Doctoral Scholarships at University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law in Ireland 2019

Doctoral Scholarships at University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law in Ireland 2019

The Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin is offering a number of full scholarships for those commencing their PhD studies in 2019.

Those who receive a Sutherland School of Law scholarship are required to undertake some teaching and support responsibilities (e.g. to assist in conference organisation or to assist in mooting competitions) of not more than 6 hours per week. They are also required, where eligible, to apply after their first year of study for a prestigious Government of Ireland scholarship.

Value of Award

The scholarships will provide tuition fees at up to the non-EU rate and a yearly stipend of €16,000. The scholarships are tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress.


  • The scholarships are available to full-time students commencing their doctoral studies in the School of Law in September 2019 or January 2020.
  • A limited amount of teaching and related duties will be required of scholarship holders.
  • The scholarships are open to Irish, other EU and international applicants.

How to apply

  • Complete an on-line University Postgraduate application by the deadline.
  • Please also send a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD, and in particular, why you wish to undertake a PhD at UCD School of Law.
  • This letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 single-spaced and can be sent either as an email attachment to or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

In addition to the cover letter you must submit the following documents:

  • A research proposal, there is no maximum length for a research proposal. Normally, it would be at least three or four pages long. This must include:
  • a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine;
  • an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and
  • a brief literature review. (The idea of this is to place the research within the current state of knowledge in the field in question. It should include a short, indicative, bibliography of works in the field).
  • Two academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date/time for this scholarship.
  • All academic transcripts.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
  • If you have queries on the scholarships please contact Ms. McCabe at the above email address.
  • Late applications will not be accepted for the scholarship.
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Deadline: Applications are ongoing. All applicants will be notified of the decision of the scholarship committee. The committee’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the committee’s decisions. Applicants not awarded a scholarship may nevertheless be offered a place on the PhD programme.

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