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Doctoral Research and Funding Opportunities at Trinity College Dublin, Department of French


The Department of French at Trinity College Dublin has a long and distinguished tradition in the fostering and promoting of doctoral research. Nearly all of our research students benefit from College or Irish Research Council (IRC) funding.
The Department offers PhD supervision in a wide range of areas of French, notably Medieval and Renaissance Literature, History and Ideas; Enlightenment History, Literature and Culture; French Nationalisms and Fascisms; Contemporary French History; Surrealism; Translation Theory; Marginal Writing; Autobiography; nineteenth- and twentieth-century French Literature and Thought; Literary Theory; Aesthetics; and Sociolinguistics.
The Department boasts one of the oldest Chairs of French in the world (1776) and has, among its alumni, Samuel Beckett. The Discipline of French is a constituent department of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, which has consistently been ranked in the top 50 Modern Languages Schools in the QS subject rankings. French Department staff members are actively involved in the School’s research centres – the Centre for European Studies, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Centre for Literary Translation – as well as in Trinity’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute, the Trinity Long Room Hub.
The Old Library at Trinity College Dublin is the largest library in Ireland, with invaluable manuscripts and world-class collections in the early modern and later periods. The Library is a legal deposit library for books published in Ireland and the UK. It has significant holdings in French and extensive electronic resources.
For more general information on the French Department, please consult the departmental website:

How to apply
Prospective doctoral candidates are invited to consult the Department’s research areas (, select a potential supervisor, and direct initial enquiries to the specific member of staff and then to the Head of Department, providing a full CV and an outline of the research project envisaged.
The research proposal (maximum three pages) should include: aims and objectives, status of research in terms of the project’s central research questions, the proposed methodology, and compatibility of the project with the host institution (supervisor, research facilities, etc.). Please note that normally candidates must have a first- or upper-second-class degree in French (or in the French component of their degree) to be considered for research in the Department.
Although there are no closing dates for applications for higher degrees by research, there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

Trinity College Dublin offers a range of funding opportunities for PhD candidates:

Pichois Award
This award is available only through Trinity’s Department of French and is made to a candidate holding a first-class or II.1 Honours Degree in French (or equivalent) and having a research project within the area of nineteenth and/or twentieth-century French Literature. It is awarded only once every three years. The current (2018) annual value of the award is equivalent to EU/non-EU fees, plus subsistence costs of up to €16,000.

Ussher Award
This award is granted to outstandingly qualified students for three years of postgraduate study. A maximum of two such awards are available each year within Trinity’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, of which the French Department is a constituent member. The current (2018) annual value of the award is equivalent to EU/non-EU fees, plus subsistence costs of up to €13,000.

Provost’s Scholarship Award
As of September 2018-19, Trinity will offer 40 funded PhD scholarships (covering fees (either EU or Non-EU) plus an annual stipend of €16,000 per year for 4 years) across all faculties for students working on research projects with assistant or associate professors. Applications are made by assistant and associate professors in all disciplines who are entitled to be a Principal Supervisor of a PhD student, for an award in relation to a particular research project which they are undertaking or will undertake in order to fund the cost of a PhD student to work with them on that project. Successful awardees will then be able to recruit a funded PhD student to work on their project and will, in turn, supervise the student’s PhD to completion.

Prospective PhD candidates may also apply for funding through the Irish Research Council:

Irish Research Council (IRC) Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
This scholarship is granted for a maximum of three years of doctoral research. The current (2018) annual value of the award is equivalent to EU/non-EU fees, plus subsistence costs of up to €16,000. For further details and application deadlines, see

Appel à candidatures pour la Bourse doctorale de l’ADEFFI

L’ADEFFI (L’Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande) offre une bourse doctorale, parrainée en 2018 par L’AMOPA Irlande (Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques en Irlande). Cette bourse, d’un montant de €500, est destinée à un(e) doctorant(e) méritant(e) inscrit(e) dans un établissement d’enseignement supérieur de l’île d’Irlande.

Votre candidature (en français ou en anglais) devra être accompagnée d’une courte description de votre projet de recherche (moins de 1000 mots). Veuillez également joindre un curriculum vitae (coordonnées personnelles, informations sur votre affiliation universitaire, communications lors de conférences et vos publications éventuelles) et demander à votre directeur / directrice de thèse de bien vouloir nous faire parvenir une lettre de recommandation confidentielle.

Le projet de recherche, le curriculum vitae et la lettre de recommandation sont à envoyer par courrier électronique au Président de l’ADEFFI, Dr James Hanrahan ( avant le 23 février 2018.


Call for applications for the ADEFFI Postgraduate Bourse

ADEFFI (The Association for French and Francophone Studies in Ireland) offers a Postgraduate bourse sponsored in 2018 by AMOPA Irlande (Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques en Irlande). The bourse is valued at €500 and is open to postgraduate students in a higher education institution on the island of Ireland.

Your application, which can be in English or French, should contain a brief description of your research project (no longer than 1,000 words). Please include your curriculum vitae (listing your personal details, information on university affiliation, details of any conference presentations and possible publications resulting from your research). Please also ask your thesis supervisor to forward a confidential letter of recommendation.

The application, together with the curriculum vitae and the letter of recommendation should be emailed to the President of ADEFFI, Dr James Hanrahan ( before 23 February 2018.