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Funding Opportunities


Ussher Fellowships
Highly competitive awards open to new entrants beginning PhD research only. All new full-time PhD students who apply before the 1st of May are automatically considered for these awards. An award is valued at €13,000 plus fees for three years.

Postgraduate Research Studentships
These awards are available to new entrants and continuing full-time students undertaking PhD research. The postgraduate studentship covers EU or non-EU fees and an annual maintenance of €8,000 for three years.

Further information about funding.

Many students in the History of Art department have been successful in applications for finding from the Irish Research Council. For further information, consult IRC (external)

A number of additional external funding opportunities are open to students studying the history of Art.
These include:

  • The Mr W. Henry Naylor and his sister Mrs. Henrietta Mary Downes Bursary
    This prize was established in 2015 from the estate of Dorothy H. Downes in memory of Mr W. Henry Naylor and Mrs Henrietta Mary Downes. It is awarded annually to a graduate of TCD in the History of Art or Fine Arts born in Ireland for further education or training in the discipline. One award having an approximate value of €600 may be made each academic year. Open only to Irish-born graduates of the Department of History of Art and Architecture in TCD
  • The Thomas Dammann Fund regularly gives substantial financial assistance to students wishing to travel abroad. The closing date for applications is usually early March. For further information, consult the Thomas Dammann Trust website (external).
  • The Desmond Guinness Scholarship is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society to an applicant or applicants engaged in research on the visual arts of Ireland including the work of Irish architects, artists and craftsmen at home and abroad, 1600-1900. Preference is given to work based on original documentary research. The Scholarship is intended primarily for applicants who are not yet established at an advanced professional level in research or publication of the visual arts. For more information consult (external)
  • Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
    The Society offers architecture history PhD scholarships, both in recognition of outstanding scholarship and in support of new research and publication.
  • The British Archaeological Association
    The Association offers support for completing thesis of post-graduate degrees and an essay prize.
  • Paul Mellon Centre
    The centre offers a wide range of fellowships and grants to support scholarship in the field of British art and architectural history.
  • International Center of Medieval Art
    The International Center of Medieval Art offers an annual Graduate Student Essay Award for the best essay by a student member of the ICMA. The theme or subject of the essay may be any aspect of medieval art, and can be drawn from current research.