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Postgraduate Research and Funding

University of Limerick postgraduate funding checklist

One of the big considerations of any postgraduate study is the cost, so we’ve put together this short list of your options for postgraduate funding to help you along the way.

Note: the scholarship information is updated throughout the year, so please check in with the UL site for updates.

Grants

Students enrolling in postgraduate courses may be eligible for financial assistance through the government’s student grant scheme.

Grants cover some/all of the cost of tuition fees and the course must be in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

SUSI awards grants on two levels:

  • A flat rate fee contribution of €2,000 if you pass a fee contribution means test (essentially based on your earnings and living situation).
  • Cover for all tuition fees and essential field trips (up to €6,270) if you meet the qualifying conditions of the special rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

To qualify, students must meet the requirements for:

  • Nationality.
  • Immigration status.
  • Residency.

To find out if you’d be eligible for a grant or for more information on how to apply, visit SUSI.ie.

Postgraduate scholarships available at the University of Limerick

Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarships

  • Politics and Public Administration:
    • For students who hold SUSI grants, equivalent to 50% of an EU fee waiver. Find out more here
  • Law:
    • LLM/MA (Human Rights in Criminal Justice)
      • Judge Michael Reilly Scholarship: 33% fee waiver open to an Garda Síochána.
      • 2x 33% fee waiver open to an Garda Síochána.
    • LLM (International Commercial Law)
      • 50% fee waiver.
      • Eversheds, Solicitors: The international corporate law firm offers a very generous scholarship to the student registering for the LLM in September 2019 with the highest undergraduate degree award.
    • LLM (General)
      • 50% fee waiver.
    • Online MA (Human Rights in Criminal Justice)
      • 14 x fee waivers for candidates from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

For more information on Law scholarships, visit the School of Law’s webpage.

  • Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics
    • 4x 50% fee waivers for taught MA programmes. As part of the award, the successful candidate must complete two hours of teaching per week per semester.
  • English, Irish, and Communication
    • 2x competitive €1,000 part-fee waivers to the MA in English.
  • Sociology
    • No scholarship this year.

For more information on scholarships in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, please check in with the AHSS website throughout the year as the information becomes available.

 

Irish World Academy Scholarships

  • PPC Scholarship
    • 2x residential scholarships to support postgraduate research students.
  • Academy Comhaimseratha Fee Waivers
    • 2x full research EU fee waivers to PhD students. Successful applicants will provide editorial support towards the compilation and publication of the IWA’s biannual Comhaimseartha/Of Our Times brochure.
  • Fee waiver
    • A limited number of full and/or partial fee waivers for research students at MA and PhD level. Distributed on an annual basis, the decision will be made by the Academy Director.
  • RTÉ Lyric FM Scholarships
    • A scholarship for talented string players who wish to study at UL. Recipients may be required to engage in work at the Academy, aimed towards professional development.
  • Universal Music UK Sound Foundation
    • A Bursary in Community Music is available to an IWA student from Universal Music UK Sound Foundation, the independent charity.
  • Roche Continents – Youth! Arts! Science!
    • 100 students across Europe, aged 20-29, are selected to attend concerts and talks, to join discussions with artists, and take part in group workshops exploring the common ground of innovation and creativity in the arts and science.
  • Stepping Stones Scholarship
    • 3x €1,000 general scholarships for IWA students on taught MA programmes. Students must have a demonstrable record in a performance and/or academic specialisation relevant to a programme of study at the Academy.

The IWA scholarships have different application processes and deadlines, so please check the Academy’s webpage about scholarships throughout the year to find relevant information for you.

 

Science and Engineering Scholarships

  • 10x €2,000 scholarships towards the course fee, funded by the Faculty Office to EU applicants

Visit UL’s website throughout the year to find out more.

Kemmy Business School Scholarships

  • 10x €2,000 fee waivers for EU applicants, paid as a reduction of fees.
  • 1x 50% fee waiver open to Women’s Gaelic Plays Association.
  • Scholarships each semester for full-time PhD study that covers full fees for four years, subject to satisfactory progression, as well as a stipend of €1,000 per month.

Visit UL’s funding page to find out more.

