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Trinity Research Doctorate Award (TRDA) Closing date 30 April 2024 

The School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences offers a studentship available under the Trinity Research Doctorate Award (TRDA) with an associated stipend of €25,000 p.a. and fees write-down for the four years (full-time) of a Structured PhD programme/research doctorate for allocation in 2024-25.

Conditions of the Award
The conditions of the award are:

  • Open only to new entrants to the full-time research doctorate register (EU and non-EU).
  • The holders must engage in full-time research and must register for a research doctorate degree at Trinity College, the University of Dublin.
  • Continuation on the research register is dependent on evidence of satisfactory annual progress and successful completion of the confirmation process at 18 months after first registration.
  • Both the doctorate researcher and supervisor will agree to participate in the pilot rollout of Trinity’s Supervisor: Research Student Agreement.
  • Postgraduate Research Doctorate Awards cannot continue beyond a fourth year on the full-time research doctorate register and cannot be split across doctorate researchers.
  • Decision on allocation of the award rests with the School

A limited amount of teaching may be expected of students in receipt of the studentship. Research studentships in the School are normally awarded to incoming candidates who have been accepted to study for a Ph.D. in the School. Decisions on admission are based on a combination of an applicant's research proposal (submitted as part of the application process), previous academic record, and professional experience where relevant. Information on the College's entrance requirements, fees and awards, and other regulations can be found on the Graduate Studies website. 

Prospective applicants are invited to contact the School's Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Dr Kathleen McTiernan in the first instance. Applications for admission are made online. Any student who has been accepted for admission in the School can be considered for the Trinity Research Doctorate Award. Students should indicate on the Ph.D. application form that they wish to be considered for scholarship funding– no separate application form is needed. Applicants who wish to be considered for the 2024-25 academic year must submit an application no later than 30 April 2024.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) – Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme 2024

Trinity College Dublin and the China Scholarship Council affiliated with the Ministry of Education in China offer a number of scholarships to Chinese students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. at Trinity. In the past, scholarships have included a full fee-waiver from Trinity, and a stipend for living costs, airfare and health insurance, provided by the CSC.

Constantia Maxwell Faculty FAHSS Scholarship (for taught Masters contribution to tuition fees)

Students may apply to be considered for Constantia Maxwell Faculty Scholarship for academic year 2024-2025. The value of the scholarship is a €3,000 contribution towards taught Masters tuition fees in the academic year 2024-2025. There is one scholarship available in each school in AHSS, funded by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity.

Constantia Maxwell FAHSS Scholarship

Named after the first female academic staff member at Trinity College Dublin, this scholarship provides an award of €3,000 to one taught Master’s student in each school in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS). This scholarship is funded by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin.

Eligibility and Application

Eligibility criteria are set by individual schools. Please contact the school to which you are applying for more information on the criteria and how to apply: The eligibility criteria for the Constantia Maxwell Scholarship can be found here. You can dowload an application from here.

Postgraduate Student Grants

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is the grant-awarding authority in Ireland for students. Students enrolling in postgraduate courses may get financial assistance under the Student Grant Scheme with the cost of tuition fees. There are 2 ways postgraduates may qualify for assistance under the Student Grant Scheme. They may either apply for a flat rate fee contribution of €2,000, if they pass the SUSI fee contribution means test or have all their all their tuition fees paid and essential field trips (up to €6,270), if they meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant for disadvantaged students. To qualify for assistance under the Student Grant Scheme you must also meet the criteria for nationality and immigration status, and residency.

Trinity Trust Travel Grant

The Executive Committee of the Trinity Trust makes funds available to the Graduate Studies Committee for allocation to graduate research students for attendance at conferences related to their research or for students who wish to carry out research abroad to supplement research already undertaken in Dublin. It is up to the student to submit their supporting documentation completed to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
To be eligible for the Trinity Trust Travel Grant Scheme a student must be registered under one of the following Research degrees: M.Litt, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Further funding opportunities can be found at Trinity College Scholarships.


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