Doctoral Research Scholarships at the School of English

The School of English Dublin City University

Doctoral Research Scholarships 2021-2022

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 a scholarship for a full-time PhD student commencing September 2021. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of €16,500 per annum and have their fees paid for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression. There may also be a number of fees-only scholarships available.


Applicants should have a relevant undergraduate degree at first-class honours level or at least 2.1 level. It is desirable that they should hold a relevant Master’s qualification. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.

Priority Areas:

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

  • Children’s/Young Adult Literature (especially work utilising the existing Children’s Literature collections held by DCU)
  • Romantic and/or Victorian literature (particularly the novel)

Other Areas:

Other proposals of interest might be in the following general areas:

  • Irish Literature and Irish Women’s Writing
  • Creative Writing (please see DCU regulations with regard to pursuing a PhD by artefact before applying)
  • Transcultural Writing
  • Poetry Studies
  • American Literature
  • Gender and sexuality 

Scholarship Application Procedure:

Please send email applications to Dr Sharon Murphy, Research Convenor in the School of English, at, indicating School of English PhD scholarships in the subject line. Applications should include the following:

  • 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.
  • 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).

Suitable candidates will be directed to potential supervisors, with whom they must agree a research proposal before being considered for a scholarship.


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

Other useful resources:

DCU Graduate Studies Office:

PhD by Artefact:


Closing date for final Applications:

Wednesday 31st March 2021 at 5 p.m.