Alumni Benefits

PhD Scholarship Opportunities

PhD Studentships in History and Geography


Dublin City University, School of History and Geography


Funding amount: €19,000 pa plus fee waiver (Total value €24,500-€28,500)

Duration: 4 years, full-time 

Deadline: 24 April 2023  

Start date: Sept 2023


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



Applications are particularly sought from prospective students with an interest in:

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


  • Mediaeval Ireland (13th-16th century) 
    • Social history
    • History of Irish towns and cities
    • Legal History
    • Women and gender history


Other areas of interest to historians in the School include:

  • 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
    • Environmental history
    • Social history of medicine
    • Urban history



Applications are particularly sought from prospective students with an interest in:

●     Housing and suburbanisation in Ireland (late 19th c. to present)

  • Societal and/or policy impacts of citizen science monitoring of freshwater quality

●     Coasts and climate change

○     Climate impacts on coasts

○     Rock coast dynamics

○     Response of coasts to extreme events

○     Citizen science and coasts


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 Juliana Adelman ( 

An outstanding candidate will be offered a scholarship that covers all tuition fees (EU or non-EU) and provides an annual stipend for living expenses of €19,000 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 24 April 2022. Only applications submitted using this form will be accepted. The decision of the panel is expected to be announced in late May 2023. 

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 2023 and are normally expected to reside in Ireland for the duration of the programme. Please note that any scholarship offer made is valid only for the coming academic year (2023/24). If a student is not in situ at DCU by the beginning of Semester 2 in the specified academic year, the scholarship will be deemed null and void.