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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). Information on scholarships for PhD Study in Political Science can be found here. The Department has also offered studentships in the past through the Provost's PhD Project Awards.

PSAI PEC Travel Funding Support Scheme
PhD students who are PSAI members are eligible to apply for this scheme for travel expenses:

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 preparing an application.