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Funding Opportunities

2021 PhD 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.

In addition to general scholarship funding, the Department also has the following specific Provost Scholarship opportunity available.  The successful candidates for the Provost Scholarship will receive an annual stipend of €16,000 (plus a tuition fee waiver) for each of the four years of the PhD programme, subject to successful confirmation on the PhD programme after 18 months.

PhD Scholarship in media economics 
A fully funded PhD scholarship is available in the economics of media, with a focus on the  impact of local news (TV, newspapers, social media) on the accountability of local bureaucracy such as local police departments, local politicians and elected municipal councils. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest or background in economics or political science with a specialisation in applied economics and or political economy.  
A willingness to engage in empirical research is essential. The project will provide the opportunity to work with newly collected data on local television in the US and to study how differential exposure to media affect police behaviour, crime reporting,  and individual perceptions about crime, among other topics. The candidate will have the opportunity to be at the frontier of the empirical research on these topics and to gain experience with text analysis and causal inference techniques. The successful candidate will conduct a research assistantship under the supervision of Prof. Nicola Mastrorocco. Please email Prof. Nicola Mastrorocco at  for further details.  Closing date 30th April 2021.

PhD Scholarship in population aging and macroeconomic policy analysis
A fully funded PhD scholarship is available in macroeconomics, with a focus on the effects of demographic change on macroeconomic policy. In particular, the project aims to investigate the degree to which changes in the population age structure will affect both the need for and efficacy of fiscal and monetary policy.
The ideal candidate will have a strong interest or background in macroeconomics policy and will need to engage in quantitative estimation of economic models, as well as empirical research. A willingness to engage in the programming and development of these models is critical. The project will provide an opportunity to address relevant questions around important policy issues under shifting demographic structures, while also providing tools useful in wider economic analysis.
The successful candidate will conduct a research assistantship under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Kopecky. Please email Prof. Joseph Kopecky at for further details.  Closing date 30th April 2021.

Admission Requirements
Successful candidates will have:

  • An excellent background in economic theory and good technical skills as evidenced by their performance on a taught Master's degree programme in Economics or equivalent with a significant component of theory and quantitative methods.
  • Interest in pursuing research in an area of interest to a staff member. The Department of Economics gives preference to students interested in pursuing research on topics in which staff members have a special interest. A list of areas of interest proposed by members of staff is available on the Department’s website.

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present evidence of English language competency. For further details, please visit the Graduate Studies website

The Department does not accept applications for part-time PhD students except under exceptional circumstances where an applicant can make a case that a substantial amount of his or her work time would be of relevance to his or her research.

Please note that in order to be considered for scholarships, students must first be admitted to the Department's PhD programme ( ).

The closing date for applications to be considered for funding (with the exception of the two scholarships listed above) is the 15th April 2021.