The John Murphy Postgraduate Research Fellowship In Civil Engineering

At a glance

  • Value: €8,250
  • You must be an engineering graduate who proposes to proceed to the ME or PhD degree to be eligible for this scholarship
  • Questions about this scholarship can be directed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or


J. Murphy & Sons Ltd. of London funded this fellowship in 1977 to emphasise the value of research in the advancement of the practice of Civil Engineering, and to enable professional engineers to engage in research for a limited period. His object is to foster research on engineering problems, emerging in practice, which are associated with the industrial development of Ireland, and its natural resources. It is intended that the fellowship should be held by a person or persons actively concerned with the solution of engineering problems demonstrably generated by, and of major significance to, the practice of Civil Engineering in Ireland. In all cases, preference will be given to candidates whose research projects most closely accord with the letter and the spirit of this intention.

This fellowship shall be subject to the following conditions of award and tenure which have been approved both by the donor and the Governing Body:


  • The award shall be known as "The John Murphy Postgraduate Research Fellowship in Civil Engineering".
  • The fellowship, which is valued at c. €8,250, or its equivalent in real terms, and tenable at University College Cork, shall be awarded normally to an engineering graduate who proposes to proceed to the ME or PhD degree, but a senior researcher can be eligible in special circumstances. An additional €635 per annum, to be used exclusively for servicing the research involved, is granted to UCC to be applied to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • The fellowship shall be awarded by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the President of University College Cork, following consultation with the Professor(s) of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • The fellowship shall be generally tenable for one year, but it may be renewed for a further year subject to favourable progress of the holder's research. No new fellowship shall be offered for competition in any year in which the fellowship is renewed, except in the circumstances mentioned in clause 5.
  • In the event of no award being made in any particular year, a separate one year fellowship may be offered for competition in the following year.
  • Applications shall be invited, by advertisement in the normal fashion not later than 31st March of any year, for fellowship(s) tenable from the following Autumn. Applications will be considered only from those who, after graduation, have had suitable professional experience or have been engaged in teaching or research.
  • Each candidate shall submit to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, an application containing a curriculum vitae, and information on the subject or field of engineering selected for research and the candidate's present qualifications therein. It is preferable but not essential that a candidate should submit a carefully documented research project. Normally the names of two referees will be required.
  • The above conditions may be amended from time to time by the Governing Body provided that such alterations are approved in advance by the donor or his representative(s). However, in any year, any amendment shall be valid only if it has been so approved in writing on or before 31st March of that year, and duly published as provided for in clause 6.

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