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UCD Iseult Honohan Doctoral Scholarship

UCD Iseult Honohan Doctoral Scholarship 2024

Deadline: Friday 9th February 2024 at 5pm GMT

The aim of the scholarship is to attract applicants of the highest academic calibre to pursue a PhD in the UCD School of Politics and International Relations, and to 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 2023, 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.


  • Continuing students, students with a non-September start, students with a supervisor outside of SPIRe or students transferring only part of their PhD studies to UCD are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade of 2.1 (GPA: 3.6) in a relevant Master's degree.


This scholarship:

  • Covers full fees
  • Provides a living stipend of €25,000 per year for up to four years
  • Is open to EU and non-EU applicants

Application Process

Applications will only be considered if the full documentation, as outlined by the relevant programme's application procedure, has been emailed to (opens in a new window)dara.gannon@ucd.ie by the scholarship deadline. 
Incomplete applications will not be eligible.(opens in a new window)

For the PhD Politics and International Relations application procedure, click here

For the PhD Quantitative and Computational and Social Science application procedure, click here

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 9th February 2024

Enrolment for all PhD students is in September 2024 only.  

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)

School Office: G301, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.