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Funding opportunities for doctoral and post-doctoral studies at Trinity’s French Department

Trinity College Dublin offers a range of funding opportunities for PhD candidates. For information on how to apply for the Trinity awards listed below, please consult our Doctoral and Post-doctoral Studies page. For information on how to apply for IRC awards, click on the links provided below.

Pichois Award

Trinity’s Department of French is currently offering a research scholarship known as the Pichois Award for a suitable candidate holding a first-class or II.1 Honours Degree in French (or equivalent) and having a research project within the area of nineteenth and/or twentieth-century French Literature. The three-year award (made only once every three years) covers EU fees and subsistence costs of €16,000 per annum.

Ussher Award

This award is granted to outstandingly qualified students for three years of postgraduate study. A maximum of two such awards are available each year within Trinity’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, of which the French Department is a constituent member. The current annual value of the award is equivalent to EU/non-EU fees, plus subsistence costs of up to €13,000.

Provost’s Scholarship Award

Trinity offers 40 funded PhD scholarships (covering fees (either EU or Non-EU) plus an annual stipend of €16,000 per year for 4 years) across all faculties for students working on research projects with assistant or associate professors. Applications are made by assistant and associate professors in all disciplines who are entitled to be a Principal Supervisor of a PhD student, for an award in relation to a particular research project which they are undertaking or will undertake in order to fund the cost of a PhD student to work with them on that project. Successful awardees will then be able to recruit a funded PhD student to work on their project and will, in turn, supervise the student’s PhD to completion.

Prospective PhD candidates may also apply for funding through the Irish Research Council (IRC) and through The Association for French and Francophone Studies in Ireland (ADEFFI):

IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

The award offers a contribution to fees (including non-EU fees) up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum, a stipend of €16,000 per annum, and eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum. For further details and application deadlines, see

Bourse Doctorale de l’ADEFFI

ADEFFI offers a Postgraduate bourse sponsored in 2020 by the Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques en Irlande (AMOPA). The bourse is valued at €500 and is open to postgraduate students studying at a higher education institution on the island of Ireland. Applications, which can be in English or French, should contain a brief description of the candidate’s research project (no longer than 1,000 words). It should also include a curriculum vitae (listing personal details, information on university affiliation, details of any conference presentations and possible publications resulting from the candidate’s research). Candidates should also ask their thesis supervisor to forward a confidential letter of recommendation. The project outline, together with the curriculum vitae and the letter of recommendation, should be emailed to the President of ADEFFI, Dr Derval Conroy (, before 16th March 2020.

Prospective candidates for post-doctoral research may apply for funding through the Irish Research Council (IRC):

Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

This highly competitive fellowship aims to support suitably qualified applicants in any discipline to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at an eligible higher education institution in Ireland. Fellows will hold a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship for either one or two years. The fellowship offers a salary of €31,275 per annum, employer’s PRSI contribution of €3,425 per annum (10.95% of salary), employer’s pension contribution, where applicable, of €6,255 per annum (20% of salary) and eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum. For further details and application deadlines, see