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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.

PhD studentship - Full-time

This studentship is open to current students on the full-time Ph.D. Register, or new entrants for entry in September 2017 or March 2018. New students must also have completed an application for entry into the PhD programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy. The studentship fully covers EU or non-EU fees and an annual maintenance of €8,000 for three years.

Eligibility requirements:
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a masters degree, or a primary degree (1st class or 2.1 honours) or equivalent.

Application process:
Application forms can be downloaded here and should be returned to Louise O'Brien by midday Tuesday, June 6th 2017.

The holder of this studentship will be required to engage in teaching related activities, as advised by their supervisor and/or the 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 Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) in the School. Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.

Selection process:
The selection process will involve a 15 minute presentation by the candidate on their proposed research, followed by an interview. This will take place on June 20th, 2017.

PhD studentships - Part-time

Two studentships are available to students who enter the part-time PhD register from October 2017 onwards. Part-time students who register after this date will be eligible to apply for the studentship as soon as they have successfully completed their confirmation review. After passing the review, those who wish to apply for the studentship can submit an application of no more than 3,000 words, consisting of

  • a one page CV;
  • a one page outline of the original contributions and novelty of their doctoral research;
  • a one page outline of the plan for progressing and publicising their doctoral research to completion.

These applications will be considered in the order in which they are submitted, until two studentships have been awarded. These studentships fully cover the EU fees for a maximum period of two years, or until the thesis has been completed.

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. 

Postgraduate Research fund for taught and research students 2016/2017

The School of Social Work & Social Policy has been allocated a small fund by the Trinity Foundation arising from the recent Alumni Appeal. This fund is being used to support postgraduate (Taught & Research) student research, for the following purposes only:

  1. Participation in an academic meeting or conference relevant to the student's research;
  2. Participation in a training course or workshop relevant to the student's research.

All applications to this fund must be supported by the student’s supervisor. The fund can support 50% of research activity in either category (1) or (2) above, up to a maximum of €300.

Applications for reimbursements will only be processed within 6 months of the costs incurred. Eligibility to avail of the reimbursement becomes invalid after this time. Both informal inquiries regarding eligibility to apply for reimbursement and formal applications for reimbursement should be made to the Director of Teaching & Learning Postgraduate (DTLPG). Applications are reviewed by a sub-committee of the School's Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Committee. The student must submit proof of travel or conference registration fee or workshop fee. Students receiving funding to support their attendance at training events or workshops may be asked to give a short presentation to other students in the School.

Application Form

Completed application forms to be returned to:

Louise O'Brien
Executive Officer
School of Social Work & Social Policy
Room 3063, Arts Building
Trinity College, Dublin 2