For Current Postgrads

Postgraduate Research Travel Bursaries

The Graduate School of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences awards a total of ten Postgraduate Research Travel Bursaries each year. The bursaries are worth up to €250 each and are designed to support research postgraduate students in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences. Note: MA students are not eligible to apply.

Bursaries are awarded at six-monthly intervals. The next closing date for applications is noon on 23 November 2018.  Funding in this round will cover the cost of travel that will take place between 1 January and 30 June 2019.

Please read the CACSSS Postgraduate Travel Bursary T&C before submitting the application form and a brief letter of recommendation from your supervisor by email only to

CACSSS Postgraduate Travel Bursary Application Form

Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships

The Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme supports suitably qualified Research Masters and Doctoral candidates pursuing or intending to pursue full-time research in any discipline. 

The next closing date for applications is expected to be in early September 2019.

Funding for Work Placement in Europe

The Erasmus+ programme funds students to spend a placement period between 2 months and 12 months in an enterprise or organisation in another EU participating country as part of a degree course.

PhD students in CACSSS can also get academic credits for work placements (at home or abroad) under training module PG7028.

More information can be found at 

PhD Essay Prize

CACSSS doctoral students are invited to submit an essay. The winner will receive €250 in prize money.  Submission deadline for 2017/2018 has now passed.

Submissions should be MAXIMUM 5,000 words long including footnotes/endnotes but excluding the bibliography and can consist of either an extract from the PhD student's thesis (adapted so that it works as a separate piece) or an independent paper. Essays should not have already been submitted elsewhere for publication. 

Essays must be formatted as follows: 12 point, Times New Roman, double-spaced with page number. A cover page should include your name, student number, contact details and the School where you are registered.

The CACSSS Graduate Studies Executive will review all submissions and will award the prize, should an essay of sufficient calibre be deemed worthy of the award. 

Essays should be submitted by email only  to

NUI Travelling Studentships

Worth up to €96,000 over 4 years.

  • Did you achieve first class honours in your Bachelor's degree from the NUI, or in a Masters degree?
  • Are you in the early stages of your PhD, or thinking about starting a PhD?
  • Would you like to spend a substantial period of your doctoral research in a reputable university overseas? 

The National University of Ireland offers 3 of these Travelling Studentships in the Humanities & Social Sciences each year.

The next closing date is Friday, 22 March 2019.

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Utrecht Network Young Researchers’ Grant

UCC is a member of the Utrecht Network (31 member institutions in 28 countries - see The Utrecht Network Young Researchers’ Grant is designed to promote and further enhance the network’s support to students and staff, as well as to broaden mobility between the network’s institutions.

Within the framework of the Young Researchers’ Grant, up to 10 scholarships of €1000 will be offered to students at Research Master’s or PhD level who might not be eligible for other scholarship programmes like ERASMUS+ (e.g. length of stay under 3 months).  Information on the scholarship and application process can be found at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 Febraury 2018. All queries and application material should be directed to Marita Foster, Deputy Director, UCC International Office, in the first instance. 

Dan David Prize Doctoral & Post-Doc Scholarship

The Dan David Prize will award 10 scholarships of US$15,000 each to advanced doctoral and postdoctoral students from universities all over the world, who are studying topics related to the following fields:

  • Past Time Dimension: Social History – New Directions
  • Present Time Dimension: Combatting Poverty
  • Future Time Dimension: Nanoscience

Applications will open again in October 2019 and more information is available here:

Murphy Irish Exchange PhD Scholarship

The Murphy Irish Exchange Program was established to promote research in Irish Studies, through a greater understanding between graduate students at UCC and the University of Notre Dame in the USA. 

The scholarship is valued at $12,000 plus two round-trip airfares (Cork-Chicago) and is open to UCC PhD students in the field of Irish Studies who will be in their second, third or fourth year only in 2019/2020 

The successful applicant will spend the full academic year from mid-August 2018 to mid-May 2019 at the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA, and will be fully integrated into its academic life and social cultures.

Murphy Irish Exchange Application Form

Murphy Irish Exchange Supervisor Report Please note it is the responsibilty of each applicant to ensure that their supervisors submits the report.

Murphy Irish Exchange Terms and Conditions

Completed application forms along with teh Supervisor's report must be submitted by email to by noon on Friday, 26 April 2019.

Previous scholarship holders (in alternating years from either institution) were:


Student Name


Research Topic


Simone O'Malley-Sutton

Asian Studies

Writers and Fighters: A Comparative Study of the Irish Literary Revival (1900-1922) with the revolutionary Chinese May Fourth Literary Era (1915-1927)


Simone O'Malley-Sutton

Asian Studies

Writers and Fighters: A Comparative Study of the Irish Literary Revival (1900-1922) with the revolutionary Chinese May Fourth Literary Era (1915-1927)


Heather Roberts, Notre Dame


‘For the Cause of our Land with a Match in his Hand’: Memory and Symbolic Violence in Modern Ireland


Dan O’Brien, UCC


‘A Piece of Fine Meshwork’: Flirtatious Intertextuality in and Between the Fictions of Philip Roth and Edna O’Brien


Aaron Willis, Notre Dame


The Implications of the Quebec Act (1774) for the Empire and the Catholic question in Britain and Ireland


Marie-Luise Theuerkauf, UCC


The Celtic Background of the Tristan Legend: The Case of Tochmarc Emire

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