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Fee information can be found at the TCD Academic Registry page.


Trinity College have some research awards and funding for PhD students and some additional sources of funding may also be available.

Postgraduate Studentships are available to new entrants as well as continuing students on the PhD register. The studentships currently on offer in the School are listed below.

1. PhD Scholarship, School of Social Work and Social Policy - Migrant Homelessness in Ireland: A Mixed Methods Study

The School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is seeking to appoint a fully funded PhD candidate under the newly established Provost PhD ScholarshipAwards. The studentship covers tuition fees (EU or non-EU) and an annual stipend of €16,000 for four years.


The successful candidate will have an excellent academic record, demonstrate a strong commitment to PhD research and the ability and motivation to write a PhD dissertation that is of exceptional quality. S/he will register as a PhD student in the School of Social Work and Social Policy in September 2018.The successful PhD candidate with work with Dr. Paula Mayock on a study entitled ‘Migrant Homelessness in Ireland: A Mixed Methods Study’ The successful applicant is expected to produce an independent piece of research in the form of a PhD dissertation and will work under the supervision of Dr. Paula Mayock.

Selection Process:

The deadline for receipt of applications is: Monday April 16th, 2018.

Candidates should submit the application by email to Noreen O’Sullivan, Executive Officer,School of Social Work and Social Policy, copied to Dr. Paula Mayock . The subject line in the email should read: ‘Application for Provost PhD Award’.

The following documentation only must be submitted in order to be considered for the post:

1. A full Curriculum Vitae (including the names and contact details of two academic referees).

2. A covering letter (no longer that 2 A4 pages) outlining the applicant’s profile and skills and including a statement of motivation for applying for the PhD Scholarship.

3. A writing sample, written in English, not longer than 10,000 words. This writing sample should be submitted as a word or pdf document and can be: a) a chapter from your Master’s dissertation; b) a published article where you are a named author; c) a research report where you are a named author.

For full details on candidate eligiblity, expectations and application process please go to Provost PhD Scholarship Award

Inquiries about this PhD Scholarship should be directed to Dr. Paula Mayock

2. Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships 

The Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships are available to new entrants on the Doctoral Programme. They are awarded competitively on academic merit. The Award fully covers EU and non-EU fees and provides an annual maintenance grant for three years, conditional on successful completion of each year.

For more information on the Fellowship and details of how to apply please see the Graduate Studies website.

Additional Sources of Funding

Irish Students

  • The Student Grant Scheme pays fees plus a small stipend.  It is means-tested and may be based on parents’ income if the student is living in their parent’s home or is less than 23 years of age.  Students over 23 years of age and living independently may quality for the Mature Student Grant Scheme. For more information please check 'Student Finance' website or contact your local authority.
  • If you are a self-funding student you can apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief on your tuition fees.
  • You may apply to the Irish Research Council for funding. No teaching is allowed in first year and a maximum of three hours per week thereafter. Applications are usually due in January. Your application must be cleared internally by Trinity College first and there is an internal deadline for applications.
  • North-South Scholarships. Universities Ireland, the body which promotes collaboration between the nine universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, offers scholarships to students undertaking postgraduate studies in the other Irish jurisdiction. This scholarship is worth €15,000 and must be taken up in September or October.
  • More information on external funding and some useful funding links can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

 Additional Sources of Funding (US and Canadian Students)

  • You may be eligible for a US Federal Loan from the Department of Education or you can take out a private education loan from a bank in the US. For more information about Federal Loans check 'Federal Student Aid' website.
  • Canadian students can apply for a loan from the Canadian Student Loan Program. You can take out a private loan from the Canadian Higher Education Loan Program. Application forms are available from the 'International Student Loan' website. 

Additional Sources of Funding (Non EEA Students)

  • The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Programme for 2018/19 is now open for applications. Government of Ireland International Scholarships are awarded to high calibre students from non-EEA countries to study in Ireland for a period of one year. The HEA will award a scholarship fund to the student amounting to €10,000 for one study year. This fund is directed at supporting student costs and living expenses. Trinity would provide a full tuition fee waiver to successful students for the specified scholarship year. More information is available Government of Ireland Scholarships 2018/19