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Scholarships

Please find below information on the various financial options open to Trinity students, including education grants, loans, and scholarships. Some of these options are open to all students, whereas some will have restrictions based on your EU/Non-EU status, course of study, and similar.

Funding Options for International Students

International students are encouraged to apply for Trinity-wide scholarships, including the Foundation Scholarship.

Trinity also offers a number of scholarship opportunities specifically for international students each year. Find out more about these on our International Scholarships page

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Students are always encouraged to explore external funding options in their home countries, including local and governmental awards. Students from the United States should note that Trinity is an accredited recipient of US federal student loans. Information on FAFSA requirements are available at www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/fees-payments.

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Awards Regulations

Ussher Fellowships (Code 1244)

General

A number of postgraduate fellowships are made annually to exceptionally highly qualified candidates to enable them to undertake postgraduate studies in the University of Dublin. These fellowships are open only to new entrants to the full-time Ph.D. register in a given academic year.

The value of the postgraduate fellowship in 2014/2015 is €13,000 as a contribution towards maintenance, plus waiver of the annual fee. The maintenance is payable monthly via the Trinity College payroll over twelve months. Applications are assessed competitively and nominations are made at a Faculty level. As the number of postgraduate fellowships is limited, applicants are strongly advised to apply for all other postgraduate awards and grants open to them. Candidates are expected to apply for the renewal of any Local Authority Scholarship they may have held as undergraduates. Research Scholarships awarded by the Ministry for Education for Northern Ireland are tenable in the University of Dublin.

Individual Schools, particularly in the Science, Engineering and Health Sciences Faculties may have specific funds at their disposal and candidates, when applying, should enquire as to the availability of such funds.

Eligibility

Normally postgraduate fellowships will be made only to applicants who are placed in the first class at a moderatorship or final examination or who obtained equivalent status at a final degree examination in a professional subject. However, graduates who are reading for the Ph.D. degree may be eligible if they have already received a Masters degree (excluding the degree of Master in Arts) from the University, irrespective of the class of primary degree received.

Postgraduate F ellowships cannot continue beyond the third year on the Ph.D. register.

Conditions

The Ussher postgraduate fellowships are open to graduate students undertaking research in any branch of learning subject to availability of resources and supervision in the chosen area. They are offered subject to the following conditions:

  • the holders must engage in full-time research and must register for a Ph.D. degree in the University of Dublin.
  • income received by applicants from other sources (such as private tuition, demonstrating, research funding) can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the fellowship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Graduate Studies Office and the Staff Office payroll.

Applications

You must make your application for the Ussher award in conjunction with your Ph.D. application. This process is done online using tcd.ie/courses.

Nominations are assessed after 1st May and late nominations may be considered if places are still available after this date. Candidates are informed of the outcome of their application from June/July onwards.

 

Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Studentships (Code 1252)

General

A number of postgraduate studentships are made annually to highly qualified candidates to enable them to undertake postgraduate studies in the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Application regulations changed in 2009 with the result that these studentships are now open to new entrants to the full-time Ph.D. register as well as continuing students in a given academic year.

The value of the studentship in 2014/2015 is €6,500 as a contribution towards maintenance, plus waiver of the annual fee. The maintenance is payable monthly via the Staff Office payroll over twelve months. Applications are assessed competitively and nominations are made at a Faculty level. As the number of studentships is limited, applicants are strongly advised to apply for all other awards and grants open to them. Candidates are expected to apply for the renewal of any Local Authority Scholarship they may have held as undergraduates. Research Scholarships awarded by the Ministry for Education for Northern Ireland are tenable in the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Individual Schools, particularly in the Engineering, Mathematics and Science and Health Sciences Faculties may have specific funds at their disposal and candidates, when applying, should enquire as to the availability of such funds.

Eligibility

Normally postgraduate studentships will be made only to applicants who are placed in the first class or the first division of the second class at a moderatorship or final examination or who obtained equivalent status at a final degree examination in a professional subject. However, graduates who are reading for the Ph.D. degree may be eligible if they have already received a Masters degree (excluding the degree of Master in Arts) from the University, irrespective of the class of primary degree received.

Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.

Conditions

The Trinity College Dublin postgraduate research studentships are open to graduate students undertaking research in any branch of learning subject to availability of resources and supervision in the chosen area. They are offered subject to the following conditions:

  • the holders must engage in full-time research and must register for a Ph.D. degree in the University of Dublin;
  • holders are required to engage in relevant academic and professional activities as determined by the supervisor. Within such activities, teaching-related activities such as demonstrating are limited to a maximum of six hours per week and are governed by guidelines provided by the Graduate Studies Committee.
  • income received by applicants from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Graduate Studies Office and the Staff Office payroll.

Applications

You must make your application for the Ussher award in conjunction with your Ph.D. application. This process is done online using tcd.ie/courses

Continuing students who wish to apply for this postgraduate Award should contact their School directly.

Nominations are considered at various times of the year depending on the School. New applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.

 

Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships

These postgraduate fellowships are only applicable to new entrants on the Research Register

Postgraduate Fellowships are available to new entrants to the full-time Ph.D. register for entry in September and/or the following March of the same academic year (e.g. September 2017 and/or March 2018). The Fellowships aim to support and develop gifted research students. They are awarded competitively on academic merit.

The Fellowship fully covers EU and non-EU fees and provides an annual maintenance of €13,000 for three years.

Fees will be covered and maintenance is payable monthly via Trinity College payroll directly to your bank account.

The fellowship is unrelated to teaching.

It is important to be aware that income received by the award recipient from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Graduate Studies Office and the Staff Office payroll.

