Scholarships and Funding

College of Science, Engineering & Food Science Doctoral Travel Bursaries

The Graduate School in the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science offers a number of Travel Bursaries for students currently registered for a postgraduate doctoral degree (PhD) in the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science.

The purpose of these awards is twofold:

  • To enable students to present their work at an international conference
  • To facilitate the training of students who wish to acquire skills that are essential for their academic development, but which they cannot otherwise receive in UCC.

PhD student applicants can apply for up to €500 in financial support that may be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation and registration fees for relevant conferences or training courses.

It is anticipated that the College will award up to 8 Student Travel Bursaries, which will cover activities taking place between 1st October 2019 and 30th September 2020


Application guidelines, selection criteria and the application form can be found here: SEFS PG Travel Bursary-Application Form-2019_2020-September-call

The closing date for receipt of first-round completed application forms is 7th December 2019 @ 4 pm



Lilly Research Scholarship 2018-2019

Available to EU and International (Non-EU) Applicants

 UCC invites applications for the first Lilly Research Scholarships which have been established to promote research in one of the following disciplines:

  • Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Biotechnology related areas
  • Chemical Engineering

These scholarships aim to support students and integrate them into the academic, social and cultural aspects of University College Cork.  The scholarships are targeted at high performing students proposing to undertake impactful research, possibly of an inter-disciplinary nature, at the highest level in the broad areas of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biotechnology related areas, and Chemical Engineering under a supervisor or supervision team with significant experience in the area.




Application Form

Further Information 


Lauritzon Food Research Scholarship 2018 -2019

Available to EU and Non-EU applicants.

Applications are invited for the Lauritzon Food Research Scholarship, details of which are below.

Fully funded postgraduate (MSc or PhD) scholarship in the highly innovative area of food science and food-related disciplines.

Scholarship will cover full tuition fees plus monthly stipend and consumables for up to 4 years.

Applications can be downloaded here Lauritzon 18-19 Application please ensure that you have written agreement from a potential supervisor in advance of your application submission.

Details relating to the scholarship are available here Lauritzon Food Scholarship Information (29kB). 

Closing date for applications is June 1st 2018.


Further information is available from Dr. Karen McCarthy on / 021 490 3810

Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships

The Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme supports suitably qualified Research Masters and Doctoral candidates pursuing or intending to pursue full-time research in any discipline.

Generally, the call for applications opens annually in September, with a closing date of late October/start of November.  Please click here for further details.

O'Connor Scholarship

Mr. Dennis J. Doherty of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, endowed one postgraduate scholarship to commemorate his wife Frances P. Doherty, his mother Catherine E. Doherty (née O'Connor) who came from Co. Kerry, and his sister Kathleen L. Doherty. The value of the scholarship is c. €10,000. The award of the scholarship is subject to the following conditions which have been approved by the donor and University College Cork:

  • Each scholarship shall be designated "The O'Connor Scholarship".
  • One scholarship shall be offered for award annually and shall be open for competition among suitably qualified graduates of University College Cork, who were born in Ireland. The scholarship is tenable at University College Cork and is confined to graduates with a parent whose surname on birth was O'Connor.
  • The scholarship shall be renewed for at most one year, subject to satisfactory academic performance by the holder.
  • If a scholarship is not awarded in any one year, an additional scholarship may be offered in the following year.

 The O'Connor Scholarship is managed by the Student Records and Examinations Office, UCC. For further information, please contact this office directly.

International Student Merit Based Scholarship


International (non-EU) students on taught masters programmes


UCC First Class Honours or equivalent (1H): 20% off tuition fee

UCC Second Class Honours, Upper Division or equivalent (2H1): 10% off tuition fee

UCC Second Class Honours, Lower Division or equivalent (2H2): €1,000


Awarded automatically at offer stage



National University of Ireland Travelling Studentships

The NUI (National University of Ireland) Travelling Studentship Scheme is one of the University’s longest running competitions and has been in existence since 1910. Funded by the University from its own resources, it continues an earlier scheme established by the Royal University of Ireland, which preceded NUI. 
The NUI Travelling Studentship Scheme has as its main objectives:

  • to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research;
  • to enable these students to undertake postgraduate research abroad, in the most reputable universities, towards a doctoral degree, or
  • to enable students registered in NUI institutions participating in international partnerships to undertake substantial research periods overseas as part of their doctoral studies;
  • to attract these scholars back to enrich the learning community within NUI.

In recent years, the value of a Travelling Studentship has been offered at a maximum of €24,000 per annum. This covered a stipend of €16,000 and potentially included a contribution towards fees of up to €8,000, where appropriate. The competition is open to NUI graduates.

For more information, please click here.

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

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Block E, Level 3, Food Science Building, UCC, Cork