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PhD & Postdoctoral Research


The Department of French at Trinity College Dublin has a long and distinguished tradition in the fostering and promoting of doctoral research. Nearly all of our research students benefit from College or Irish Research Council (IRC) funding. Nearly all of our research students benefit from College or Irish Reseach Council funding (for a list of current and recently completed PhD projects in the French Department, please click here

The Department offers PhD supervision in a wide range of areas of French, notably Medieval and Renaissance Literature, History and Ideas; Enlightenment History, Literature and Culture; French Nationalisms and Fascisms; Contemporary French History; Surrealism; Translation Theory; Marginal Writing; Autobiography; nineteenth- and twentieth-century French Literature and Thought; Literary Theory; Aesthetics; and Sociolinguistics.

The Department boasts one of the oldest Chairs of French in the world (1776) and has, among its alumni, Samuel Beckett. The Discipline of French is a constituent department of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, which has consistently been ranked in the top 50 Modern Languages Schools in the QS subject rankings. French Department staff members are actively involved in the School’s research centres – the Centre for European Studies, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Centre for Literary Translation – as well as in Trinity’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute, the Trinity Long Room Hub. The Old Library at Trinity College Dublin is the largest library in Ireland, with invaluable manuscripts and world-class collections in the early-modern and later periods. The Library is a legal deposit library for books published in Ireland and the UK. It has significant holdings in French and extensive electronic resources.

How to apply

Prospective doctoral and postdoctoral candidates are invited to consult the Department’s research areas, select a potential supervisor (doctoral candidates) or mentor (postdoctoral candidates), and direct initial enquiries to the specific member of staff and then to the Head of Department , providing a full CV and an outline of the research project envisaged.

The research proposal (maximum three pages) should include: aims and objectives, status of scholarship relating to the project’s central research questions, the proposed methodology and compatibility of the project with the host institution (supervisor, research facilities, etc.). Please note that normally candidates must have a first- or upper-second-class degree in French (or in the French component of their degree) to be considered for research in the Department.


For doctoral and postdoctoral funding opportunities at Trinity, please click here.


For general information on postgraduate study at TCD, application procedures and forms, please contact Graduate Admissions.