New entrants to the Research Register must make their applications online using tcd.ie/courses.

You must make your application for the Ussher award in conjunction with your Ph.D. application. This process is done online using tcd.ie/courses.

To apply for the funding during your online application, simply select the award (Studentship or Ussher Award) you wish to be considered for from the drop down menu in the Section of the application form titled "Funding/Financial Support".

 

Please note that the closing date for applications for this award is the 1st of May 2017.

This closing date covers September 2017 and March 2018 entrants only.

 

Postgraduate Research Studentships

These postgraduate studentships are applicable to new entrants as well as continuing students on the Ph.D. Register

What are the requirements for this Award?

Postgraduate studentships are available to new entrants as well as continuing students on the full-time Ph.D. register for entry in September and/or the following March of the same academic year (e.g. September 2017 and/or March 2018). The postgraduate Studentships aim to support and develop gifted research students. They are awarded competitively on academic merit.

How much would I receive?

The postgraduate studentship fully covers EU or non-EU fee and an annual maintenance of €6,500 for three years.

How would this be paid?

Fees will be covered and maintenance is payable monthly via Trinity College payroll directly to your bank account.

Will I have any teaching obligations?

The holder of a postgraduate studentship is required to engage in teaching-related activities, as advised by the appropriate Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) or his/her nominee, to a maximum of 6 hours per week in teaching term. It is also important to be aware that income received by the award recipient from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Graduate Studies Office and the Staff Office payroll. Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.

How do I apply?

New entrants to the Research Register must make their applications online using tcd.ie/courses.

You must make your application for Postgraduate studentship awards in conjunction with your Ph.D. application. This process is done online using tcd.ie/courses.

To apply for the funding during your online application, simply select the award (Studentship or Ussher Award) you wish to be considered for from the drop down menu in the Section of the application form titled "Funding/Financial Support".

Continuing students who wish to apply for a postgraduate award should contact their School directly.

Nominations are considered at various times of the year depending on the School. New applicants are advised to submit their application as early as possible.

 

Please note that the closing date for applications for this award is the 1st of May 2017.

This closing date covers September 2017 and March 2018 entrants only.

 

Scholarships of Limited Application

These postgraduate Awards are available to new entrants and registered postgraduate research students. 
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These are available via individual Schools and specific applications are invited as stated under each entry.

  • Peter Beckett Postgraduate Research Award
  • John A. Boland Memorial Scholarship
  • Julian Boldy Bursary 
  • Maureen De Burgh Memorial Prize In Marine Biology 
  • Allen Burke Memorial Prize
  • Business Administrative Bursary
  • Cluff Memorial Studentship
  • Curtis Memorial Prize
  • Elrington Scholarship
  • Ferguson Memorial Prize
  • Franz Fasenfeld Scholarship
  • Henry Flood Research Scholarship
  • Robert Friel Prize In Engineering Structures
  • John Good Bequest
  • Terence Gorman Postgraduate Prize
  • Irene Greene Memorial Research Fund
  • Hincks Memorial Prize
  • Home Hewson Scholarship
  • Henry Hutchinson Stewart Literary Scholarships
  • The Irish Society's Scholarship
  • The Dave Johnston Memorial Fund
  • Grace Lawless Lee Fund
  • W. H. A. Macintosh Prize
  • Microsoft Ireland Prize
  • Frances E. Moran Research Studentship 
  • R. A. Q. Ray O'Meara Research Fund
  • Operations Research Society Of Ireland Award
  • Claude and Vincenette Pichois Research Award
  • Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship In Medicine And Surgery
  • Sarah Purser Medical Research Fund
  • Sheppard Memorial Prize
  • E.C. Smith Scholarship In Pathology
  • Stokes Kennedy Crowley Prize
  • Richard Smyth Exhibition In Tropical Medicine
  • Technicon Research Fellowship
  • Victoria University Scholarship
  • Professor D.A. Webb Scholarship
  • White Postgraduate Fellowship in Irish Art History
  • Dr. John Henry Whyte Trust Fund

 

R.B. McDowell Ussher Fellowship

The University of Dublin, Trinity College offers the R. B. McDowell Ussher Fellowship every three years.

The postgraduate Fellowship is available only to students registered for a Higher Degree by Research leading to a Ph.D. in Modern History. Preference will be given to candidates intending to work on the history of Britain or of relations between Britain and Ireland.

The Fellowship provides a sum of €16,680 per year for a period of three years to cover fees and maintenance. The Fellowship is sponsored by the London Trust for Trinity College Dublin, and is tenable for a period of three years at the School of Modern History, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

 

External Funding

Please find below information for funding outside of Trinity College Dublin. The information set out here is intended as a guide only and Trinity College Dublin may not be held liable.

Detailed information on all financial support for further and higher education in Ireland can be obtained from the relevant Higher Education Authority website: www.studentfinance.ie

Higher Education Grants - Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Application for Higher Education Grants is done via the website https://www.grantsonline.ie/

Irish Research Council Funding

Please note that IRCHSS and IRCSET have joined to become the Irish Research Council (IRC)

The Irish Research Council was formally launched by the Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, on 29 March 2012. A sub-board of the Higher Education Authority, the Council was established through a merger of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). Building on the solid foundations laid down by the former Councils, the Irish Research Council will deliver enhanced opportunities and benefits to Irish-based researchers. The Council will thus enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across a range of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of social, cultural and economic development.

Further information regarding the Irish Research Council can be found on their website

http://www.irchss.ie/


Please also check the website for Trinity Research Innovation

https://www.tcd.ie/research_innovation/