype interview as part of the application process.

For those interested in the scholarship, applications to the PhD programme should be submitted by 5pm GMT on 31st March 2021.

Enrolment for all PhD students is in September 2021 only.  

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