Closed until 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.

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