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Scholarships

Please find below information on the various financial options open to Trinity students, including education grants, loans, and scholarships. Some of these options are open to all students, whereas some will have restrictions based on your EU/Non-EU status, course of study, and similar.

Funding Options

Students are encouraged to apply for Trinity-wide scholarships.

Trinity also offers a number of scholarship opportunities specifically for international students each year. Find out more about these on our International Scholarships page

International Student Scholarships

Trinity also offers a number of scholarship opportunities for Irish and EU students each year. Find out more about these on our Scholarships page
Irish and EU Student Scholarship

Students are always encouraged to explore external funding options in their home countries, including local and governmental awards. Students from the United States should note that Trinity is an accredited recipient of US federal student loans. Information on FAFSA requirements are available at www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/fees-and-payments.

Fees & Payments

Constantina Maxwell Faculty FAHSS Scholarship

Students may apply to be considered for Constantia Maxwell Faculty Scholarship for academic year 2020-21. The value of the scholarship is a €3,000 contribution towards taught Masters tuition fees in the academic year 2020/21. 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: www.ahss.tcd.ie/schools

To find out more about the award in your school, please contact the school directly: ahss.tcd.ie/schools/

Brief History

In 1909, Constantia Maxwell became the first woman on the Trinity academic staff list after being appointed lecturer in Modern History. She was a lecturer in history (1909–39), Prof. of Economic History (1939–45) and then became Lecky Professor of Modern History in 1946.

European Excellence Awards

Applications are now open for September 2020 intake.

Award: Scholarships valued up to 5,000 each, applied as a reduction to the tuition fees of a full-time postgraduate programme for the first year of study only*

Who can apply: Applicants with EU fee-status who hold an offer letter for a Postgraduate Taught Masters programme in Trinity College Dublin for the academic year 2020/2021.

Selection Criteria: The scholarship will be assessed based on academic achievement, and evaluation of the applicants’ potential to contribute to the overall Trinity community.

Application process Please complete this online application form

If you have any queries, please contact: Eupostgrad@tcd.ie

  • You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of scholarship request.
  • The EU recruitment team will inform you if you’ve been selected for a scholarship and will inform you for the process to formally accept the scholarship.

*Note: Applicants for Business School programmes should apply for the Business School specific Scholarships. www.tcd.ie/business/msc/scholarships.php

 

External Funding

Please find below information for funding outside of Trinity College Dublin. The information set out here is intended as a guide only and Trinity College Dublin may not be held liable.

Detailed information on all financial support for further and higher education in Ireland can be obtained from the relevant Higher Education Authority website: www.studentfinance.ie

Higher Education Grants - Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Application for Higher Education Grants is done via the website https://www.grantsonline.ie/

Postgraduate Research Studentships

Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Studentships (Code 1252)

General

A number of postgraduate research studentships are made annually to highly qualified candidates to enable them to undertake postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Studentships are open to new entrants to the full-time Ph.D. register as well as continuing students in a given academic year.

The value of the studentship is a contribution towards maintenance, plus waiver of the annual fee. The maintenance is payable monthly via the Staff Office payroll over twelve months. Applications are assessed competitively, and nominations are made at a Faculty level. As the number of studentships is limited, applicants are strongly advised to apply for all other awards and grants open to them. Candidates are expected to apply for the renewal of any Local Authority Scholarship they may have held as undergraduates. Research Scholarships awarded by the Ministry for Education for Northern Ireland are tenable at Trinity.

Individual Schools, particularly in the Engineering, Mathematics and Science and Health Sciences Faculties may have specific funds at their disposal and candidates, when applying, should enquire as to the availability of such funds.

Eligibility

Normally postgraduate studentships will be made only to applicants who are placed in the first class or the first division of the second class at a moderatorship or final examination or who obtained equivalent status at a final degree examination in a professional subject. However, graduates who are reading for the Ph.D. degree may be eligible if they have already received a Masters degree (excluding the degree of Master in Arts) from the University, irrespective of the class of primary degree received.

Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.

Conditions

The Trinity College Dublin postgraduate research studentships are open to graduate students undertaking research in any branch of learning subject to availability of resources and supervision in the chosen area. They are offered subject to the following conditions:

  • the holders must engage in full-time research and must register for a Ph.D. degree in the University of Dublin;
  • holders are required to engage in relevant academic and professional activities as determined by the supervisor. Within such activities, teaching-related activities such as demonstrating are limited to a maximum of six hours per week and are governed by guidelines provided by the Graduate Studies Committee.
  • income received by applicants from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Graduate Studies Office and the Staff Office payroll.

