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School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies

Guideline for SALIS PhD Application Procedure

The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies welcomes applications from postgraduates interested in the areas of expertise of our school. These are outlined on SALIS Website ( for reference purposes.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must first identify and approach a potential supervisor who is a faculty member from SALIS. Before contacting a potential supervisor, you should ensure that your intended topic matches one or more of their interests. You must discuss the suitability of your research topic with the potential supervisor and develop a suitable research proposal. Once such a research proposal is developed and approved by the potential supervisor(s), you may submit an application to the Research Convenor, Dr Ryoko Sasamoto, by email ( Application without support from a faculty member from SALIS will not be processed.

Applications are normally considered between March and July. Applicants must submit the following:

(1) A CV including UG/PG awards, research projects, dissertations, and referees
(2) Copies of transcripts where available
(3) A statement from the candidate, outlining reasons to pursue a PhD in SALIS, suitability of the candidate, etc
(4) Name of supervisor supporting your application
(5) A letter of recommendation from your current / previous academic supervisor
(6) Research proposal (5000 words)

Research proposal

Your research proposal should include:

(1) A preliminary literature review to show your familiarity with the area and locate your work in the appropriate field
(2) Clearly defined research questions
(3) A proposed methodology
(4) Indicative contribution of your research to knowledge

After submitting your proposal:

Applicants who have the support of a proposed supervisor may be invited to interview.  If successful, you will be required to apply formally to DCU via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Note that applications submitted to PAC before approval by the School has been given, will not be considered.

Funding / scholarship opportunities:

You may self-fund or apply for funding schemes such as the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme or SALIS Postgraduate Scheme.

We continually update the list of current research opportunities within SALIS and encourage prospective researchers to see if they may be eligible for university-wide or external funding schemes such as a Daniel O’Hare Scholarship and Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.  Please note, however, that applications submitted to such funding programmes before  your proposal has been approved by the School will not be considered.

DCU application procedure:

You should also check out the DCU Graduate Studies Office website, which contains much helpful information, including a checklist of things to do on arrival at DCU, and information on scholarships, research fees, student support, and registration issues.