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Fee information can be found at the TCD Academic Registry page.

Applications for 2021/22: The School invites applications for PhD funding as follows:

1. The Provost PhD Project Award.

The School of Social Work and Social Policy is delighted to announce three full-time PhD positions, funded through the Provost’s PhD Project Awards. The funding covers the fees (EU/non-EU) plus a €17,316 annual stipend. Deadline for receipt of applications is 1st May 2021.

PhD positions available from September 2021 or March 2022:

  • Legacy Data: Assembling Three Decades Of Irish Abortion Narratives, under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Conlon Email:       Project Overview
  • Virtual Harm: Disability Associated Child Protection Risks and the Internet, under the supervision of Dr. Susan Flynn Email:   Project Overview

Students interested in any of the three PhD positions and who meet the criteria outlined below, are invited to email the relevant Principal Investigator to submit their applications by the deadline of 1st May 2021. A CV and a short statement on why the applicant wants to undertake the PhD project should be included in the email. Applicants may subsequently be asked to submit academic transcripts, the names of two academic referees, a sample of their writing/publications and be asked to take part in an online interview. The final stage of the application process will involve the submission of an online application and a formal PhD proposal via the portal.
The following are the essential criteria to qualify for the award:

  • A high 2.1 or first class honours (or equivalent) undergraduate social sciences degree
  • An MSc in social research or an MSc/MA in a relevant area to the PhD position
  • A satisfactory English Language Competency Certificate for candidates who do not have English as a first language

Read more information about the Provost’s PhD Project Awards.


2. The 1252 Studentship. 

  • The 1252 Studentship is now open for applications from both incoming and continuing PhD students. The closing date for applications is: May 14th, 2021, no later than 5pm. The 1252 Studentship covers EU and non-EU fees and provides an annual stipend of 8,000 Euro for three years
  • Incoming Students: All incoming students are automatically considered by the School and their documentation for this competition is extracted from SITS:   

    SITS application Form
    Research Proposal
    2 Academic References
    Academic Transcripts

    *Copies of Degree Certificates etc. are not required for this competition.  

  • Continuing students: Current FULL TIME Students who wish to apply must do so, by email to Noreen.OSullivan@tcd.ieby May 14th, 2021, no later than 5pm.

    Continuing Students must submit:

    A CV
    1000 word Research Proposal. 
    All other documentation (academic transcripts, academic references) is extracted from SITS. Part-time students are not eligible to apply for this award.

Please note that this is a hard deadline – no late applications will be considered under any circumstances.

3. Ussher PhD Scheme (Incoming students only)

  • Incoming PhD students who have been granted an ‘unconditional offer’ on application system are eligible to apply for the Ussher Scholarship (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS)). The Ussher Scholarship covers EU and non-EU fees and provides an annual stipend of 13,000 Euro for three years.

    Incoming students must inform their academic supervisor and the Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate, Dr. Paula Mayock (, if they wish to apply for this Scholarship. One incoming PhD student will be selected by the School and put forward as an applicant for the Ussher Scholarship.

    The deadline for the submission of the application by the School to the FAHSS Office is May 10th, 2021 no later than 5pm. This means that the Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate will need to be informed by a student of their wish to apply for the Ussher Scholarship no later than Monday, May 3rd, 2021.

Additional Sources of Funding

Irish Students

  • The Student Grant Scheme pays fees plus a small stipend.  It is means-tested and may be based on parents’ income if the student is living in their parent’s home or is less than 23 years of age.  Students over 23 years of age and living independently may quality for the Mature Student Grant Scheme. For more information please check 'HEA' website or contact your local authority.
  • If you are a self-funding student you can apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief on your tuition fees.
  • You may apply to the Irish Research Council for funding. No teaching is allowed in first year and a maximum of three hours per week thereafter. Applications are usually due in November. Your application must be cleared internally by Trinity College first and there is an internal deadline for applications.
  • North-South Scholarships. Universities Ireland, the body which promotes collaboration between the nine universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, offers scholarships to students undertaking postgraduate studies in the other Irish jurisdiction. This scholarship is worth €15,000 and must be taken up in September or October.
  • More information on external funding and some useful funding links can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

 Additional Sources of Funding (US and Canadian Students)

  • You may be eligible for a US Federal Loan from the Department of Education or you can take out a private education loan from a bank in the US. For more information about Federal Loans check 'Federal Student Aid' website.
  • Canadian students can apply for a loan from the Canadian Student Loan Program. You can take out a private loan from the Canadian Higher Education Loan Program. Application forms are available from the 'International Student Loan' website. 

Additional Sources of Funding (Non EEA Students)

  • The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Programme for 2019/20 is now open for applications. Government of Ireland International Scholarships are awarded to high calibre students from non-EEA countries to study in Ireland for a period of one year. The HEA will award a scholarship fund to the student amounting to €10,000 for one study year. This fund is directed at supporting student costs and living expenses. Trinity would provide a full tuition fee waiver to successful students for the specified scholarship year. More information is available Government of Ireland Scholarships 2019/20

Postgraduate Support Fund 2020-21

  • The School of Social Work & Social Policy has been allocated a small fund by the Trinity Foundation arising from the recent Alumni Appeal. This fund is being used to support PhD Student research, for the following purposes only:
    1) Participation in an academic meeting or conference relevant to the student’s research;
    2) Participation in a training course or workshop relevant to the student’s research.
    3) The purchase of software (student licenses only).
    4) Costs related directly to the conduct of PhD research (e.g. travel related to data collection; transcription; purchase of a dictaphone).
    All applications to this fund must be supported by the student’s supervisor. A student who has scholarship funding may claim up to a maximum of €300 in any academic year. A student who is self-funded may claim up to a maximum of €500 in any academic year. All applications must include relevant receipts. All applications must be supported and signed by the student’s supervisor. All applications must include relevant receipts. Application Form