Education & Health Sciences Scholarships

  • School of Allied Health
    • 2x Structured PhD scholarships: fees pa for 4 years (€17,284 in total).
    • 1x Structured PhD scholarship: fees pa for 4 years (€17,976), plus €16,000 stipend; research expenses (consumable and travel) for €2,250 for four years. (Total: €90,976.)
    • Fee waiver – MSc by research; fees pa for 2 years.
    • SAH Interprofessional Education PhD scholarship: fees pa for 4 years (€4,942 per annum); €16,000 stipend; research expenses (consumable and travel) €2,250 for four years. (Total: €92,768.)
    • Research award: Foundation award and student peer award – book tokens €50 per student.
  • Physical Education and Sport Sciences
    • Pat Duffy Teaching and Coaching Scholarship: The PESS Department will contribute €3,000 per year over the 2 years towards the fees of a part-time research Masters.
    • Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS) Postgraduate: Scholarship scheme. Four-year PhD inclusive of fees (approx. €5,000 per annum) and bursary valued at €13,000 per annum.
    • PJ Smyth Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS) Postgraduate: Scholarship scheme. Four-year PhD inclusive of fees (approx. €5,000 per annum) and bursary valued at €13,000 per annum.
  • Graduate Entry Medical School
    • Scholarship: 100% of programme fees for Access-route students, plus a moderate maintenance bursary.
    • Awards – First prize in the Discipline of Surgery: medal.
    • Awards – First prize in Professional Competencies Care: medal.
    • Awards – First prize in the Discipline of Psychiatry: medal.
    • Awards – First prize in the Discipline of Paediatrics: medal.
    • Awards – First prize in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: medal.
    • Awards – First prize in the Discipline of Medicine: medal.
    • Awards – First prize in the Discipline of General Practice/Primary Care: medal.
    • Awards – First prize for overall performance in the BMBS: medal.
  • Nursing & Midwifery
    • Edith and Leslie Downer Entrance Scholarship: €1,000 pa.
    • MSc Nursing Studies programme; €3,000 to each student.
  • Psychology
    • 2x stipend and fee waiver.
  • EHS General (ADR)
    • 1x fee waivers for structured PhD.

Visit the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences’ website throughout the year to find out more.

Skillnet and Springboard+ Funding for Professional Learners

  • Skillnet funding
    • Skillnet Ireland receives funding from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. It awards funding in four general core programmes: the Training Networks Programme; the Future Skills Programme; Skillnet Ireland Management Development; and Employment Activation Programme. To find out if it’s relevant to you, visit SkillnetIreland.ie.
  • Springboard+ funding
    • An upskilling initiative in higher education that offers free courses at certificate, degree, and masters level in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. Springboard+ is co-founded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund. Courses are part-time for a maximum of 12 months are open to all eligible applicants regardless of their employment status. Find out more on the springboard+ website.
 
 

Postgraduate Research

About postgraduate research: Click here for more details

A research degree involves an in-depth study of a specific topic which is then written up as a thesis. At the University of Limerick, you can apply for a Masters by research (MA), Research Doctoral (PhD) or Structured PhD (SPhD). On average a research degree takes between two to four years to complete. You can apply anytime during the year, and you can apply straight after your undergraduate degree. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information on postgraduate research.

Postgraduate research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UL

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland is a vibrant, outward-looking faculty that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality teaching. Faculty are involved in research across a range of disciplines including Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, English, Gaeilge, History, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Modern Languages, New Media, Politics, Public Administration, Sociology, Teaching English as a Second Language and Technical Communication and ELearning. Our postgraduate research student community is housed in the AHSS Graduate Research Centre.

Visit this page for more information

The deadline has been extended for applicants to apply for 2017 AHSS Fee waivers and scholarships. The deadline is now Friday 12 May 2017.

AHSS Fee Waivers and Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is offering a number of Fee Waivers and Scholarships to PhD candidates on a competitive basis. 
 
The awards will take effect from September 2017. 
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland is a vibrant, outward-looking faculty that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.  Faculty are involved in research across a range of disciplines including Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, English, Gaeilge, History, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Modern Languages, New Media, Politics, Public Administration, Sociology, Teaching English as a Second Language and Technical Communication and ELearning.   Our PhD students are housed in the AHSS Graduate Research Centre. The faculty convenes an annual Postgraduate Research Conference. 
 
Successful applicants will be expected to deliver a small number of tutorial hours in lieu of their award. 
 
Full details of the AHSS Research Supervisor’s areas of expertise may be found at: www.ul.ie/artsoc/pg-research/supervisors.
 

How To Apply: 

Complete the online application form and submit by the deadline for receipt of all application materials is 5pm (local Irish Time) April 28th 2017.  
 
Please supply 2 references to niamh.lenahan@ul.ie by 5pm April 28th 2017.
 
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
For more details: http://www.ul.ie/http://www.ul.ie/artsoc/fee-waivers-and-scholarships
 

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities 2016/17

PhD opportunities and fellowships in the School will be announced in early 2017 for a start date in the 2017/18 academic year!

Scholarships in Culture and Communication: Updated Closing Date for Applications!!

The Fellowship, which includes EU fees and maintenance (of €15,000 per annum) for three years will allow the holder to pursue doctoral research. Projects will be evaluated in terms of individual merit. Topics are open, but particular attention will be given to applications in one of the following areas of specialism:
• embodiment and sexuality
• early modern, enlightenment, and Gothic literatures
• contemporary writing
• Irish and American literatures or cultures
• creative writing

Successful applicants will be required to provide a maximum of six tutorial hours per week in lieu of the Teaching Fellowship.

For further information, please contact Dr Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, Head of School, School of Culture & Communication (email: Tadhg.OhIfearnain@ul.ie) or cc@ul.ie