PhD Scholarship in the area of European security, terrorism, and criminal justice at Dublin City University (September 2023 start)

The School of Law and Government and the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) at Dublin City University (DCU) invite applications for one fully funded place on DCU’s four-year PhD programme, starting in September 2023.

One outstanding full-time PhD candidate will be offered a tax-free PhD stipend at the IRC approved rate, payment of PhD tuition fees, plus €2,000 expenses pa for a maximum of four years. This PhD scholarship aims to support research on European security, terrorism and criminal justice. The project undertaken by the PhD candidate will contribute to the debates on how best to build more resilient, secure and ultimately sustainable societies within a period of unprecedented global change. In recent years, issues such as current economic models, crime, population movements, diseases and pandemics, environmental degradation and climate change, and terrorism have become important matters of European security and have been at the heart of various ‘crises’. The proposed PhD project may focus on one or several of these issues or any other aspect of European security in a broad sense. The PhD scholarship is co-funded by Research and Innovation Support (RIS) at DCU and the European Union through Erasmus+ projects (Jean Monnet Actions) led by Prof. Christian Kaunert and Prof. Sarah Léonard.

The School of Law and Government is a research active school with world-class faculty. DCU regularly ranks among the top "100 under 50" universities as per Times Higher Education and hosts various research centres. The School is committed to embedding a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion, and to that end welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. 

The School operates a full-time structured four-year PhD programme with a range of taught courses in the first year and further professional training offered in other years. The programme combines the rigour and professionalism of the largely taught US approach with the independence and imagination of the traditional European supervisory programme. It is designed to prepare its students to conduct cutting-edge research and pursue successful academic careers. The School also gives its PhD students opportunities to contribute to teaching. 

How to apply

The deadline for applications is Friday 28th July 2023 at 5pm Irish time. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants are required to send the following to christian.kaunert@dcu.ie and sarah.leonard@dcu.ie 

1) a full CV with contact details for 2 referees;

2) the grades/full transcripts achieved in their Master’s degree with copies of transcripts;

3) a research proposal (c. 2,000-3,000 words).

Applications that do not include all the required information (1 to 3 above) will not be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email. Candidates are not required to apply formally through the university system at this stage, as they will first be assessed internally by the school panel.

We intend to shortlist and interview selected candidates online in the week beginning 31st July, with the online interviews most likely taking place on Friday 4th August 2023. Successful candidates then will be required to apply formally to be admitted as PhD students at DCU and may also need to show proficiency in the English language. Successful candidates will begin their studies in September 2023 and are expected to be resident in Dublin for the duration of the programme.