Maynooth University John & Pat Hume Doctoral Awards, Ireland

Publish Date: Feb 25, 2016

Deadline: Mar 24, 2016

Maynooth University John & Pat Hume Doctoral Awards

Doctoral awards are offered funding support for new doctoral students across all departments of the University. Applicants for the awards should first make contact with a Maynooth University Department or Research Institute to discuss their suitability for a PhD programme. Applicants must indicate the name of their proposed supervisor on the application form.

The awards are open to new PhD applicants of any nationality who meet eligibility requirements specified in the scheme’s Terms & Conditions.

Students intending to register initially as a Research Masters student and transfer onto the PhD register after the first year of study are also eligible to apply if they meet other eligibility criteria.

A summary of key features of the scheme is available here.

Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the terms and conditions of the scheme .  

***The online application system is now open. Please visit our webpage dedicated to this competition to access the Guide for applicants and the online application system.***

MU John and Pat Hume doctoral awards will be offered to successful doctoral applicants with demonstrated excellence in course work and research. Consideration will be given to the relevance of proposed doctoral research to the university’s research priorities. Applicants will also be expected to have some prior non-academic engagement such as volunteering, outreach and similar activities, in line with the university’s strategic plan.

Awards 1), 2) and 3) will be offered as prizes under a single competition within each faculty (except for the scholarship available under the Maynooth Access Programme, which is subject to additional criteria described in the relevant section below). The highest ranked applicant in each faculty will be awarded the “Maynooth University Doctoral fellowship”, applicants ranked 2nd – 4th will be offered the “Maynooth University Doctoral scholarship” and applicants ranked 5th – 10th will be offered the “Maynooth University Doctoral studentship”.

Maynooth University Doctoral studentships (award 3) are designed to support students interested in pursuing a structured work-study programme under which doctoral research and study will be coupled with teaching activities within the graduate teaching awards (GTA) framework. To facilitate this programme, part time registration will be allowed and a five-year completion time will be the target. Where students do not participate in the work-study programme, fee waivers will be provided for up to four years of full-time registration. Prospective doctoral students interested exclusively in participating in the structured work-study programme and those not eligible for awards 1) and 2) will indicate so on the application form, and will not be considered for awards 1) and 2). Applications for the Maynooth University Doctoral scholarship available under the Maynooth Access Programme will be assessed separately under a specific set of criteria.

Duration of awards

Maximum duration of MU Doctoral fellowships and MU Doctoral scholarships (award 1 and 2) is four years.

Maximum duration of MU Doctoral studentships (award 3) is four years for award holders studying full time and six years for award holders studying part time.

Continuation of funding is subject to satisfactory progress and continued compliance of scholars with the terms and conditions of their award.

Where the progress of the student is recorded as unsatisfactory during the departmental annual progress review, following consultation with the student and the department, the Dean of International and Graduate studies may revoke the funding.

Application process

Candidates wishing to be considered for MU John and Pat Hume doctoral awards must first make contact with a Maynooth University department or research institute to discuss their suitability for an eligible postgraduate programme. A list of departmental contacts is available on the website at Applicants are required to make provisional arrangements with a suitable supervisor and provide the name of the proposed supervisor in the application form.

Applications for awards will be made by filling out an online application form. Instructions for applicants and application questions will be provided in a guide for applicants; the guide will be made available at Maynooth University Graduate Studies Office website following launch of the scheme. All applicants, including Maynooth University students and graduates, must submit two written references and a confirmation by the proposed supervisor that they are willing to supervise the applicant.

Applicants must include copies of official diplomas and transcripts for all non-Maynooth University degrees obtained and listed on the application form. For diplomas and transcripts in languages other than English, documents in the original language must be accompanied by an English translation. Originals or certified copies of official diplomas and transcripts will be required from applicants selected for awards. Offers will be conditional on providing originals or certified copies of official diplomas and transcripts. Should an applicant fail to provide these upon request, the award offer will be withdrawn.

Incomplete applications not accompanied by two references, supervisor’s statement of support or transcripts as outlined above will be deemed ineligible and will be excluded from assessment. Late submissions of references, supervisor’s statement and/or transcripts will not be accepted.

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