The School of Politics and International Relation at University College Dublin is offering the Iseult Honohan Scholarships to PhD candidates in the 2019/20 academic year.

The UCD School of Politics and International Relations PhD scholarships are named after a former PhD student and colleague, Dr Iseult Honohan, who retired from teaching in 2015 after over 25 years of service to the School, University and wider academic community. Dr Honohan is warmly remembered by her former colleagues as a strong supporter of younger scholars.

Her PhD on Hannah Arendt, supervised by Fergal O’Connor in the (then) Department of Ethics and Politics, was awarded by the National University of Ireland in 1987. Her research in normative political theory focuses on civic republican political thought – notably in her book, Civic Republicanism (Routledge, 2002) – and its application to issues of justice and moral obligations; ethics and public affairs; and citizenship, immigration and diversity – including in her contribution to the development of the GLOBALCIT citizenship observatory.

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) is the oldest and the largest school of its kind in the Republic of Ireland.

Worth of Award

This scholarship covers full fees and a living stipend of 14,000 euro per year for up to four years.


  • It is open to EU and non-EU applicants.
  • Awards will be primarily based on the academic track record of the applicants and the academic merits of the proposal, but social relevance and fit with the school will also be taken into account.

How to Apply

  • Applicants need to proceed through the standard application process for the PhD programme before they can be considered for the scholarships. Application to the PhD requires submission of:
  • Full proposal (3 to 5 pages maximum)
  • Copies of all academic transcripts
  • CV or resume (1 to 2 pages)
  • Two academic references (Actual references required. If sent by email, they should be from an institutional address. If not sent by email, they should be on headed institutional paper)
  • Evidence of English language competence (where non-native English speaking applicants have NOT obtained previous university degrees from a university in an English-speaking country)
  • To be eligible for consideration under the scholarship, the application form below should be included as part of the application process.
  • Applications are to be submitted by email to Ms Cathrina Gaffney ([email protected]).

Deadline: For those interested in the scholarship, applications to the PhD programme and the application form should be submitted by March 22nd, 2019.


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