PhD Scholarships at NUI Galway

The School of Law at NUI Galway, which includes the Irish Centre for Human Rights where I am based, is currently offering a number of PhD scholarships, with a fast-approaching closing date of 11 November 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree and to join the community of human rights PhD candidates at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Full details are available here, with the following being the key information:

The School of Law is currently accepting applications for four PhD Scholarships. The Scholarships are awarded for the purpose of enabling the holder to undertake a fulltime Structured PhD at the School of Law. The holder may not simultaneously register for another course. The scholarships are aimed primarily at new PhD students and are intended to cover years one to four of the fulltime Structured PhD programme inclusive. However, the scholarships are also open to applicants who are in the first year of their PhD. In this case the scholarship will apply to the remainder of the fulltime Structured PhD Programme. Students who have progressed to the second year of their PhD (or beyond) are not eligible to apply. Each Scholarship is worth €16,000 per year, (paid on a pro-rata basis depending on start date of Scholarship), a proportion of which will be used to cover fees.

The holders of these Scholarships will reside in Galway, Ireland and will engage in research and undertake related teaching and other duties within the School and/or one of the Centres in accordance with University policy in addition to pursuing their own doctoral research. Those interested in applying should submit the following:

  • curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of two referees;
  • personal statement (max 500 words), indicating why the applicant should be considered for the scholarship;
  • A statement of the proposed doctoral research(max 2,000 words), outlining:
    • The central research question;
    • The proposed methodology;
    • The intended contribution to existing scholarship;
    • A research plan encompassing intended time-frames for the different stages of the research;
    • A training and career development plan to support and build upon the research.

In advance of their application, applicants must also have received provisional agreement for supervision from an academic supervisor drawn from the School of Law or its Centres. Application materials must be sent to by close of business on Friday 11th November, 2016. Incomplete applications or late applications will be deemed ineligible. Applicants may be shortlisted for interview. Successful scholarship candidates will be required to submit a full application for the fulltime Structured PhD program to Postgraduate Admission Centre (, with the final award conditional on admission by the University. Scholarships are not available for persons undertaking PhD studies at any other University.

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