SETU welcomes applications from academic and research staff members interested in supervising PhD students to be funded under the SETU PhD Scholarship Programme 2023. A maximum of 30 scholarships will be funded. The overall purpose of this scholarship programme is to:

  • Promote high-quality, innovative research and the provision of 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 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 to: [email protected]

PhD projects ranging from €105,000 to €109,000 will be awarded over a four-year period. This includes €18,500 in student stipends and €2,000 in research expenses per annum with an additional €1,000 for lab-based projects where justified. Postgraduate tuition fees are also covered under the scholarship to a maximum value of €5,750 per year. All Scholarship payments are subject to satisfactory progress assessed through the successful completion of the annual progress monitoring process outlined in the postgraduate regulations.

Call ScheduleDate
Call Launch and Call for EOI’s27 February 2023
EOI deadlineBefore 1700h, 13 March 2023
Full Application DeadlineBefore 1700h, 03 April 2023
Call OutcomeApprox May 2023
PhD student RecruitmentMay – June 2023
Student CommencesSeptember 2023

Applications from supervisory teams involving new supervisors are particularly welcome and will be reviewed favourably in line with the evaluation criteria and scoring (20% of the total budget, or 6 funded projects is ringfenced for research projects led by new supervisors- Categories A&D), to continue to expand the research supervisory capacity of the University. In such cases, supervisory arrangements must comply with the postgraduate regulations on each campus. See the Terms and Conditions document for full details.

Those wishing to put forward an application are asked to complete the  Expression of Interest form (at the bottom of this page) 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 online (see Cognito form below) on or before 1700h, 13 March 2023. 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. In order to be eligible for the Programme, applicants must submit an EOI.

Step 2: Full application process: (once called to apply following a valid EOI)

Once called to apply, a completed application should be submitted to  [email protected] by 1700h, 03 April 2023. The full application template is available to download here.

Cross-Campus Engagement: 

If you are seeking co-supervisors across campuses please see our folder of profile details available here, this is on our internal staff hub, if you do not have access please email [email protected] and we can give you direct access to the folder. 

You can also use publically available profiles search tools for example: 

Information Session Slides  delivered on 10.03.23 by Jo Holohan click here  to download slides and links

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 limits and word counts, or those which do not use the application form template provided.

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

Prospective applicants may be interested to inspect the following documents:

  • Detailed Terms & Conditions  regarding the programme.
  • The Full application form  for those called to apply
  • FAQs  to help applicants with their submissions and possible queries. 

Deadline for Expression of Interest 1700h on the 13th of  March 2023 

Deadline for full proposal is  1700h on the 03rd of April 2023

All programme queries to: [email protected]

***We would be delighted to see applications under this call and also under the Open SETU Co-Fund Rolling Call, in collaboration with industry/enterprise partners. I am happy to discuss the call details with anyone interested in making an application. Please feel free to send queries regarding this call to Jo Holohan via [email protected].