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2018 PhD Scholarships

The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy invites applications for fully funded PhD Scholarships in the disciplines of:

These awards, which include the School's prestigious Grattan Scholarships and Trinity's new Provost's Scholarships, will be awarded to outstanding PhD candidates, with excellent qualifications and strong academic potential.

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics invites applications for fully three funded PhD scholarships. Please note that in order to be considered for these scholarships, students must first be admitted to the Department's PhD programme. The closing date for applications to be considered for funding is the 15th April 2018.

Information leaflet (PDF, 382KB)

Macroeconomics

Supervisor: Davide Romelli

Applications are invited for a funded PhD in Philosophy in macroeconomics, especially in the areas of monetary policy, international macroeconomics and gender.

The successful recipient, of this Provost's Scholarship, will receive an annual stipend of €16,000 (plus fees) for each of the four years of the PhD programme, subject to successful confirmation on the PhD programme after 18 months.

Please email supervisor Prof. Davide Romelli for additional details.

Development Economics (Two Scholarships)

Supervisor: Michael King

Two PhD students in development economics, especially in the areas of financial inclusion and banking, social protection, gender and empowerment.

The successful candidates will receive an annual stipend of €18,000 (plus fees) for each of the four years, subject to successful confirmation on the PhD programme after 18 months.

The successful candidates will contribute to the Department's undergraduate teaching programme and provide support to a large multi-year randomised control trial (RCT) in Southern Africa. Please email Prof. Michael King for further details.

Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to offer two full funded PhD positions as part of the recently introduced Provost's Scholarships Initiative.

The deadline for Provost Scholarship applications is 1st April, 2018. Applications received after this deadline will be considered for the PhD programme, but they will not be eligible for a Provost Scholarship. Queries regarding Philosophy Scholarships should be directed to prospective supervisors or to Dr James Miller

These scholarships, which cover fees (EU or Non-EU) plus an annual stipend of €16,000 per year for four years, will be made in connection with the following research projects:

Information leaflet (PDF, 69KB)

Ancient Philosophy

Supervisor: Vasilis Politis

Applications are invited for a funded PhD in Philosophy, to be supervised by Professor Vasilis Politis, on the topic of: Plato’s Essentialism. The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate interest in one or more of the following themes under this general topic:

  • How does Plato defend the commitment to the search for essences?
  • What are distinctive features of Plato’s essentialism?
  • What, according to Plato, is the role of essences in: thought and language; dialectic;
  • science; metaphysics?
  • What is the relation between Plato’s essentialism and his epistemology?
  • Does Plato have an answer to the sceptic about essences?
  • How does Plato’s essentialism compare to Aristotle’s?
  • Is Plato’s essentialism relevant in contemporary philosophy?
  • Is there a political and/or ethical dimension to Plato’s essentialism?

The successful applicant will demonstrate a combination of scholarly and philosophical ability, and will be expected to know some Greek already or be committed to learning Greek during and in preparation of his or her PhD programme.

Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

Supervisor: Kenneth Pearce

George Berkeley’s Principles (1710) and Dialogues (1713) are standard texts in Western philosophy curricula. No other Irish philosopher, and no other work of Berkeley’s, has achieved this ‘canonical’ status.However, there was a vibrant philosophical scene in Ireland in Berkeley’s lifetime, to which Berkeley was far from the only contributor. Studying this broader Irish philosophical discussion will improve our understanding of Berkeley and also of early modern philosophy more generally. This is in line with a new approach to the history of philosophy focused on philosophical conversations, rather than on the ‘grand systems’ of individual thinkers.

Proposals are invited for a fully funded PhD position within this project to be supervised by Dr Kenneth Pearce. Proposals should adopt a contextual approach to the study of the philosophy of George Berkeley and/or other Irish philosophers of the same period, such as Robert Boyle, William King, or John Toland.

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science invites applications for the following fully funded PhD scholarships. Please note that in order to be considered for these scholarships, students must first be admitted to the Department's PhD programme.

