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Employment-based PhD Scholarships

Congratulations to our 2024 Employment-based PhD Scholarship Awardees!

The Employment-based PhD Scholarship Programme for Health Science Professionals provides an opportunity for Health Science Professionals to conduct research whilst in employment.


In line with UCC Futures, UCC’s Strategic Plan 2023-2028, and the mission of Graduate Studies in CoMH, the remit of the Employment-based PhD Scholarships Programme for Health Science Professionals is to enhance and sustain excellence in graduate education in healthcare and health sciences, to deepen collaboration between researchers, clinicians, and healthcare or health sciences organisations, to increase PhD enrolment numbers and to develop pathways to widen access to programmes. The Scholarship Programme is open to those who are in full-time or part-time employment, who are excited by research and have a strong desire to enhance health research.

Announcing our 2024 Awardees! 

Scholarships under this scheme have been awarded in 2024 by the College of Medicine and Health (CoMH), APC Microbiome IrelandINFANT Research Centre and the Discipline of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy at University College Cork (UCC). 

The following awardees were selected by a panel of assessors according to criteria associated with scientific excellence, impact, the supervisory team, PhD training and supports, as well as the enthusiasm of the candidate to enhance health research:

Our 2024 Awardees

Carina O’Brien 

Senior Pharmacist, St. John’s Hospital, Limerick

Olivia Wall 

Senior Occupational Therapist, Cork/Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation, HSE

Richard Sykes 

Chief Pharmacist, Portiuncula University Hospital, Galway

Amanda Brolly *

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, University Hospital Kerry  

Gemma McCarthy *


Advanced Nurse Practitioner, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork

Margaret Noonan *

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork 

Aoife Barry **

Senior Occupational Therapist, Enable Ireland – Cork Children’s Services  

Congratulations to all involved and we look forward to innovative and fruitful research developments and collaborations between the College of Medicine and Health, UCC and healthcare or health sciences organisations.

 *Sponsored by South/South West Hospital Group, Health Service Executive

**Sponsored by INFANT Research Centre

Employment-based PhD Scholarship Awardees 2024

Further details of the projects, supervisors and employment-based mentors is available here.

Employment-based PhD Scholarships - Awardees May 2024

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