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Funding Opportunities

2023/24 PhD in Economics Scholarships

The Department offers two 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, When applying for 2) 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.

How to Apply


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 2024 to be considered for one of these scholarships.


CEPH Studentship

The Department of Economics at Trinity College Dublin seeks applications for one funded PhD studentship, as part of the Centre for Economics, Policy and History (CEPH), the Government of Ireland-funded centre of excellence that links economic historians at Trinity College Dublin with Queen’s University Belfast. The successful candidate will be based in Dublin and, as part of the terms and funding of this scholarship, they will be expected to make an extended research visit to Belfast.
The studentship is fully funded for two years, covering all fees and providing a stipend. This stipend will support work towards a PhD, awarded on the basis of original research presented in a written thesis. The studentship is intended to support research into a substantive area of economic history under the supervision of one of the CEPH PIs (Prof Gaia Narciso, Prof Ronan Lyons, and Prof Marvin Suesse).

See the Centre for Economics, Policy and History (CEPH) site for further information on the position:

Applicants must apply with a 2,000-word research proposal in any topic in economic history with scope for policy relevance. Although not required, applicants may wish to relate their research idea to the development of the Irish economy over time and/or to one of the following three themes:
1.            Institutions of growth and cooperation
2.            Development and wellbeing in comparative perspective
3.            Borders and the location of economic activity

The position is open to start in September 2024. The candidate should ideally hold or be in the process of completing a Master’s degree in economic history, economics, finance or a related degree in the social sciences.

Informal enquiries may be directed to: Prof Gaia Narciso (, Prof Ronan Lyons ( or Prof Marvin Suesse (

Salary Scale: 

  • Year one and two – CEPH funding: Full fees (EU or non-EU), plus a maintenance stipend (€25,000), as well as €1,500 travel expenses for the duration of the studentship. In addition, a mobility grant of €5,000 is payable to cover additional expenses for an extended visiting studentship to Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Year three and four – Department of Economic funding: Full fees (EU or non-EU) plus maintenance stipend according to the Department conditions concerning PhD students’ stipends.

Please apply by Saturday 10th February 2024 to be considered for this scholarship.