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Fees and Funding

Fees

The current fees for full time study in the Ph.D. programme in Philosophy are as follows:

  • EU students: €5,250 per year
  • Non-EU students: €8,800 per year

Please consult Academic Registry for the most up-to-date figures on fees.

Funding

A range of funding opportunities are available to postgraduate students, and the Department of Philosophy makes every effort to secure funding for students accepted into the programme. Some of these opportunities are identified below, and further details are available from the websites listed.

Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council (IRC) provides funding for students from the EU to pursue postgraduate work. The closing date for the receipt of applications for postgraduate funding through the IRC is usually February or March (please consult the IRC's website (external) for the most up-to-date submission deadlines). Students must have been offered a place in the Ph.D. programme before they can apply for funding through the IRC.

Trinity College Postgraduate Awards and Scholarships

The University offers two classes of awards to postgraduate research students:

Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships

These fellowships are available to new entrants on the research register. The fellowships aim to support and develop gifted research students. They are competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

The fellowship fully covers EU and non-EU fees and provides an annual maintenance of €16,000 per year for three years.

An application for a College Research Award must be submitted together with with your complete application for admission to Trinity College Dublin.

Postgraduate Research Studentships

Studentships are available only to new entrants to the full-time research register. The aim of the studentships is to support and develop gifted research students. They are competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

The fellowship fully covers EU and non-EU fees and provides an annual maintenance of €8,000 per year for three years.

An application for a College Research Award must be submitted together with with your complete application for admission to Trinity College Dublin.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships

Each year the Department offers a number of Teaching Assistantships to postgraduate students. These entail providing weekly tutorials for undergraduate students, and marking undergraduate essays. Rates of payment are set each year by the Head of Department.

Students who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship may apply to the Head of Department, Professor Paul O'Grady (email). The Head of Department may also directly request postgraduate students to serve as Teaching Assistants, especially if such duties are required as a condition of financial award.

Funding for Conference Travel

The Department offers €300 per year to each graduate student for conference travel or books. Additionally students may apply for funding for conference travel through the Trinity Trust Travel Grant administered by the Graduate Studies Office.

Extraordinary Funding Requests

Under extraordinary circumstances students may make a written appeal to the Departmental Director of Postgraduate Studies, outlining their need and request for a full or partial tuition remittance. Such requests will be considered by the Head of Department.

External Funding Opportunities

The Graduate studies office provides an excellent list of sources for external funding.