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2023/24 PhD in Economics Scholarships

The Department offers three principal funding sources. These comprise 1) Several general departmental stipends, open to students in all fields 2) a number of CEPH Studentships for research in Economic History, 3) One Grattan Scholarship for research on Big Data. When applying for 2) or 3) you should apply through the general PhD programme, and in addition state explicitly in your application that you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships. More information on the funding requirements can be found on the page below.

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Departmental Scholarships

The Department of Economics invites applications for fully funded PhD scholarships at Trinity College Dublin. Financial support is typically provided in the form of tuition grants, stipends, teaching and research assistantships. Applications from excellent candidates in all research fields will be considered for financial support. Please apply by 10 February 2023 to be considered for one of these scholarships.


John O' Hagan Grattan Scholarship

In addition to general scholarship funding, the Department also one following specific John O' Hagan Grattan Scholarship opportunities available.  The scholarship is fully-funded, including fees and an annual stipend of €20,000 for four years. Students will gain invaluable research and teaching experience, preparing them to take their place as academic leaders of the future.

John O' Hagan 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. John O' Hagan Grattan Scholars are required to engage in teaching-related activities to a maximum of six hours per week during the teaching term.

Emeritus Professor of Economics, John O’Hagan, is a founding father of The John O' Hagan Grattan Scholars programme. The John O’Hagan Grattan Scholarship has been established through the generous support of a group of Economics alumni, as a tribute to Professor O’Hagan’s outstanding contribution to the teaching of Economics and his dedication to students in the department over many years. Please apply by 10 February 2023 to be considered for this scholarship.

The 2023/24 John O' Hagan Grattan Scholarship is "Big Data Revolution: Discovering New Skills and Applications in Economics".

NicolaTitle: "Big Data Revolution: Discovering New Skills and Applications in Economics"
Supervisor: Professor Nicola Fontana

Description: The relevance of data has increased exponentially over the last few years. The so-called “Big Data” are nowadays available from different sources ranging from administrative databases to private companies sharing their data or even researchers web scraping internet websites regularly. The newly created John O' Hagan Grattan scholarship is devoted to the study from a theoretical and applied perspective of the new avenues of research arising from these “Big Data”. Together with developing methodological crucial skills, the candidate will be asked to engage with the traditional economic literature in the fields closer to the candidate’s research interests.

The strength of this research project will rely on the candidate’s ability to interact with the different fields that have developed an interest in Big Data within Trinity College and be able to gain as much as possible from each subject. The newly created Continuous Professional Development in the area of Applied Social Data analysis that the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy will start delivering from Spring 2022 will represent the ideal complement to the academic environment as it will allow the candidate to be exposed to various important industries present in Dublin.

Applicants must apply to the Ph.D. programme in Economics with a research proposal in any topic in economics, highlighting the role that Big Data or the new methodologies (machine learning, text as data, etc) can have.

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