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Funding Opportunities

Ussher Fellowships

A small number of highly competitive awards, open to new entrants on the PhD register (not to continuing students). All new full-time PhD students (EU and non-EU) who apply to the School by 1 May are automatically considered. The award is valued at €13,000 plus fees for three years. See further: www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/prospectivestudents/awards/ussherfellowships.

Postgraduate Research (1252) Studentships

These awards are open to both new entrants and continuing full-time students on the PhD register, both EU and non-EU. For new awardees the award will be valued at €6,500 plus fees for a maximum of three years. Awards cannot be held after the 4th year of registration. All new entrants who apply by 1 May will be automatically considered for these awards. Applications from continuing students will be invited by the Director of Teaching and Learning in Hilary term. Decisions will be communicated to successful applicants before the end of Trinity term (ca. 1 July). See further www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/prospectivestudents/awards/studentships.

Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships (Irish Research Council)

Application criteria and deadlines vary from year to year; the following is indicative only. Scholarships are valued at up to €16,000 plus fees per annum and research expenses up to €2,250 per annum. You can apply for an IRC Scholarship before you start your degree (duration of funding 2 years for an MLitt and 4 years for a Structured PhD) or in Years 1-2 of the PhD (duration of funding 3 or 2 years). The call is generally issued in November/December with an application deadline in January/February. See further www.research.ie/funding/postgraduate-funding. Students should liaise with their supervisor in planning and preparing an application. The School will send out an email notification when the call is issued, organise an information session for potential applicants, and arrange an internal process for vetting applications. Applications have to be signed by the Head of School and the College Research Office; procedures and internal deadlines will be communicated by email; please bear in mind that the internal deadlines will be several weeks before the IRC deadline.

Awards in Individual Disciplines

A limited number of awards are available in individual Schools and Departments. See www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/prospectivestudents/awards/scholarships, esp. White Postgraduate Fellowship in Irish Art History, Cluff Memorial Studentship, Curtis Memorial Prize. Additional awards may be advertised from time to time; these are typically restricted to new entrants.

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Irish research students who meet the qualifying social welfare payment and (strict) income conditions may be eligble for a grant under the SUSI Student Grant Scheme. Grants may cover up to the full cost of tuition. They do not include maintenance. For further information http://www.susi.ie/Post-Graduate-Students.aspx

Trinity Trust Postgraduate Travel Grants

These travel grants are awarded to research students for attendance at conferences related to their research or to carry out research abroad to supplement research undertaken in Dublin. See www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/currentstudents/funding/travelgrants for forms and deadlines and the Histories and Humanities Postgraduate Reseach Handbook for the School’s regulations for Trinity Trust travel grant applications.

Other Travel Grants

Some individual Departments in the School also have travel funds for which research students may apply, such as the Stanford Travelling Scholarship in Classics and the Grace Lawless Lee Fund, Leland Lyons Travelling Scholarship, and T.W. Moody Memorial Fund in History. For details and deadlines please consult your supervisor or Head of Department; and see www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/Local/Staff/gl-travel.html.

Emergency Financial Assistance Scheme

Application must be made on a form available from the Graduate Studies Office. Only cases of extreme urgency are considered, on a case-by-case basis.

Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships (Irish Research Council)

The number and types of Fellowships available and the application criteria vary from year to year. Applicants, of any nationality, must have a recent doctoral degree and should be, or expect to be affiliated with a recognised third-level institution, which must commit to providing a mentor and institutional support. For further details see www.research.ie/funding/postdoctoral-funding. The School sends out a noti-fica¬tion when the call for applications comes out. Applicants must consult their intended mentor in preparing their application. Please bear in mind that applications have to be signed by the Head of School as well as TCD Research and Innovation Services; signing off procedures and internal deadlines will be communicated by email. Please bear in mind that the internal deadlines are several weeks before the IRC deadline.


Last updated 7 October 2014 History (Email).