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Phd Research Scholarships


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PhD Research Scholarships

Department of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Limerick


Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Limerick is delighted to offer PhD Scholarships to motivated individuals who wish to enhance their academic and professional career by undertaking a research degree. The Department is committed to research, teaching and practice developments which improve care, health and support of the people and communities we work with.

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery is offering PhD scholarships. Applicants should construct their application under one of the following research themes:

For more information on the Research Themes please click here.

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery can offer excellent supervision and a stimulating and energising environment in which to study. The value of each scholarship is €13,000 p.a. plus EU fees for a maximum of 3 years. Applications are also welcome from non-EU citizens; however, only EU fees for a maximum of 3 years are covered by the scholarships. These Scholarships will be awarded to new PhD research students only.

Successful applicants will be required to teach up to 6 hours tutorials per week during the semester as assigned by the relevant Department Head.


EHS Postgraduate Research Scholarships


The purpose of the EHS Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is to support full time PhD students.

Terms of the Award

Scholarships are held for 3 years (Ph.D.), subject to available funding and the student's continued satisfactory academic progress.

  • Scholarship recipients are expected to work on a full time basis on their Ph.D.'s.
  • Scholarship recipients are expected to contribute an average of 6 hours teaching/demonstrating/supervision per week during the teaching semesters (maximum of 26 weeks per year), plus associated assessment time for the duration of their scholarship.
  • Successful applicants must be willing totake up the scholarships by the beginning of the first semester, AY 2012/13
  • Selection panel decisions will be final, and not open to review. Applicants will be given ten working days to decide whether to take up the scholarships when offered. Scholarships not taken up will be re- allocated on the basis of points to the next highest applicants. However the panel will have the right to agree that low quality applications can be judged non fundable and a scholarship will not be offered in this instance.
  • Receipt of externally funded scholarships or stipends will not affect the value of EHS scholarships provided that they do not exceed €5,000. Scholarship recipients must inform the EHS Assistant Dean Research of receipt of such additional funding in writing

Evaluation Criteria


Evaluation weighting (%)

Academic Degree transcript(s)

This should include module title and all grades awarded to date


Personal statement (Maximum 600 words);

This should include information on the following points:

Why you wish to pursue a research degree?

Why are you particularly suited for your proposed research field?

What skills do you have that would prepare you for research work?

How do you see your career unfolding after you have completed your postgraduate degree?

Provide any further information which you might feel captures your abilities, success and potential for postgraduate research.



Academic and professional reference letters (two)

These should include at least one reference from an academic at the institution where you have completed your most recent degree. These should be sent separately to your application, but must be received by 5pm on the 7th June 2012.

Referees should indicate how long they have known you, their academic and professional role, and how they would rate you in comparison to your peers. They should also provide a reasoned assessment of your prospects as a postgraduate researcher.

Academic referees should also include a statement as to your position in your class year-group (based on currently available QCA data or equivalent), and where degrees have not been awarded, they should attempt to predict the likely level of award (e.g. 1st, 2.1 etc. or equivalent).

Please include the names, positions and contact details of these referees on your application.


Research Outline (max 300 words)

Use the Education and Health Sciences departmental web pages to identify potential research supervisors and research programmes that suit you skills and expertise. Where possible, attempt to contact potential supervisors to find out more information on the projects. Use this information (and other background research) to address the following section

Describe the background to the proposed research area (you may wish to provide references to the literature here).

Outline the main aims of the research.

Describe the research methodologies which would be used to address the research aims.

Explain what you think will be the major challenges of the research, and what you feel will be the key research outputs.



Applications for Funding

Applications should be submitted electronically (in a single word or PDF document) to the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Research Committee administrator (Jo Liston: email, phone 061 202511) by 5pm on the 31st of May 2012. The email should state clearly the application is for Ph.D. funding.

References should be submitted by email to the same address, and should be sent directly from the referee's email account.


For further information, please contact.

Research Administrator, Patricia White, Email:

Or Professor Catriona Kennedy, Professor in Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick

Contact Information:  Department of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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