Research Vacancies

PhD Research Scholarships

Job Posted: 07 Dec 2018
Closing Date for Applications: 28 Feb 2019
Department: Department of Economics
School: Cork University Business School
College: College of Business and Law
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: See advert for details

Department of Economics at Cork University Business School

PhD Research Scholarships

The Department of Economics in Cork University Business School at University College Cork invites applications for full-time PhD scholarships (EU fees plus €16,000 stipend, tenable for up to three years). Scholarships are open to candidates applying to register for their PhD in the Department in 2019, or who are currently registered for a PhD in the Department.

These scholarships are aimed at outstanding candidates who exceed the criteria for admission to the programme. Applicants should:

  • Satisfy the entry criteria for PhD programme at the Department of Economics in UCC – details available here (link);
  • Have the support of a supervisor or supervisors on the academic staff of the Department of Economics (it is up to the candidate to identify and contact potential supervisors in advance);
  • Submit a detailed and original research proposal, using the following format:
    • Description of project, including aims and central research questions, relationship to existing literature and proposed contribution to knowledge in the field of study (1,000 words)
    • Methodology, including theoretical framework and investigative and analytical methods (500 words)
    • Outline research plan, including organisation and scheduling of work (500 words)
    • Potential alignment of the research project with national funding organisations’ strategic research areas and indication of likely targets for competitive funding (300 words)
    • Bibliography

All applications will be considered by an expert panel. Each application will be evaluated based on the quality of the research proposal, the candidate’s record, including evidence of research ability, and the feasibility of the research project. The decision on the award of the scholarship is made by the Head of the Department of Economics, based on the advice of the expert panel. The evaluation procedure may include an interview (in person or by video call) with the Head of Department and nominees.

It is a requirement of the scholarship that successful candidates will apply for external competitive funding during the programme, and therefore the potential for securing competitive funding will also form an element of the evaluation.

Up to two scholarships may be awarded in any year.

The Department of Economics reserves the right to decline to offer scholarships to candidates who meet the criteria for admission to the PhD programme but do not, in the judgment of the reviewers, meet the scholarship award criteria set out above.

These scholarships are only available to full-time students. Scholarship holders will be expected to reside in Cork and may be required to tutor and/ or supervise practical classes  as part of their scholarship terms. The successful scholar will be required to submit their undergraduate and, if applicable, postgraduate transcripts before commencement.

The funding is for a maximum of 3 years. Successful scholars who are currently registered will receive funding for 3 years from the date of their registration (for example, scholars that have completed 1 year will receive funding for 2 years).

For queries, please contact Dr Declan Jordan at

To Apply:

Applications should be submitted by email (one pdf file only) before 5pm on February 28th, 2019 to The submitted application should include a completed form and a curriculum vitae of no more than 2 pages.

In the case of applicants where English is not your first language, you must also provide evidence that you meet the English proficiency criteria for entry to postgraduate study set by the College of Business and Law and available here: In addition the Department may seek to interview candidates to confirm English language proficiency.

Download Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form

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