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Funding Opportunities

It is very important to understand that an offer from a member of staff to supervise your project, and successful application to the programme, does not imply that the position is funded. You must ensure that you have adequate funding to pay the annual University fee (€6,085 in 2013 for EU students, and €12,085 for non-EU students) and support yourself in Dublin.
For the rules on eligibility for the EU fee please see further information on the Graduate Studies entry requirements page.

There are a number of ways to find funding:

  • The Trinity College Postgraduate Award is currently €8,000 per year for 3 years, plus fees (both EU and non-EU). TCD offers a more limited number of Ussher Fellowships, which are for €16,000 per year for 3 years, plus fees (both EU and non-EU). You can apply for both of these awards when you make your application to the programme here.
  • The Irish Research Council fund postgraduate studentships through their Government of Ireland PhD fellowship scheme which offers a stipend of €16,000 per annum, plus fees and research costs.  The IRC also offers funding to undertake PhD research in collaboration with industry through their Enterprise partnership PhD fellowship and the Employment-based PhD Scheme.
  • If you have completed a first degree at an Irish university or IT and had a local authority grant then it is possible to have that grant renewed to do a Ph.D. See Student Universal Support Ireland for more details.

Further information on fees and funding can be found at the following links:


Last updated 10 December 2013 nisheois@tcd.ie.