PhD Scholarships Call 2021

2021 Scholarship Information

The School of Communications at Dublin City University is inviting applications for a PhD Scholarship in the area of Media/Internet Freedom.


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 2020 DCU was in the top 200 of almost 4,500 universities worldwide in the area of communications. DCU is ranked number 1 nationally in Communications & Media Studies.

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.

The School now has an opening for one funded PhD scholarships (across a four-year duration). As well as a tax-free stipend of €16,500 plus fees, the successful candidate will also be supported with funding for conference travel; we also offer PhD students opportunities to gain teaching experience.

In this call, we invite applications in the following area:

Media/Internet Freedom:

The fellowship will focus on contemporary threats to media freedom and/or internet freedom. Possible research topics include (but are not limited to): threats to journalism; new forms of media capture and control; media/internet freedom measures and indicators; freedom of expression and content moderation or combating disinformation; human rights approaches to platform governance.


How to Apply


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

Closing date for applications: Friday 9th July 2021.

The scholarship will commence on 1st October 2021.