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DCU Institute of Education PhD Studentship (Fee-only)

Dublin City University, Institute of Education is accepting applications for 6 part-time studentships. This is an opportunity to undertake funded (fee-only) part-time PhD studies over a six-year period commencing in September 2024. The six Schools of the Institute of Education will offer one part-time PhD studentship each. The Schools have individual application criteria which are listed below:

  • School of Arts Education & Movement Ref No.: AEM/PTFW
  • School of Human Development Ref No.: HD/PTFW 
  • School of Inclusive & Special Education Ref No.: ISE/PTFW
  • School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education Ref No.: LLECE/PTFW
  • School of Policy & Practice Ref No.: PP/PTFW
  • School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies Ref No.: SEIGS/PTFW

Institute of Education PhD Studentship Details

The successful candidates will enjoy a range of supports within the University and the Faculty, including Graduate Training Elements as well as having the opportunity to interact with research students and staff members. In addition, the research students will be mentored by members of their supervisory panel to develop their capacities to teach at third level, particularly in the context of education. The research students are expected to commence their studies on or before 1st September 2024, and to attend the University Orientation and Induction Programme for Postgraduate Research Students and contribute to Faculty activities commensurate with their studies. In addition, for a growth in doctoral student numbers to be impactful, we also need to ensure that all our students have the necessary supports and supervision to publish during the doctorate journey, at a level reflecting good performance for their discipline.

An annual package of up to €2,942 per annum for a maximum of six years comprising:

  • Fee contribution of up to €2,942 per annum
  • Research expense fund of up to €2,500 over 6 years (to facilitate travel to conferences and purchase of materials, to be managed through your supervisor or their nominee.)

Postgraduate Research Study at DCU institute of Education

Committed to academic excellence and innovation, DCU Institute of Education provides a transformative student experience through its PhD Research Programmes. As a centre of excellence in post-graduate research, the IoE hosts internationally recognised experts in its research centres across all sectors of education, from early childhood right up to and including further and higher education. It has an ambitious programme of education research and provides a research environment that is student-centred and inclusive. 

Belonging to an academic community is central to any research student’s experience here. Working with, and learning from, global leaders in education research, ensures our students participate in an active academic community. We are committed to a culture of career readiness, providing an education that will equip our research graduates to develop valuable transferable skills. In a world of new opportunities, today’s research graduates need to be adaptable, flexible and innovative. We are confident our research graduates will flourish in the challenging and complex contexts of 21st century societies.

Conditions of the Institute of Education PhD Studentship

Applicants should have a specialised interest in an area of education (early years through to further and higher education) and have developed a research proposal that will lead to a research degree of PhD. The successful candidate will be required to register for a part-time research degree (PhD) at DCU Institute of Education. This fee-waiver is open to EU fee eligible applicants only. You will be required to provide supporting documentation to confirm your EU status before a decision on your fee status can be confirmed. The successful candidate will be allocated a supervisory panel for the duration of their studies which will contain at least one primary supervisor and an Independent Panel member. The successful applicant will meet the eligibility requirements of Postgraduate Research students at IoE, Dublin City University as follows:

PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master’s degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area. 

PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline with first or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations, before being admitted to the PhD register.

To Apply: 

Please email the following documents to each ioe-research-office@dcu.ie. Closing date for receipt of application documentation is 5pm on Friday 2nd February 2024

All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. Interviews will take place week commencing 26th February 2024.

Informal enquiries for:

  • PhD study at the DCU Institute of Education, Dr Gillian Lake – IoE Chair of Postgraduate Studies by Research: gillian.lake@dcu.ie
  • School of Arts Education & Movement, Dr Una McCabe – Head of School: ioe.aem@dcu.ie
  • School of Human Development, Dr Sandra Cullen – Head of School ioe.hd@dcu.ie 
  • School of Inclusive & Special Education, Dr Aoife Brennan – Head of School ioe.ise@dcu.ie
  • School of Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education, Dr Geraldine French – Head of School ioe.llece@dcu.ie
  • School of Policy & Practice, Dr Martin Brown – Head of School ioe.pp@dcu.ie 
  • School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies, Dr Margaret Leahy – Head of School ioe.seigs@dcu.ie

NOTE: Qualifications/eligibility may not be verified by Dublin City University until the final stage of the process. Therefore, those candidates who do not possess the eligibility requirements, and proceed with their application, are putting themselves to unnecessary effort/expense and will not be offered a position from this campaign. An invitation to interview or any element of the selection process is not acceptance of eligibility.