The Department has an excellent success record in the award of research scholarships (e.g. Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, British Humanities Research Association, see awards archive). TCD also has a number of competitive awards. Guidance is offered in the formulation and presentation of grant applications, and students who do not obtain an award for their first year of research are often successful later once their project is more developed. As far as resources permit, the Department supports postgraduate research with targeted library acquisitions, and some additional finance is available for approved research and conference travel. Depending on funding, suitably qualified postgraduate students may be able to work in the Department as teaching assistants.