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Funding, Fees and Scholarships

dining_hall_at_night Tuition fees are set by the Academic Registry and listed on the Academic Registry site. The Department of Political Science generally admits six students per year to the PhD programme, and typically provides financial support in the form of tuition grants, stipends, teaching and research assistantships, along with support for postgraduate conference and research travel. (Fee levels may increase in future years, however the Department typically pays these fees on students' behalf.) Graduate students are given the opportunity of teaching and tutoring on the Department's undergraduate courses, useful preparation for going onto the job market.

  • The Department of Political Science is currently inviting applications for four-year fully funded PhD studentships, to start in September 2021. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2021. See full details here

  • Applications are also sought for a fully funded PhD student working on a subject connected to the research project 'Prime-Ministerial Power and the Contextual Dynamics of Voters' Responsibility Attribution in Coalition Governments'. Applicants with a background in econometrics or quantitative methods are encouraged to apply. The scholarship includes EU fees and a stipend of €17,300 for four years. For further information please contact Dr Jan Berz, the project PI.

  • Applications are also sought for a fully funded PhD student working on a subject connected to the research project “Religious Group Involvement and Endorsement of Democratic Norms.” Applicants with a background in political science, social psychology, or sociology are encouraged to apply. A background in quantitative methods is a plus, but not required. The scholarship includes fees and a stipend of €17,300 for four years. For further information please contact Dr Gizem Arikan , the project PI.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to investigate other PhD scholarships/funding options:

  • Trinity College Dublin scholarship opportunities.
  • Students in their second year have been very successful in attracting funding from the Irish Research Council (formerly the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy also provides financial support to a limited number of PhD students through the Grattan Scholarships
  • The Department welcomes applications supported by the China Scholarship Council. Note - prospective applicants interested in applying through the scheme should contact the Department well in advance of preparing an application.
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