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School of Law Scholarships


The School of Law of the University of Limerick is delighted to offer three scholarships for doctoral research students, in any area of law, beginning their studies in academic year 2015-16. Each of School of Lawthese scholarships will include a full fee waiver in return for up to five hours tutoring per week for ten weeks of each semester. In addition, the scholarships may include, in addition to the waiver, a research stipend of €5000.

Students can pursue research in any area of law, but prospective applicants should review our areas of research expertise and identify and contact a Faculty Member to serve as Supervisor.

Note that the School of Law has three research groups:

The Centre for Criminal Justice (CCJ)
The International Commercial and Economic Law Research Group (ICEL)
The Research Cluster in Emotions in Society (CUES)

Each scholarship is available for a period of one year initially, with the expectation of renewal for a further two years, subject to successful academic progress. Recipients are expected to apply for outside funding as it arises (eg, Irish Research Council funding). Where such awards are more generous than the School scholarships, the latter will expire.

Questions may be directed to Dr Seán Patrick Donlan, Director of Post-Graduate Studies.

Prospective students should submit the following:

The application form
A curriculum vitae (three pages maximum, including contact information, nationality, academic qualifications, teaching or tutoring experience, etc)
Academic references (two)
Academic transcript(s) (for Third Level education) – not required for UL Graduates
Proposed Supervisor reference to be emailed to Dr Seán Patrick Donlan (confirming their willingness to supervise the applicant’s research).

These materials must be submitted either electronically to or by hard-copy to the School of Law Offices (FG013). The deadline for submissions is 5 pm (GMT) on Monday, 8 June 2015. It is our hope to inform applicants of the results by 15 June 2014.

Successful applicants will have achieved high academic marks in their studies. Prior completion of an LLM or graduate legal study is desirable. Applicants must subsequently be accepted to the University, including meeting its language requirements.

Note that it may be possible for those receiving Research Scholarships to engage in some tutoring as well. Additional funding for conferences and research travel may also be available through the