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 PhD Track, PhD and MPhil postgraduate students in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences. Note: Masters students are not eligible to apply.

Bursaries are awarded at six-monthly intervals. The next closing date for applications is noon on Friday, 12 June 2020.  Funding in this round will cover the cost of travel that will take place between 1 July and 31 December 2020.

Please read the CACSSS  PG Travel Bursary T&C before submitting the application form  PG Travel Bursary June 2020 AND a brief letter of recommendation from your supervisor by email only to


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 1 November 2020.

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, 20 March 2020.

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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.

Please note it is the responsibilty of each applicant to ensure that their supervisors submits the report.

Completed application forms along with the Supervisor's report must be submitted by email to by noon on Friday, 24 April 2020.

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

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 

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