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McDowell Memorial PhD Studentships

Applications are invited for an award under the McDowell Memorial PhD Studentship scheme for 2021-2.

McDowell Memorial Studentships
Robert Brendan McDowell (1913-2011) was Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin. First appointed as lecturer in 1945, he worked at TCD until retirement and continued to reside on campus until he was 94. On his death in 2011, he left a generous bequest to the History Department, which is being used to fund these studentships.

The award is open to any student seeking to enrol on the PhD programme in September 2021. Before submitting an application, the student must liaise with a potential supervisor in the History Department and begin the process of registering online for the PhD programme.

Three awards will be made for September 2021.

The award consists of full EU fees for 4 years and a stipend of €5,000 in the first year of study.

Applications should consist of the following:

  • A brief cover letter – 1 page maximum
  • An outline of the PhD proposal – 2 pages maximum
  • Details of other scholarships or funding you have applied for or have secured
  • A brief curriculum vitae – 1 page maximum
  • At least one academic reference

Applications should be sent by email to the History Office ( by

12noon on 12 January 2021

Please address the email as follows:  ‘Application for McDowell Memorial PhD Studentship’.