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2019 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 opportunities 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 Consumer Financial Behaviour in the Age of Digital Finance
A PhD scholarship is available in microeconomics with a focus on consumer behaviour and financial services. The successful candidate will use experiments, survey data and behavioural economic theory to identify important issues of consumer protection, understand better the underlying behavioural biases and test solutions useful for policymakers.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Michael King and an opportunity exists to conduct some, or all, of the research in Africa or India. Potential topics include sports betting, loan or insurance choice, mobile financial services, payday loans and financial literacy.
The successful candidate will conduct a research assistantship under the supervision of Prof. Michael King. Please email Prof. Michael King at for further details.

PhD Scholarship in Big Data for Development
The student will be working on using big data to answer questions in development, in particular improving our understanding of high-frequency spatial mobility in developing countries. In addition to the coursework in economics, the student will attend courses in computer science.
The successful candidate will conduct a research assistantship under the supervision of Prof. Martina Kirchberger (Department of Economics) and will be co-supervised by Prof. George Iosifidis (School of Computer Science and Statistics). Please email Prof. Martina Kirchberger at for further details.

PhD Scholarship in Urban Economics/Economic History:
The successful candidate will build on existing work on the topic, undertaken by their supervisor Prof. Ronan Lyons. Using an innovative combination of modern methods of building housing price indices, and detailed real estate listings in newly digitized newspaper archives, the PhD student will undertake a thesis on the topic of long-run housing markets in North America. This will build on existing work undertaken by their supervisor and contribute to a broader project building and applying new housing price indices for the US and Canada, since 1880.
The successful candidate will conduct a research assistantship under the supervision of Prof. Ronan Lyons. Please email him ( for further details.

PhD Scholarship in Domestic Violence and Intra-household Decision Making
A PhD Scholarship is available in applied microeconomics, especially in the areas of intra-household decision making and gender.  This research project aims to understand the causal relationship between female labour force participation and intimate partner violence in Europe.
The successful candidate will conduct a research assistantship under the supervision of Prof. Alejandra Ramos. Please contact Prof. Ramos at for further details.

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 see

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 is the 15th April 2019.