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.
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.
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 https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/departments. 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.