Trinity launches 40 fully funded Provost’s PhD Project Awards

Posted on: 17 April 2018

Trinity College Dublin has launched 40 fully funded PhD positions across a wide variety of disciplines. The 40 Provost’s PhD Project Awards are open to EU and Non-EU candidates and include an annual stipend of €16,000 for four years. These doctoral awards are generously funded through alumni donations and profits derived from Trinity’s Commercial Revenue Unit.

Commenting on the significance of the Awards at the launch, the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “Research is the heart of what we do; it’s what drives this great institution, connected directly into our teaching mission. And, to stick with the metaphor, the heart needs to be constantly regenerated and pumped with new blood. Therefore a decision was taken last year to put money into PhD research projects; to offer 40 funded projects to Principal Investigators – or PIs – across all faculties, via a highly competitive application process”.

Inaugural Provost’s PhD Project Award recipients with (seated centre) the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, the Dean of Graduate Studies, Prof Neville Cox and Dean of Research, Prof Linda Doyle

A panel of senior academics, chaired by the Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Neville Cox, reviewed nearly 200 applications and were enormously impressed by all of them. The successful 40 projects showcase the range, depth and quality of the research taking place in Trinity.

The projects, from all three faculties and from many different Schools, put focus on the depth of scholarship across the university, and on the new and upcoming generation of academics who are pursuing the highest quality research and building international reputations in their fields.

These Awards provide the opportunity for PIs to go out and attract PhDs of the highest calibre internationally. They send out the important message that Trinity is a place where research is valued and where significant career goals can be achieved. PhDs coming to Trinity as a result of these awards will be conscious of joining a significant research project which is receiving support and investment and which links to the university’s research themes. They also signal our college-wide commitment to our PhD students who will be given the opportunity to work with and learn from global leaders in research, to benefit from their experience and networks.

The Dean of Research, Professor Linda Doyle, also speaking at the launch warmly congratulated the inaugural recipients of the Provost’s PhD Project Awards.

More information on the Provost’s PhD Project Awards and how to apply for them can be found here

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