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Funding, Fees and Scholarships

dining_hall_at_night Tuition fees are 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.

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 1st March 2020.
  • The Department has in the past offered studentships through the Provost's PhD Project Awards, and applications are now sought for the following:
    • A fully funded PhD student working on a research project on the legacies of colonial armies and/or civil-military relations. Applicants with a background in econometrics or quantitative methods are encouraged to apply. The scholarship includes fees and a stipend of €16,000 for four years. For further information, please contact Dr Jesse Dillon Savage, the project PI.
    • A fully funded PhD student working on a research project related to local and regional elections and the growing role of local politics in modern governance. Applicants with a background in econometrics or quantitative methods are encouraged to apply. The scholarship includes fees and a stipend of €16,000 for four years. For further information please contact Dr Emanuel Coman, the project PI.