School of Applied Social Studies MPhil/ PhD Scholarship

MPhil/ PhD Scholarship 2022

Applications are invited from candidates who wish to carry out original social science research for the degree of PhD (or MPhil as a pathway to a PhD) in the School of Applied Social Studies at University College Cork in any of the following areas:

Social Policy; Social Work; Youth Work; Community Work; the Irish Welfare State; Human Rights; Gender Equality; Mothering; Sexuality; Health; Disability; Ageing; Dementia Care; Migration; Childhood and Youth; Housing; Homelessness and Social Planning; Conflict Resolution. 

Other related areas could also be considered.  Candidates should present proposals to conduct original research that will contribute to current social scientific debates in any of the areas above.  Applicants should have at least a Second Class Honours (Grade 1) first degree or Master’s degree in a relevant social sciences discipline.

One Scholarship is available in the form of a fee waiver of up to €5,900 per annum, for 3 years.

The successful applicant will be supervised by staff members in the School of Applied Social Studies and will be (primarily) located in the School of Applied Social Studies. The successful applicant will also apply through the normal procedures for acceptance onto the PhD programme at the School of Applied Social Studies. See: Applicants are advised to make their application to by no later than Friday, 4th February, 2022.

The successful candidate will also become an MPhil/PhD Scholar of the School of Applied Social Studies University College Cork.

Information about the School of Applied Social Studies: The School of Applied Social Studies plays a crucial role in fulfilling the social science research mandate of the University. Since its establishment in 1990, the School has developed a national and international reputation for social science research, which reflects the challenges and changes in contemporary Irish society in both European and global contexts. The School has a very active research community including academics and students at all levels.  It is situated in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, which offers PhD programmes in 25 specialist areas, has over 300 doctoral students, and provides a wide range of activities and training through its Graduate School. See:

Applications are invited from students who will commence a PhD (or MPhil as a pathway to a PhD) programme in April 2022 in University College Cork (maximum 3 years funding). For information on UCC’s structured PhD see:

Applicants should read the Terms and Conditions before applying.

Enquiries should be directed to Elizabeth Kiely (Chair of the School Graduate Studies Committee) at

Closing date for receipt of applications and all relevant supporting materials: Friday, 4th February 2022



MPhil/ PhD Application Form and Accompanying Documentation

Application Form and Checklist: MPhil/ PhD Scholarship Application Form and Checklist

Referee's Report Form: Referee's Report Form

Scholarship Terms and Conditions: School MPhil/ PhD Scholarship Terms and Conditions


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