Information leaflet (PDF, 149KB)

PhD Scholarships in Political Science

One fully-funded Grattan Scholarship including fees and an annual stipend of €20,000 for four years. Grattan Scholars are chosen not only for their scholarly achievements, but also for their commitment to teaching and ambition to understand and improve society through their research and education.

Financial support for a futher five PhD students in the form of tuition grants, stipends (approx €14,000 euros per year), teaching and research assistantships, and support for postgraduate conference and research travel.

The closing date for applications to be considered for funding is 30th March 2018.

Applications are invited from outstanding and motivated graduates who wish to conduct research in areas in which the Department has particular research strengths:

  • Comparative European politics
  • European Union politics and policies, incl. the European Court of Justice
  • Irish politics
  • African politics
  • Electoral systems and political parties
  • Political psychology      
  • Legislative politics
  • Politics of climate change
  • International conflict and security
  • Political theory

The Department also invites applications from students whose research develops innovative quantitative methods, such as the quantitative analysis of political texts,

Prospective students are encouraged to consult the staff web pages and to email individual staff members who could be potential supervisors for their PhD dissertations.

General enquiries may be directed to the PhD Director, Gizem Arikan, Assistant Professor in Political Science.

The Political Determinants of Forced Migration in Africa

Supervisor: Michelle D’Arcy

This fully funded PhD Scholarship includes fees and an annual stipend of €16,000 for four years. The closing date for applications to be considered for funding is 30th March 2018

This project will examine the ways in which democratisation has impacted on forced migration in African states. It will go beyond existing explanations that focus on poverty and civil wars, to investigate the complex political dynamics that have produced significant increases in internally displaced peoples and refugees. The successful candidate is expected to conduct cutting edge research on this important topic using both qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches. Candidates with strong interests in democratisation, migration, development and African politics, an Msc in Political Science, Economics, Development or related discipline, and a background in both quantitative and qualitative methods are encouraged to apply. 

Informal enquires can be made directly to Michelle D’Arcy, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science.

Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology invites applications for fully two fully funded PhD scholarships. Please note that in order to be considered for these scholarships, students must first be admitted to the Department's PhD programme.

Explaining the 'Migrant Gap' Among Children in Ireland

Supervisor: Jan Skopek

This fully-funded Grattan Scholarship includes fees and an annual stipend of €20,000 for four years. Grattan Scholars are chosen not only for their scholarly achievements, but also for their commitment to teaching and ambition to understand and improve society through their research and education. The closing date for applications to be considered for funding is 16th April 2018.

Initial evidence on 9 year old children from the Growing Up in Ireland Study (GUI) raises concerns that a 'migrant gap' may be emerging in the academic and social development of migrant children relative to native peers. This PhD project will use the GUI study to first describe and then explain the processes that lead to the differential well-being of migrant children. The project will examine how family and child characteristics interact with institutional factors such as migrant composition of the child's school as well as the educational and religious ethos of the school. The PhD will be supervised by Dr Jan Skopek who has substantial experience in the analysis of child cohort studies in the area of migration.

Informal enquiries from interested applicants, referees or organisations can be made directly to Dr Jan Skopek, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Prof. Richard Layte, Head of Department of Sociology.

Information leaflet (PDF, 172KB)

Social Inequalities, Child Development and Longitudinal Research

Supervisor: Pablo Gracia

The fully funded Provost's Scholarship includes fees and an annual stipend of €20,000 for four years. The closing date for applications to be considered for funding is the 31st March 2018.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct an innovative and cutting-edge PhD dissertation providing new understandings on how social inequalities operate in children's lives and development from infancy to later stages of the life course. The successful candidate is expected to apply state-of-the-art theoretical models in social science on advanced methodological techniques using rich longitudinal data. Candidates with strong interests in life-course research, social inequalities or child development, an MA, MSc or MPhil in Sociology, Economics, Demography, Psychology, Social Research, Social Policy or related fields, and a strong background and interest in quantitative methods, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Informal enquiries from interested applicants, referees or organisations can be made directly to Dr Pablo Gracia Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Prof. Richard Layte Head of Department of Sociology.

Information leaflet (PDF, 161KB)

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