A range of funding opportunities are available to postgraduate students, and the Department of Philosophy makes every effort to secure funding for students accepted into the programme. Some of these opportunities are identified below, and further details are available from the websites listed.
Irish Research Council
The Irish Research Council (IRC) provides funding for students from the EU to pursue postgraduate work. The closing date for the receipt of applications for postgraduate funding through the IRC is usually February or March (please consult the IRC's website (external) for the most up-to-date submission deadlines). Students must have been offered a place in the Ph.D. programme before they can apply for funding through the IRC.
John Dillon Fellowship in Ancient Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy is accepts applications from continuing and incoming students for the John Dillion Fellowship in Ancient Philosophy. The fellowship is a one-year PhD studentship that covers full fees and a stipend of €13,500. The holder may be required to teach, but will be entitled to extra pay for any teaching. To be eligible for the fellowship, your thesis must be in the area of Ancient Philosophy and you must not be in receipt of other funding for that year. Incoming students will automatically be considered for the fellowship when they apply to the PhD program. Continuing students should contact the Postgraduate Director of Teaching and Learning Alison Fernandes for details of how to apply.
Trinity College Postgraduate Awards and Scholarships
The University offers two classes of awards to postgraduate research students:Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships
These fellowships are available to new entrants on the research register. The fellowships aim to support and develop gifted research students. They are competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.
The fellowship fully covers EU and non-EU fees and provides an annual maintenance of €13,000 per year for three years.
An application for a College Research Award must be submitted together with with your complete application for admission to Trinity College Dublin.Postgraduate Research Studentships
Studentships are available only to new entrants to the full-time research register. The aim of the studentships is to support and develop gifted research students. They are competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.
The fellowship fully covers EU and non-EU fees and provides an annual maintenance of €6,500 per year for three years.
An application for a College Research Award must be submitted together with with your complete application for admission to Trinity College Dublin.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Each year the Department offers a number of Teaching Assistantships to postgraduate students. These entail providing weekly tutorials for undergraduate students, and marking undergraduate essays. Rates of payment are set each year by the Head of Department.
Students who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship may apply to the Head of Department, Professor Paul O'Grady (email). The Head of Department may also directly request postgraduate students to serve as Teaching Assistants, especially if such duties are required as a condition of financial award.
Funding for Conference Travel
Graduate students may apply to the Department for a grant for conference travel or books. The amount of the grant varies and grants are awarded on a case by case basis. Alternatively students may apply for funding for conference travel through the Trinity Trust Travel Grant administered by the Graduate Studies Office.
External Funding Opportunities
The Graduate studies office provides an excellent list of sources for external funding.