SETU welcomes applications from academic and research staff members interested in supervising PhD students to be funded under the SETU PhD Scholarship Programme 2024 (Stream 1) and the TU RISE Scholarship Programme 2024 (Stream 2). A maximum of up to 30 scholarships will be funded under the SETU PhD Programme, while 10 scholarships will be funded under the TU RISE Programme. The overall purpose of these scholarship programmes is to:

  • Promote high quality, innovative research and provide research and development training for highly skilled graduates leading to the award of a PhD; and
  • Support the increase in PhD numbers at SETU, in line with national and European priorities.

The Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, a minimum score of 75% is needed to be considered for funding. Please see Call T&C's.

Awards will be made on the basis of excellence and subject to funding being available. SETU reserves the right not to award all scholarships.

All programme queries should be addressed to: [email protected]

Scholarship Stream

Award maximum Total (48 Months) Stipend per annumExpenses per annumPostgraduate Tuition Fees per annum
Stream 1:
SETU internally funded PhD Scholarship
€105,000 to €109,000€18,500€2,000 research expenses with an additional €1,000 for lab-based projects where justified.A maximum value of €5,750 (SETU)
Stream 2:
TU RISE, HEA/ERDF funded PhD Scholarship 
(Includes a 3 month work placement)
€120,650€19,000€5,000 research expenses with an additional €1,650 allowance for a PC in year 1.A maximum value of €5,750 (TU RISE).

All awards are subject to satisfactory progress assessed through successful completion of the annual progress monitoring process outlined in SETU’s Code of Practice and Regulations.

Call ScheduleDate
Call Launch and Call for EOI’s12th January 2024
EOI deadline29th January 2024 at 17:00
Full Application Deadline23rd February 2024 at 17:00
Call OutcomeApril 2024
PhD student RecruitmentApril – May 2024 (exact dates to be determined)
Student CommencesSeptember 2024
TU RISE Students – 1st November 2024 latest

Applications from supervisory teams involving new supervisors are particularly welcome and will be reviewed favourably in line with the evaluation criteria and scoring, to continue to expand the research supervisory capacity of the University. This is applicable under the SETU PhD Scholarship Programme ONLY.

Supervisory arrangements must comply with the postgraduate regulations. See the T&C's. document for full details

Those wishing to put forward an application are asked to complete the Expression of Interest form in advance of submitting a full application. 

N.B. Expressions of Interest should be submitted by supervisors and not by prospective students.

Step 1: Expressions of Interest (EOI) should be completed through this form by 17:00 on 29th January 2024. This will include a 500-word abstract and working title.

Completed application forms will be assigned to evaluation panels based on the categories selected on the EoI. To be eligible to apply for one of the programmes, applicants must submit an EoI.

Step 2: Application process (once called to apply following a valid EoI).

Once called to apply, a completed application should be submitted to [email protected] by 17:00 on 23rd February 2024. The application form is available to download here.

Cross-Campus Engagement:

If you are seeking co-supervisors across campuses, please search the following tools:

The upper limit is 11 pages excluding appendices (supervisor profiles, reference list, and letters of support, where applicable) together with the declaration sheet.

The evaluation panel will not consider project submissions that exceed the stated page limit and/or word count, or those which do not use the application template provided.

An electronic copy of the completed application form (using the template provided) with relevant signatures is all that is required.

The following call documents are available to prospective applicants:

Deadline for Expression of Interest: 17:00 on 29th January 2024

Deadline for full proposal: 17:00 on 23rd February 2024

All programme queries to: [email protected]