Scholarships 2018

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS) at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is offering a number of Scholarships, Fellowships, Bursaries and Fee Waivers to MA and PhD candidates.

The awards will take effect from September 2018.

Click here for all our 2018 awards

How To Apply

Click here for the online application form. (Please note the Athena Swan PhD Scholarship has a separate application process, see below).

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 11 May 2018.

Informal queries may be sent to Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann, Assistant Dean for Research, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick – email: niamh.nicghabhann@ul.ie

Please refer to terms and conditions to each source of funding.


Athena Swan PhD Scholarship: As part of our commitment to supporting gender equality across the disciplines and the Athena Swan initiative, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Engineering are delighted to announce a joint scholarship in the area of female participation and non-participation in STEM subjects in schools and at third level. The duration of the scholarship is up to 4 years, and the successful candidate will undertake a structured PhD programme. The recipient will receive €16,000 per annum plus EU fees (subject to successful academic progress). The PhD student will be jointly supervised by a team of at least two academics, with a minimum of one supervisor from each faculty. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st May 2018 at 17.00. (Ref: ATHENA) Apply


The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences is offering a Dean’s Scholarship AHSS for PhD Research in any AHSS Department or School EU Fee Waiver plus a monthly stipend of €1,000 up to a maximum of three years, subject to successful academic progress. (Ref: AHSSD) Apply


School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics is offering two PhD Fellowships in the amount of €7,500 per annum up to a maximum of 3 years, subject to successful academic progress. The Fellowship is to allow the holder to pursue doctoral research in the field of cultural studies or applied linguistics and at least one of the languages, other than English, taught in the School (French, German, Japanese or Spanish). Research proposals should relate to an appropriate area of research specialisation in these areas at the University of Limerick.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake teaching duties to a maximum of 6 hours per week as agreed with their research supervisor and relevant subject leader. An advanced level of proficiency in the pertinent language (spoken and written) will thus be a key attribute of the successful candidate.    (Ref: MLALS) Apply


The School of Law is offering the Honourable Mr. Justice John Murray, PhD Scholarship for doctoral research students, in any area of law. This scholarship entails an EU fee waiver plus a €5000 stipend for one year initially, up to a maximum of 3 years subject to successful academic progress.  As part of the scholarship agreement, the successful candidate may be required to undertake tutorial responsibilities within the School of Law. (Ref: LAWS) Apply


Aonad na Gaeilge, School of English, Irish and Communication invites applications for the following research awards:

Déanfar scoláireacht (táillí & 12,000 p.a.) a thairiscint ag Aonad na Gaeilge, Scoil na Gaeilge, an Bhéarla, agus na Cumarsáide. Tréimhse aon bhliain amháin a bheidh i gceist leis an scoláireacht (Bliain Acadúil 2018/19). Beidh ar an té a n-éiríonn leis nó léi suas go cúig huaire an chloig teagaisc a dhéanamh ag Aonad na Gaeilge.

Fáilteofar roimh iarratais ó iarratasóirí nua PhD nó ó mhic léinn reatha dochtúireachta in Ollscoil Luimnigh. Ba cheart go mbeadh baint ag na hiarratais le taighde ar oideachas múinteoirí (Gaeilge), ar an tacaíocht teanga, agus ar an gComhairliú Teanga. Ba cheart iarratais a chur isteach i nGaeilge.  (REF: EICS1) 

A one year scholarship of €12,000 p.a. and EU fees will be offered by Aonad na Gaeilge, School of English, Irish, and Communication. The successful candidate will be expected to teach up to five hours per week at Aonad na Gaeilge.

Applications are welcome from new PhD applicants or current University of Limerick PhD students. Applications should relate to research in the area of teacher education (Gaeilge), language support, and Advising in Language Learning (ALL).  Applications should be made in Irish. (Ref: EICS1) Apply


One one-year PhD scholarship of €12,000 plus EU fees from new PhD applicants in all areas of scholarship within the School: Irish language and literature, English, Journalism, Technical Communication and Instructional Design. The School may offer fees and stipend, stipend only or fees only to the successful candidate, depending on the quality of the application. The candidate is expected to have worked closely with a potential PhD supervisor within the School in preparing the application. The successful applicant will be expected to teach up to six hours of tutorials per week. Non-EU students are eligible to apply but, if successful, will be responsible for the shortfall between non-EU fees (€10,051) and EU fees (€4,321).  (Ref: EICS2) Apply


Sheridan Le Fanu PhD Fellowship in any area of Gothic or Irish Gothic literature, working under the supervision of Dr. Tina Morin, author of The Gothic Novel in Ireland, c. 1760-1829 (2018) and Charles Robert Maturin and the Haunting of Irish Romantic Fiction (2011). The one-year fellowship includes EU level PhD fees (€4,321) plus a monthly stipend of €1,000. The successful applicant will be expected to apply for Irish Research Council postgraduate funding over the course of the year and will also be required to provide up to five hours of teaching per week. Non-EU students are eligible to apply but, if successful, will be responsible for the shortfall between non-EU fees (€10,051) and EU fees (€4,321). This PhD fellowship is kindly sponsored by the University’s Athena SWAN Steering Committee. (Ref: EICF) Apply


Kate O’Brien Scholarship in Creative Writing. The successful applicant will be expected to apply for Irish Research Council postgraduate funding at the end of their first year and will also be required to provide up to five hours of teaching per week. The scholarship includes a stipend of €16,000 p.a. up to a maximum of four years, subject to successful academic progress. (Ref: EICKOB) Apply