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Creative Connections

Creative Connections Project


Inviting Postgraduate researchers in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences to connect with each other, and with PhDs and Masters’ level researchers from other institutions on creative and academic one-off projects. Also calling on postgraduate researchers from beyond the College (locally, nationally, internationally) to make connections with the CACSSS doctoral researchers (listed on the webpage).


Anyone from within the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences or beyond may begin the conversation to plan an event. Connections must be made with at least one doctoral researcher listed on the CACSSS Doctoral Researchers webpage, and that person will act as the Principal Applicant.


For nine months of each academic year, every six to eight weeks, the Graduate School will launch a Creative Connections initiative on the Doctoral Researchers Webpage. An award of up to €600 will go to a group of doctoral researchers who propose an exciting collaborative project between doctoral researchers from different departments, schools, colleges, or from another university. Existing projects, or established events that have been held in the past, are eligible for support, although it is strongly recommended that an innovative and novel aspect be introduced to these. Proposals might include any of the following (among other possibilities):

  • Extramural events might include: performances, interviews, guest talks, exhibitions, readings, presentations, site-specific installations, and more;
  • Small conferences or symposia;
  • Guest speakers, creatives, performers, or researchers of significant stature in their field;
  • Launches of events, or events themselves, with substantial potential for media attention or institutional outreach impact.


Applicants must adhere to the following conditions:

  • The Principal Applicant must be a CACSSS-registered doctoral researcher at the time of submission, and must have obtained approval from her/his Lead Supervisor as a part of the submission process;
  • The Principal Applicant must download, complete and sign the Creative Connections Application Form
  •  Applications must be submitted to the CACSS Graduate School ( on or before 12 noon on the date given on the Doctoral Researchers Webpage (see banner);
  • The proposed event must be held before the end of the academic year in which the application is made;
  • The Principal Applicant must ensure that appropriate Purchase Orders have been agreed, and set up by the Graduate School for all monies allocated (these will cover, primarily, elements for which UCC normally covers expenses: travel, catering, printing, etc.);
  • The Principal Applicant must acknowledge CACSSS and the Graduate School in all literature circulated to publicise the event; 
  • Applicants may submit, and potentially win, no more than two proposals in a given academic year.


Submissions will be evaluated, and awards offered, according to the following guidelines:

  • The Vice Head of College (Graduate Studies) will oversee adjudication of the submissions, with a selection panel comprising representatives from the Graduate Studies and Research and Innovation The members should represent the main blocks of academic research activity within the college: arts/humanities, social sciences, and arts (practice).
  •  Applications with be scored on four categories:
    • Innovation and originality [30 marks];
    • Feasibility and organisation [20 marks];
    • Strength of the proposal [20 marks];
    • Potential for impact within and beyond the university [30 marks].
  •  The Vice Head of College (Graduate Studies) will ensure the announcement of results for each round within six weeks of the submission deadline;
  • The Vice Head of College (Graduate Studies) will write a short report on each of the submissions adjudicated, and deemed unsuccessful, which will be provided to the Principal Applicant within two months of the date of posting of awards;
  •  Offers will be made subject to approval by the Head of College.

For queries on the application procedure or the Creative Connections - Terms and Conditions of the award, please contact Ms Karen Coughlan at

College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Graduate School, Room G26A, Ground Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, UCC