Alumni Benefits

PhD Scholarship Opportunities

PhD Studentships in History and Geography


Funding amount: €16,500 pa plus fee waiver (Total value €22000-€26,000)

Duration: 4 years, full-time 

Deadline: 1 April 2022  

Start date: Sept 2022


The DCU School of History and Geography is a research-active school in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. We are currently offering two full-time doctoral scholarships, and invite applicants who wish to undertake PhD research in the following areas:



  • Early modern Italy (c. 15th-18thc)
    • History of religion 
    • Gender and sexuality
    • Social history
    • History of science
    • Comparative and/or transnational projects are welcome 


  • Late mediaeval Ireland
    • Women's economic and familial networks in late mediaeval Ireland
    • Civic cultures, pageantry and festivals in late mediaeval Irish cities
    • Lordship and patronage in the earldom of Ormond in the 14th and 15th centuries
    • Other topics in local, legal, urban, social or women’s history 


  • Early modern and modern Ireland 
    • Aspects of Irish history in later early modern period, c.1660-1850
    • Aspects of Irish women's lives in the period 1850-1985 
    • Ireland after the Revolution and Civil war 
    • Partition and its consequences
    • History of religion 
    • Poverty and efforts at its amelioration



  • Geography of Irish crime and punishment
    • Mapping and accounting for spatial and temporal patterns
  • Landlord landscapes of town and country (18th to 20th c.)
  • Housing and suburbanisation in Ireland (late 19th c. to present)
  • Rewilding as a nature-based solution to address Ireland's climate and socio-environmental challenges.
    • Candidates with an interdisciplinary background in fields such as geography, social science, ecology, and hydrology are particularly welcome. 
  • Societal and/or policy impacts of citizen science monitoring of freshwater quality


Applications in research areas not listed above will be considered, provided the applicant has identified a suitable research supervisor from among the members of the staff. Please direct any queries to Dr Maria Falina   


Outstanding candidates will be offered scholarships that cover all tuition fees (EU or non-EU) and provide an annual stipend for living expenses of €16,500 pa for up to 4 years subject to satisfactory annual progression.


In advance of an application, prospective applicants are required to make contact with the member of staff whose research area covers their proposed doctoral work. For faculty research interests, see:


Following informal consultation with the relevant staff member, applicants should complete the application form which can be downloaded below.


Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: Quality of the research proposal (including originality, potential research contribution and impact, clarity with which project elucidated and the overall scope); feasibility of the proposed research; strength and suitability of the candidate; and match with the proposed supervisor and School. 


Completed applications, accompanied by a CV, should be emailed to    Applications should be received by the closing date of 5pm on 1 April 2022. Only applications submitted using this form will be accepted. The decision of the panel is expected to be announced in late April 2022. 


Successful candidates will be required to apply formally to be admitted as PhD students by the University. They may also need to show proficiency in the English language. Successful candidates will begin their studies in September 2022 and are normally expected to reside in Ireland for the duration of the programme.