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Students - Apply here

The UCC CARL initiative has a number of projects available for students to undertake as part of their undergraduate (Final Year project) or postgraduate (Masters) research projects for the coming academic year. Download the document from here.

Need more detail?
Further information for students interested in engaged in a CARL research project is available here or by clicking on the "Student Researchers" link on the right.

Selection criteria for students:

  • Students must have an average grade score of 60% or higher (previous year’s results or from 1st year of Masters) and get a letter of recommendation from their tutor to apply to undertake one of these projects. Please attach the tutor/academic staff member’s recommendation to this application form.
  • Students may be interviewed by the CARL coordinator to gather further information to facilitate the matching of civil society organisations and students.
  • Certain projects may be allocated to more than one student.
  • Students should familiarise themselves with the background information on the CARL research process on the website (see forms section) before making an application.

Please send your completed application  to and send a copy also by email to your tutor/ supervisor. You can download the application form by clicking on the "Relevant Forms" link on the right. DO NOT under any circumstances contact the civil society organisation (CSO) directly!

Community & Voluntary Organisations - Apply here

We are looking to partner with community and voluntary groups for new projects! Click here for more information on how to apply to do a piece of research with CARL ---> CARL Call for New Projects

If your organisation is interested in submitting a research question to CARL, we ask you to keep a number of factors in mind when writing your question:

  • Does your question have identifiable goals and targets?
  • What amount of research hours would be required to reach those?
  • How will this research best benefit your organisation?

Once your organisation has decided on a research question, the next step is to contact us. We have no closing dates for applications, but please note that the University has a set time for the submission of project titles (end October) so any time-bound projects should aim to be submitted by early August. The CARL Advisory Group typically meets in early September to review the submitted proposals and ensure they align with the CARL Criteria for Acceptance of Projects (see FAQ) and to review the feasibility of the proposal. Accepted proposals will be circulated to students when they begin their courses at the end of September. 

Please note that there may be some restrictions relating to the project (see FAQ).

We welcome applications from any of the following community and voluntary groups (if you are unsure, contact us anyway!): groups who are non-governmental, non-profit, not representing commercial interests, and/or are pursuing a common purpose in the public interest. These groups include: trade unions, NGOs, professional associations, voluntary groups, charities, grass-roots organisations, organisations that involve citizens in local and municipal life, churches and religious committees, and so on.

Community or voluntary organisations should email Anna Kingston, CARL Coordinator, at to seek advice on their proposal. The project proposal submission form is available here.

Need more detail?
Further information for community or voluntary organisations interested in engaged in a CARL research project is available here or by clicking on the "Communuity Partner" link on the right.

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