Applications

You must make your application for the Ussher award in conjunction with your Ph.D. application. This process is done online using tcd.ie/courses

Continuing students who wish to apply for this postgraduate Award should contact their School directly.

Nominations are considered at various times of the year depending on the School. New applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.

 

Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships

Ussher Fellowships (Code 1244)

General

A number of postgraduate fellowships are made annually to exceptionally highly qualified candidates to enable them to undertake postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. These fellowships are open only to new entrants to the full-time Ph.D. register in a given academic year.

Applications are assessed competitively and nominations are made at a Faculty level. As the number of postgraduate fellowships is limited, applicants are strongly advised to apply for all other postgraduate awards and grants open to them.

Individual Schools, particularly in the Science, Engineering and Health Sciences Faculties may have specific funds at their disposal and candidates, when applying, should enquire as to the availability of such funds.

Eligibility

Normally postgraduate fellowships will be made only to applicants who are placed in the first class at a moderatorship or final examination or who obtained equivalent status at a final degree examination in a professional subject. However, graduates who are reading for the Ph.D. degree may be eligible if they have already received a Masters degree (excluding the degree of Master in Arts) from the University, irrespective of the class of primary degree received.

Postgraduate Fellowships cannot continue beyond the third year on the Ph.D. register.

Conditions

The Ussher postgraduate fellowships are open to graduate students undertaking research in any branch of learning subject to availability of resources and supervision in the chosen area. They are offered subject to the following conditions:

  • the holders must engage in full-time research and must register for a Ph.D. degree in the University of Dublin.
  • income received by applicants from other sources (such as private tuition, demonstrating, research funding) can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the fellowship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Graduate Studies Office and the Staff Office payroll.

Applications

You must make your application for the Ussher award in conjunction with your Ph.D. application. This process is done online using tcd.ie/courses.

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/July onwards.

 

R.B. McDowell Ussher Fellowship (Modern History)

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin offers the R. B. McDowell Ussher Fellowship every three years.

The postgraduate Fellowship is available only to students registered for a Higher Degree by Research leading to a Ph.D. in Modern History. Preference will be given to candidates intending to work on the history of Britain or of relations between Britain and Ireland.

The Fellowship provides a sum of €16,680 per year for a period of three years to cover fees and maintenance. The Fellowship is sponsored by the London Trust for Trinity College Dublin and is tenable for a period of three years at the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin.

 

Irish Research Council Funding

The Irish Research Council manages a suite of interlinked programmes funding researchers across all career stages and disciplines.

Find out more at www.research.ie. Please also check the website for Trinity Research Innovation:

www.tcd.ie/innovation/

 

School of Religion Scholarships

ISE Scholarship information on School of Religion and the Irish School of Ecumenics Websites:

M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Studies – Belfast:

The Irish School of Ecumenics Trust will make the following scholarship available:

Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation M.Phil. (CRR) - €2,000 (1 scholarship)

There is no separate application process. All incoming students who have accepted a firm offer by 26th July 2020 will be considered. For further details please contact srpostgrad@tcd.ie.

M.Phil. Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies – Dublin:

The Irish School of Ecumenics Trust will make the following scholarship available:

Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies M.Phil. (IT&IS) - €2,000 (1 scholarship)

There is no separate application process. All incoming students who have accepted a firm offer by 26th July 2020 will be considered. For further details please contact srpostgrad@tcd.ie.

M.Phil. International Peace Studies – Dublin:

The Irish School of Ecumenics Trust will make the following scholarship available:

International Peace Studies M.Phil. (IPS) - €2,000 (1 scholarship)

There is no separate application process. All incoming students who have accepted a firm offer by 26th July 2020 will be considered. For further details please contact srpostgrad@tcd.ie.

Evening Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies – Dublin:

The Irish School of Ecumenics Trust will make the following scholarship available:

Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies Postgraduate Diploma (CDRS) - €1,000 (1 scholarship)

There is no separate application process. All incoming students who have accepted a firm offer by 26th July 2020 will be considered. For further details please contact srpostgrad@tcd.ie.

Ph.D. and M.Litt.

One ISE Trust Ph.D./M.Litt. scholarship worth €3000 is available for research in the fields of Peace and Conflict Studies or Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies.

For further details please contact srpostgrad@tcd.ie. Please visit: www.tcd.ie/religion