Doctoral Research Scholarships at the School of English

The School of English

Dublin City University

Doctoral Research Scholarships 2022-2023

DCU School of English is a dynamic research-focused school with expertise in a variety of literary eras and genres including Poetry, Children's Literature, Irish Studies, American writing, post-colonial literature, Romanticism, nineteenth-century writing, the Novel, Drama, and Creative Writing. As part of our commitment to excellence in postgraduate research the School of English is pleased to offer scholarships for two full-time PhD students commencing September 2022. The successful candidates will receive a stipend of €16,500 per annum and have their fees paid for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression. The School of English is committed to equality of treatment for all applicants.

This year, the School of English is particularly interested in receiving research proposals in the following areas:

  • Children’s/Young Adult Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Irish Literature and Irish Women’s Writing
  • Transcultural Writing
  • Poetry Studies


Applicants must:

  • Hold a relevant undergraduate degree at first-class honours level or at least 2.1 level. Ideally, applicants should hold a relevant Master’s qualification. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.
  • Meet, where relevant, the English language requirements for non-native speakers of English.
  • Be capable of contributing to the teaching of the School as they progress.

Scholarship Application Procedure:

Candidates potentially interested in applying for a scholarship should in the first instance send a research proposal of c.3000 words accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count) to Dr Sharon Murphy, Research Convenor in the School of English at

Dr. Murphy will establish whether there is a potential supervisor for the research project within the School. Applications that are not supported by a potential supervisor in the School will not be considered for the scholarship.

Candidates whose applications are supported by a member of School should email their applications to, with School of English PhD Scholarships in the subject line. The application deadline is 5 p.m. (Irish time) on 31st March 2022.

Applications should include the following:

  • A letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the scholarship.
  • A research proposal of c.3000 words accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count).
  • A CV including names and contact details of two academic referees.
  • A copy of undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates.
  • Copies of transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Please Note:

Applications will be deemed ineligible where they:

  • Are not supported by an academic member of the School of English.
  • Do not contain all of the required elements listed above.
  • Are not submitted via email to before 5 p.m. (Irish time) on 31st March 2022.
  • Include material other than that requested.
  • Show evidence of plagiarism.
  • Contain any false, misleading, or unverifiable information.

Candidates whose applications are successful will be required to apply formally to DCU via the Student Application Portal. Applications submitted to the application portal before approval has been given by the School will not be considered.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Dr Sharon Murphy, Research Convenor, School of English at:

Useful resources:

DCU FHSS Doctoral Studies Hub:

DCU Graduate Studies Office:

DCU English-language-requirements for non-native speakers:…

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