History Bursary - 1912-1923: Reflecting On a Decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 2017

Publish Date: Apr 19, 2017

Deadline: May 04, 2017



Universities Ireland, the body that promotes collaboration between universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, is offering four bursaries to students commencing post-graduate study on a topic relating to the 1912-1923 period in Ireland, the decade of the First World War and the division of the island into the states of Ireland (Irish Free State) and Northern Ireland. Applications are particularly welcome this year from students undertaking work on the impact of events in 1917 on this island.

This bursary scheme is part of a wider inter-university initiative by the universities on the island of Ireland entitled ‘1912-1923: Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland’ that is making a high-level, scholarly and sustained contribution to reflection on this vital period by the island’s intellectual leaders, the ten universities (and particularly their departments of history). The initiative also involves a series of annual international conferences.

There are four bursaries of €6,500 and they must be taken up for the academic year 2017-2018. While it is not required that the study be completed in 2017, there will be no further award for study in following years.


These bursaries are open to all students currently registered at (or who have graduated within the past five years from) a university or other higher education institution and who have been accepted (or are confident that they will be accepted) onto a post-graduate course at an Irish or British university on a topic to do with the 1912-1923 period in Ireland. This bursary scheme is open only to students beginning a PhD by research/Masters, not those who have already embarked on one.

This scheme is aimed primarily at students of history, although it is also open to students from other related disciplines such as literature, politics, economics, sociology and religion to apply.

This scheme is open only to students wishing to undertake post-graduate study at an Irish or British university, although applicants can hold a primary degree from a university or other higher education institution in any country. The fundamental requirement of this bursary scheme is that applicants must have been accepted to commence post-graduate study – on a fulltime or part-time basis – in an Irish or British university before any award can be made. The successful candidate will be provisionally notified by early June 2017 and will have until 2nd September 2017 to provide documentary proof to Universities Ireland that they have been offered such a place. If such proof is not forthcoming, a bursary will be offered to the first person on a reserve list.


To be considered for this award, applicants will be required to write a short essay of 2,000 words outlining their proposed research topic in an area related to the 1912-1923 period in Ireland. The essay should outline the field of research and suggest the principal ideas that will be developed and/or hypotheses that will be tested. It should outline briefly the existing historiography and the archives that will be used in the chosen research area. It should make clear what may be considered as new and original in the proposed topic.


The deadline for applications for this bursary will be Thursday 4th May 2017 by 4pm. The completed application form and essay should be sent to Eimear Donnelly, Universities Ireland by email (crossborder@qub.ac.uk).

The successful applicant will be informed of the panel decision by early June. S/he will have until Friday 2nd September to provide documentary proof to Universities Ireland that they have been offered a place at an Irish or British university to undertake a post-graduate on a topic related to the 1912-1923 period in Ireland.


It will be a condition of this scheme that the successful candidate will attend the one-day Universities Ireland conference – “Reflecting on a Decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923” – in 2017.

The bursary will be paid in two parts: 50% at the beginning of the student’s first post-graduate year in autumn 2017; and 50% at the end of their first year in June 2018 upon production of a report. This report will detail how the research is proceeding and this report must be countersigned by the student’s supervisor, confirming that the research is proceeding satisfactorily. The bursary will be paid in euro.

Acknowledgment of this bursary must be made in the completed post-graduate study and in any publications arising from it. A copy of these publications must be submitted to Universities Ireland and Universities Ireland reserve the right to publish this material on their website www.universitiesireland.ie.

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