Funding Opportunities

Boyle Scholarship in German

Boyle Postgraduate Scholarship in German

Mrs. Ita Kirwan, daughter of the late Professor Connell Boyle, formerly Professor of Agriculture and Dean of the Faculty of Dairy Science in UCC, and Professor Mary Boyle, formerly Professor of German in UCC, has donated a substantial sum of money to perpetuate the memory of her parents by endowing 

The Boyle Postgraduate Scholarship in German.

The following conditions apply:

  • The award shall be termed "The Boyle Postgraduate Scholarship in German".
  • The Scholarship shall be offered annually and shall be open for competition among suitably qualified graduates of University College Cork of not more than two years standing as a postgraduate in the subject German.
  • The general arrangement for the competition and the adjudication thereof shall be made by a Board consisting of the Registrar and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the Head of the Department of German and the Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.
  • The successful candidate shall register for a higher degree in German at a University or other recognised third level institution.
  • The current value of the Scholarship is c. €2,500 and shall be tenable for one year.
  • This Scholarship will be paid monthly via payroll over the academic session.

Formal Requirements

The student must be a registered postgraduate student at the Department of German (MA Translation Studies (including German as one subject), MA Languages and Cultures (planning to focus on a German topic for the thesis), MA Applied Linguistics (planning to focus on a German topic for the thesis), PhD).

Applicants should submit by 01.09.2017 an academic CV, transcript of previous degree, plus a one page abstract of a proposed thesis plan / research project (with select bibliography) to the Sekretariat, Department of German, by 4pm.

Applicants may be subsequently invited for interview. 

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Current open calls

Current open calls for research funding in the humanities and social sciences

  1. European Research Council
  2. COST
  3. EC Culture Programme
  4. Marie Curie Fellowships
  5. Modern Humanities Research Association Conference Grants
  6. List of current visiting fellowship and collaboration calls
  7. European Research Council – upcoming calls
  8. Look out for the upcoming ERC Starter and Advanced Grant Calls here



COST brings together researchers and experts in different countries working on specific topics. COST does not fund research itself, but supports networking activities such as meetings, conferences, short term scientific exchanges and outreach activities. COST Actions are networks centred around nationally funded research projects in a particular field. These are a good starting point for the development of consortia for FP7 projects. Proposals should include researchers from a minimum of five COST countries. On average, are worth around €100,000 annually over four years.


European Commission Culture Programme

The European Commission Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency has launched calls for proposals under the Culture Programme, the EU’s main funding Programme for cultural activities.
The Programme has been established ‘to enhance the cultural area shared by Europeans, which is based on a common cultural heritage, through the development of cooperation activities among cultural operators from countries taking part in the Programme, with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship’.
The Programme has three specific objectives:
promotion of the trans-national mobility of people working in the cultural sector
support for the trans-national circulation of cultural and artistic works and products
promotion of inter-cultural dialogue.
There are a number of different strands. Universities along with other cultural operators are eligible to apply.

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Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF)

This action provides financial support for advanced training and trans-national mobility, for a period of 12 to 24 months (full-time equivalent), for individual projects presented by experienced researchers active in Member States or associated countries in liaison with a host organisation from another Member State or associated country. The research topic will be chosen by the researcher in collaboration with the host, with a view to achieving a diversification of competences and developing his/her career in a European context.

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Marie Curie International Incoming (IIF) and Outgoing (IOF) Fellowships

Incoming Fellowships aim to reinforce the research excellence of the Member States and the associated countries through knowledge sharing with incoming top-class researchers active in an other third country to work on research projects in Europe, with the view to developing mutually beneficial research co-operation between Europe and an other third country. Other third countries are countries which are neither EU Member States nor third countries associated to FP7 (associated countries).
Outgoing Fellowships aim to reinforce the international dimension of the career of European researchers by giving them the opportunity to be trained and acquire new knowledge in a high-level organisation active in research, established in an other third country (outgoing phase). Subsequently, these researchers will return with the acquired knowledge and experience to an organisation in a Member State or associated country.

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Modern Humanities Research Association Conference Grants

The Modern Humanities Research Association intends to make up to ten grants of up to £1,500 p.a. each to support conferences or colloquia within the field of medieval and modern European languages and literatures (including English) held in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and organised by academics based at UK or Irish institutions. There will be two application rounds in the calendar year with up to five grants awarded in each round; the schedules for 2012 are set out below.
Application deadline: 31st July 2012; Decisions expected by: end of September 2012; For conferences taking place between: 1st March 2013 and 30th September 2013.
The awards will not be made to individuals to attend conferences, but to the organizers of conferences to provide assistance with organizational support and/or the travel and subsistence costs of certain participants, including postgraduate students.

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Spencer Foundation Small Grants

The Spencer Foundation invites applications for its small research grants programme. The programme supports high quality investigation of education through its research programmes. The foundation supports work that may contribute to improvement of education around the world. The specific areas of inquiry are: the relation between education and social opportunity; organisational learning in schools, school systems and higher education institutions; teaching, learning and instructional resources; purposes and values of education.
See also the New Civics Small Strategic Grants Fund. Principal investigators must have earned a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession and must be affiliated with an institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. Proposals will be accepted from the US and. Small grants are worth up to US$40,000 each.

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Visiting Fellowships and International Collaboration

National University of Singapore

Applications are invited for (Senior) Research Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) for commencement between June/July 2013 or December 2013/January 2014.
Applications for One-Year Visiting (Senior) Research Fellowship are also invited for commencement between April, July or October 2013.    
The positions are intended for outstanding active researchers from around the world, to work on an important piece of research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged.  Up to three months of a 12-month fellowship may be spent conducting fieldwork in the Asian region.

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New York Public Library Fellowships, US

The library is a resource for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, and sports. The Cullman Center’s selection committee awards 15 fellowships a year. Each fellow receives a stipend of US$65,000 and must reside at the Cullman Center for the duration of the fellowship term, which runs from September through May.



  • See the CACSSS homepage for other funding opportunities: UCC Funding
  • The German Academic Exchange Programme DAAD

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