Employment-based PhD Scholarships for Health Science Professionals

Research Funding Opportunities

Research funding may be sought from national funding bodies, the main bodies being the Health Research Board (HRB), the Irish Research Council (IRC), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the National University of Ireland and the Universities Ireland North/South Scholarship scheme; from international funding bodies, including the European Commission through the Horizon Europe programme, Wellcome, and the US National Institute of Health (NIH) (subject to eligibly of any particular grant), and through charities and societies in a particular disease or research area, such as and The Irish Cancer Society and Breakthrough Cancer Research. 

These funding bodies put out calls (grants) for proposals which may be ‘top-down’, where the research idea is predetermined in order to address a particular policy or grand challenge, or ‘bottom-up’, where you are free to propose any research idea. Calls may or may not be aimed at a particular career stage. They may for open to a single applicant or an applicant team (consortium). For example, Fellowships are for single applicants and focus of the individual’s career development as much as the research idea. Keep an eye on their websites for open and upcoming calls. Research Professional is a one-stop-shop where you can find all available grants from every funding body or society.   

The funding landscape is complicated and difficult to navigate, so don’t hesitate to seek help from Ashleigh, the CoMH RMA (research management/administration) on ashleigh.byrne@ucc.ie 

Relevant current and forthcoming travel bursaries





Fulbright Ireland-USA  

Fulbright Irish Student Awards 

Grants for Irish citizens, or E.U. citizens resident in ROI for 3+ years, to complete postgraduate research in the U.S. for a period of 4 months, up to 12 months. Awardees can go to the U.S. to complete a Masters or PhD at a U.S. institution, or conduct research as part of a current postgraduate program in Ireland or the E.U.  

OPEN Aug 2022 

Travel Bursaries

Annual travel bursaries are offered through the Fulbright Irish Awards. Travel bursaries are also offered through professional colleges or specialist societies, available according to the area of study, so it is worth looking into what may be on offer within your field.  

Relevant current and forthcoming grants






Employment-based PhD Scholarships

Funding for a 4-year full-time or 6-year part-time PhD for those who are in full-time or part-time employment outside of UCC in a healthcare or health sciences organisation, business, company/industry, higher education institution, registered charity, or not-for-profit civic organisation or semi-state commercial organisation. Further guidelines can be found here, and the application form can be dowloaded from here

Feb 11 2022 

Irish Cancer Society 

Translational Research Scholarship Programme 2022 

Funding for a 4-year PhD for excellent biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, life sciences or medicine graduates. Proposed projects can be in any of the following areas: a) translational biomedical research, b) clinical trials, c) survivorship, or d) strategic priorities of the ICS.  

EOI*: Feb 22 2022 

Irish Cancer Society 

Social Science, Nursing, and Allied Health Research Scholarship Programme 2022 

Funding for a 4-year PhD for excellent graduates from nursing, allied health and social sciences. Proposed projects must be aligned with the Irish Cancer Society Strategy (2020-2025) and research roadmap 

EOI*: Feb 22 2022 


Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) 

PhD fellowship for medical students who are enrolled in the early stages of Higher Specialist Training; on an approved run-through Basic Specialist Training Higher Specialist Training programme or have applied for entry onto an approved Higher Specialist Training programme. The ICAT Programme combines clinical and academic training, leading to BOTH a PhD and CCST/CCT.  

OPENING April 2022 

*EOI = expression of interest. An initial short application which, if selected, precedes a full application.  

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