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PhD Studentships

Postgraduate Research Studentships

Trinity College Postgraduate Research Studentships (code 1252) are available to new entrants as well as continuing students on the full-time Ph.D. register for entry in September and/or the following March of the same academic year (e.g. September 2017 and/or March 2018). More information can be found on the Dean of Graduate Studies' website -

Ussher Awards

These Awards are granted to exceptionally well-qualified candidates of outstanding promise intending and permitted to register on year one for a higher degree of Ph.D. in the University of Dublin. They are open to competition by graduates of any nationality, for research in any branch of learning in the College (subject to availability of resources and competent supervision in the chosen area). The Awards are for a three year period of research on the Ph.D. register. They cover annual fees and provide maintenance of €13,000 per annum. There are six Ussher Awards in every academic year. Three are allocated to successful applicants in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, two in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and one to a successful applicant in the Faculty of Health Sciences. There are, in addition, named Ussher fellowships of limited application (See below for further information).

Holders must be new entrants to the Ph.D. register, engage in full-time research and must be registered for a higher degree of Ph.D. in the University of Dublin. Holders have their award renewed annually on the basis of a satisfactory progress report, to a maximum of year three standing on the Ph.D. register and year two standing on the Masters register. Holders who were admitted to the Ph.D. register in year one and subsequently transferred to the Masters register in year two are permitted to retain the award for that year. Payments are made in twelve monthly instalments directly to the student’s bank account via the Staff Office payroll. Holders of Ussher Awards may not earn in excess of €18,000 (inclusive of the award maintenance) by private tuition, demonstrating, etc., or from other funds. Internships should be encouraged as a positive experience during a student’s Ph.D. However, should undertaking an internship result in the student’s income exceeding the upper limit of €18,000, a case can be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies, with support from the Supervisor, confirming that the internship is relevant to the research and should be undertaken. If this is approved by the Dean, the student will continue on the research register for the duration of the internship, while the award stipend will not be paid to the student for that period and will be returned to the general Postgraduate Award fund. The income received during this time will not be counted towards the student’s overall income for the year.

New entrants to the research register are not required to complete a separate Award application form. A section on the research application form must be completed in order to be considered for an Award. Nominations are assessed after 1st May and late nominations may be considered if places are still available after this date. Candidates are informed of the outcome of their application from June.

The Nesbitt Ussher Fellowship

This Fellowship, provided by the Trinity Foundation, is awarded to a candidate wishing to pursue research leading to a Ph.D. in History or Botany. In addition to the normal regulations applicable to Ussher fellowships, holders of studentships in their first year must send to the Dean of Graduate Studies reports of satisfactory progress and attendance signed by their Supervisor, which must reach the Graduate Studies Office by 1st December and 1st June. Payments, which are made in two instalments, the first soon after registration in September and the second on 1st April, will only be made on receipt of satisfactory reports.

Awards from benefactions

Cluff Memorial Studentship

This studentship was founded in 1987 in memory of James Stanton Cluff, Scholar 1858, with endowments provided by Mr W.V. Cluff. It is awarded as often as funds permit to a student registered or to be registered for a higher degree in the History School, or to a graduate of the History School registered or to be registered for a higher degree at another university. It is awarded for one year in the first instance, but may be renewed on evidence of satisfactory progress for a second year and in exceptional circumstances for a third year. The value of the fund may change from year to year. Applications should be made to the Head of Department of History before 31st August

Applications should include:

  • An outline of the research project (if already underway) or PhD proposal (if beginning in year of application)
  • A plan of research for year of application
  • Details of other scholarships or funding you have applied for or have secured
  • A brief curriculum vitae
  • A supporting statement from your supervisor(s).

Grace Lawless Lee Fund

Established in 1975 by Mr. J. D. Gwynn, in memory of Grace Lawless Lee, to promote and facilitate scholarship in history, primarily by assisting work by members of staff or, if sufficient funds are available, at graduate level. Students registered for courses based primarily on coursework are not eligible to apply to this fund. The income may be divided between more than one project in a year, or may be accumulated for a larger project, or in special cases may be used for grants in aid of travelling expenses and of publication. Applications should be made to the Head of Department of History by 24th April 2017.

Leland Lyons Travelling Scholarship in Modern History

This award was founded in 1981 by a gift from the retiring Provost, Dr Francis Stewart Leland Lyons. It is awarded biennially, at the discretion of the Head of Department of History to a graduate student who needs to undertake travel in connection with his/her research in some aspect of modern history. It is anticipated that the award will be supplemented by a grant from the Graduate Studies Research Travel Fund. With this supplementation the current value of the scholarship is expected to be approximately €444. Applications should be made to the Head of Department of History before 31st March. Expenditure must be incurred before 30 September of the year of application.

T. W. Moody Memorial Fund

Established in 1985 by subscription in memory of Theodore William Moody, Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History (1939-1977), the Fund is intended to assist graduate students to travel to libraries and archives, to enable them to obtain inaccessible material in copied form and to help them in other ways directly connected with their research. It is open to graduates of an Irish university, of not more than seven years’ standing, who are engaged in research leading to a higher degree in history.

M.Phil. funding opportunities

In 2017-18 all applicants will automatically be considered for the following awards:

  1. The Constantia Maxwell Faculty Studentship, with a value of 5000 euro is offered to a student in any of the School's M.Phil. programmes. This may be put towards fees or living expenses.
  2. The School of Histories and Humanities also offers one bursary of 1000 euro, to be deducted from the course fees, for each of its seven M.Phil. programmes.

Awards will be made on academic merit. All completed applications with an unconditional offer by the deadline of May 31st, 2017 will be considered.