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

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, 23 March 2018.

More information from

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 2018 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 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.

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, 27 April 2018.

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

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 each year

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: 30 April 2018

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



National Association for Gifted Children

NAGC Scholar award: Closing date: 18 March 2018

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.

Deadline information: This call is repeated once a year.

Award type: Prizes



American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dance your PhD: Closing date: 29 Sep 18 (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: USD 500


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