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Funding, Fees and Scholarships

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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). The Department has also offered studentships in the past through the Provost's PhD Project Awards.

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 2022. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2022. See full details here.

  • Applications are also sought for a fully funded PhD student working on a research project on European Court of Justice and/or other aspects of international law (e.g. WTO or international human rights law) or postwar politics particularly in France. The scholarship includes fees and a stipend of €17,316 for four years. For further information please contact project PI Dr William Phelan (phelanw@tcd.ie).

  • Applications are also sought for a fully funded PhD student working on a research project on local elections and their relationship with national politics. The scholarship includes fees and a stipend of €17,316 for four years. For further information please contact project PI Dr Emanuel Coman (comane@tcd.ie).

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.