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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 2018 and more information will be available here closer to the time.

Postgraduate Research Travel Bursaries

The Graduate School of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences awards 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.

Bursaries are awarded at six-monthly intervals. The next closing date for applications is 27 November 2017.  Funding in this round will cover the cost of travel that will take place between 1 January and 30 June 2018.

Please read the Travel Bursary Terms and Conditions November 2017 before submitting the application form and a letter of recommendation from your supervisor by email only to


Postgraduate Travel Bursary Application Form November 2017 

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

Erasmus Grant to Study Abroad

UCC is an active participant in the Erasmus+ programme, which allows students registered at UCC to complete a study period at a partner institution in the EU and to obtain full academic credit for so doing. UCC has partner institutions in virtually all countries of the EU. 

Whilst Erasmus students are not charged for tuition at the host institution, they will need to budget for flights, food, accommodation and other general expenses. The Erasmus grant is intended as a contribution to the overall cost of the year abroad. Students thinking of participating in the ERASMUS programme should weigh up the cost factor against the inestimable value of living and studying in a European university in terms of their personal and academic development.

The career benefits of having completing a period abroad have been well documented. Recent studies prove that employers are likely to be particularly impressed by graduates who have shown that they possess the curiosity, strength of character and adaptability to obtain at least part of their education at a foreign university. Therefore, the Erasmus experience may be seen as giving a competitive advantage in the workplace to graduates who have been fortunate enough to avail of the programme.

For more information on the Erasmus Grant see 

For more information on the Erasmus Study Abroad Programme in general, see

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 for 2017 has passed.  Application will open again in January 2018.

More information from

NUI Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship in Education

This is an annual Scholarship in Education, funded by a bequest from the late Dr Mary L Thornton. Open to NUI graduates, the Scholarship is intended to encourage postgraduate research within NUI in the field of education.  NUI would wish, through the Scholarship, to encourage research related to Irish higher education and accordingly, preference will be given to applications in this area. However, applications will be accepted in relation to projects in any area of educational research.

This competition is open to doctoral students in the field of Education in a constituent university, recognised college or college linked with a constituent university of NUI. Candidates must be holders of an NUI degree (i.e. bachelors or masters degree).

Application forms and regulations can be downloaded from here  The closing date for 2017 has passed.


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 normally in October each year. 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 2018 and more information is available here:



Murphy Irish Exchange PhD Scholarship

Next application date will be Spring 2018

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 in 2018/2019. 

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.

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)


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


For 2017-2018 the award will go to a student from Notre Dame University. 

Applications from UCC students will be accepted in Spring 2018, for proposed travel in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Murphy Irish Exchange Program Application Form

Murphy Irish Exchange Program Referee Report Form

External Funding

  • University of Cambridge Caroline Clapham IELTS master’s award: Closing date: 30 Jun 17  (Forecast)
  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers Predoctoral research grant: Closing date: 01 Jul 17  (Forecast)
  • National Association for Gifted Children NAGC doctoral student award: Closing date: 31 Aug 17
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Dance your PhD: Closing date: 30 Sep 17  (Forecast)


University of Cambridge

Caroline Clapham IELTS master’s award: Closing date: 30 Jun 17  (Forecast)

The University of Cambridge, under the Cambridge English Language Assessment and in collaboration with IELTS Australia and the British Council, invites submissions for the Caroline Clapham IELTS master’s award. This is awarded for the master’s-level dissertation or thesis in English that makes the most significant contribution to the field of language testing.

Submissions must be supported by a letter from the applicant’s supervisor and dissertations must have been submitted and approved in 2015.

The award is worth £1,000.

Deadline information: !! Call has not yet been announced by funder, but this is the approximate deadline we expect. Extracts and references due 30 June; full copies of shortlisted dissertations due 31 August 2015.  This call is repeated once a year.

Posted date: 14 Dec 15

Award type: Prizes

Award amount max: £1,000



Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Predoctoral research grant: Closing date: 01 Jul 17  (Forecast)

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers invites applications for its predoctoral research grant. This supports research on the causes and treatment of sexual offending, including research on the assessment, management and treatment of identified sexual offenders, on the assessment of risk for re-offending and on the treatment of the victims of sexual abuse. During the current granting cycle, ATSA is especially interested in research proposals that target the causes of sexually abusive behaviour, the identification of characteristics that predispose individuals to perpetrate such abuse and the investigation of the optimal intervention methods for preventing the occurrence of sexual abuse.

The total amount of grant money available is US$15,000. Applications requesting any amount up to this limit will be considered. More than one application can be funded until the full US$15,000 has been awarded.

Deadline information: !! Call has not yet been announced by funder, but this is the approximate deadline we expect. This call is repeated once a year.

Award type: Young investigator awards, Directed grants for individual investigators, Predoctoral fellowships

Award amount max: USD 15,000

Award budget total: USD 15,000


Application form:


National Association for Gifted Children

NAGC doctoral student award: Closing date: 31 Aug 17

The National Association for Gifted Children invites nominations for its doctoral student award. The award is presented to doctoral students who have demonstrated exemplary work in research, publications and educational service, as well as their potential for future scholarship. University faculty members are invited to nominate candidates for this award. Nominees must be enrolled in a doctoral-level training programme focusing on the education of the gifted and talented, or have been graduated from such a programme since January 2013.

A maximum of five prizes, each including a cheque and one-year membership, will be awarded.

Deadline information: This call is repeated once a year.

Posted date: 19 Apr 13

Award type: Prizes


Application form:


American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dance your PhD: Closing date: 30 Sep 17  (Forecast)

Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science invite applications for its dance your PhD contest. The prizes recognise the best online videos of PhD theses interpreted in dance form.

PhD students in physics, chemistry, biology or social sciences may submit a video.

The cash prizes are USD 500 for each category and an additional USD 500 for the overall winner.

Deadline information: !! Call has not yet been announced by funder, but this is the approximate deadline we expect. Videos are due by 11.59 EST. This call is repeated once a year.

Award type: Prizes, Student awards, Publish, edit, translate, disseminate

Award amount max: USD 1,000

Award amount min: USD 500

Award budget total: USD 2,500


Application form:



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