The School of Politics and International Relation at University College Dublin is offering the Iseult Honohan PhD Scholarships in the 2023/24 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
- Covers full fees
- Provides a living stipend of 16,000 euro per year for up to four years
- It is open to EU and non-EU applicants.
- Applications are open to anyone who intends to apply to the full-time PhD programme in Politics and International Relations;
- Continuing students or students transferring only part of their PhD studies to UCD are not eligible to apply
- 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:
- Cover letter stating the reasons for your interest in the SPIRe programme.
If you have been in contact with a potential SPIRe supervisor, please note this in your cover letter.
- Please also note in both your cover letter and email that you wish to be considered for the Iseult Honohan Scholarship.
- Thesis proposal (3-5 pages maximum), which should include:
- a statement of the research question;
- a brief literature review that points to research gaps the PhD project could address;
- an outline of theoretical approaches considered;
- a brief discussion of the proposed methodology
- Copies of all academic transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate)
- C.V. or Resume (2 pages maximum)
- Two academic references (actual letters, on headed institutional paper, required). If sent by email, they should be from an institutional email address. SPIRe reserves the right to verify all references.
- 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.
- This documentation should be emailed to Ms Dara Gannon ([email protected]).
- The submission of original academic transcripts and other documentation will be required as a condition of the final award of a place on the programme.
- You may also be requested to conduct a Skype interview as part of the application process.
Deadline: For those interested in the scholarship, applications to the PhD programme and the application form should be submitted by January 31, 2023.
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