PhD Scholarships

The School of Communications at Dublin City University is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for up to five PhD Scholarships.

The School of Communications at DCU is home to almost 1,000 students at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. With a tradition stretching back almost 40 years, the School is defined by excellence in both teaching and research in journalism, multimedia and communications studies. In the QS global subject rankings in 2018 DCU was in the top 200 of almost 4,500 universities worldwide in the area of communications. The School’s academics undertake research that contributes to national and international debates and to public policy formation. They have also led research projects supported by national and international funders.

This cutting-edge research is across a range of (inter)disciplinary fields including (new) media studies, media history, journalism studies, science communication, political communication, social media studies, film and television studies, music industry studies, advertising, and cultural studies. In the past five years, the School has supported approximately 40 doctoral students to achieve PhD awards through this scheme.

The School now has an opening for up to five funded PhD scholarships (across a four-year duration). As well as a tax-free stipend of €16,000 plus fees, we also support our students with funding for conference travel and offer PhD students opportunities to gain teaching experience.

While scholarships are open to those working in a wide array of theoretical, epistemological and methodological approaches relevant to our school, this year, we particularly welcome applications in the following areas:

Environmental Communication: Fellowship(s) in this area will ideally focus on the communication strategies employed by journalists, NGOs, business, political parties and others concerning environmental issues. Particularly relevant are proposals around the framing of climate change, sustainability, air pollution, single-use plastics, carbon, emissions, fracking, agriculture or transport. (For further information, contact Dr. Dave Robbins –

Gender & Digital Media: Fellowship(s) in this area might include gender politics online, digital activism, online identity formation, sexualities and digital culture, pro-anorexia communities, gendered hate speech or gender and cyber-bullying. (For further information contact Dr. Debbie Ging –

Media Policy in Ireland and/or the EU: Preference will be given to proposals which relate to questions of media plurality, ownership and diversity.  These may include policy studies or studies which look at how plurality or diversity are operationalized at the level of content or personnel within media outlets. (For further information contact Dr. Roddy Flynn –

Music Industry & Policy: Fellowship(s) in this area will ideally focus on the political economy of the music industries, music and copyright, the music industries in the context of an evolving digital environment, music industry policy, music and the media. (For further information contact Dr. Jim Rogers –

Science or Health Science Communication: Fellowship(s) in this area may range from journalism practice to how media covers such topics and their public reception, to public or stakeholder engagement strategies in science and technology, or interpersonal / public communication between experts and society. (For further information contact Dr. Padraig Murphy –

Candidates must have consulted with a potential supervisor before applying.

Applications should consist of a 2,000 word research proposal as well as a brief CV detailing academic qualifications and professional experience to date.


Applications to: Ms. Mary Nulty, Secretary, School of Communications (

General inquiries to: Dr. Jim Rogers, Chair of PhD Studies (

Closing date: Monday 30th April 2018