The University of Limerick (UL) welcomes applications from prospective students from Brazil as part of the Science without Borders programme which aims to place 100,000 Brazilians in overseas higher education institutions over the next four years, to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects as part of a major Brazilian government initiative. Up to 850 postgraduate research students are expected undertake fully-funded PhD study in Ireland. Prospective students can view the research activity within the Science and Engineering Departments
UL Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr Huw Lewis, visited Brazil in October 2012 as part of a Irish Delegation from Third Level Institutions who were promoting Ireland as destination for Brazilian students to study.
Applcation guidelines for each of the programme types can be found below:
Full Doctorate Guidelines
Sandwich Doctorate Guidelines
Click here for a list of the current research projects on offer in UL: UL Science without Borders Research Projects
Why Choose UL as a destination to study?
- Established in 1972 UL is a ambitious, dynamic independent, and internationally focused University and is currently and in the world's top 100 Universities under 50 years of age. UL's campus area comprises 133 hectares, which includes 46 hectares located north of the River Shannon on the Clare side of the Campus.
- UL has gained worldwide recognition as a major research institution. UL hosts 222 Laboratories, (encompassing undergraduate teaching, research, specialist and high-tech facilities
- UL is adjacent to the National Technological Park (NTP), Ireland's first science/technology and there is closely interaction between UL and the NTP. Furthermore, Nexus a purpose-built Innovation Centre is located on the UL campus, This Innovation centre seeks to develop and sustain a vibrant entrepreneurial eco-system,. Nexus enables the accelerated development of national and international startups with global reach and the commercialisation of academic research resulting in the creation of new businesses and jobs.
- UL has over 11,500 registered students, including almost 2,000 International students representing 35 countries from around the world. 20% of our students are registered on postgraduate programmes, including over 800 students pursuing research degrees at Master's or Doctoral level.
- UL has a vibrant campus environment featuring state-of-the-art postgraduate accommodation, The University Arena, which includes Ireland's National 50m Olympic-standard swimming pool, the largest indoor sports hall in the country, cardio-vascular fitness suites and a health & fitness clinic. Four Floodlit All-Weather pitches, and over 56 clubs and societies. UL is home to the University Concert Hall seating 1000 visitors and the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance. With the campus located only 5Km from Limerick City Centre there is no shortage of opportunity for our students to have an exciting extra-curricular life.
For a detailed profile of UL please see: UL Profile
UL PhD students experience
o Professional and expert supervision, including a supervisory panel to advise on progression and training needs throughout the duration of the doctoral programme
o Access to world-class facilities and the best support and training to ensure that our students develop enterprising, employable and innovative as well as being equipped to become leaders in their chosen fields
o A unique campus environment focused on enterprise and internationalisation
o A suite of training options in advanced disciplinary and transferable skills, specifically designed for doctoral students
Our primary objective is to provide an outstanding student experience in an enjoyable atmosphere, and enable each student to realise their ambitions. UL is proud of the fact that employers continually confirm their preference for our graduates when searching for future high achievers. From the 2010 Graduating Class, a 94% employment rate was recorded by PhD graduates with employed, PhD graduates are also more likely to seek research opportunities overseas, and 19% are working outside of Ireland.
Applications are now invited from aspiring PhD students who intend to apply for funding under the Science without Borders scheme. Details of the application process can be found on . For more information on postgraduate research in UL, please visit our webpage www.graduateschool.ul.ie
How to apply to UL
Applications are invited from aspiring PhD students who intend to apply for funding under the Science without Borders scheme.
1. Prior to making an application to UL , candidates must first agree a project with the relevant Principal Investigator / supervisor.
2. Once the Primary Supervisor has agreed to support the candidate's application, the candidate should submit an application to UL through the Postgraduate Admissions Office.
a. For more information on the application process, please see: Application Process
b. Funding source: enter "Science Without Borders" as your funding source.
c. UL processes PhD applications on a Monthly basis.
3. UL will issue a Letter of Offer to successful candidates, as required to support their Ciência sem Fronteiras funding application (see our useful links page for more information).