School of Law and Criminology
Doctoral Scholarship call for 2023
Students wishing to commence a PhD or PhD-track programme in the School of Law and Criminology in October 2023 or on a later date, if agreed (i.e. new entrants) are eligible to apply for scholarship support in the School of Law and Criminology.
One Scholarship will be available this year.
This Scholarship application is open to new entrants to the PhD programme. Current PhD students enrolled in a PhD programme are not eligible .
Candidates should ordinarily have a master’s degree in Law or Criminology, or a cognate discipline with a 2.1 or higher. Candidates with a 1st class undergraduate degree in Law or Criminology, or a cognate discipline will be considered in exceptional cases. Students who have fees paid from external sources are generally not eligible to apply.

Before applying, students must have secured a supervisor in the School of Law and Criminology who formally supports the application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure a supervisor, bearing in mind that staff members are free to decline  to act as such. The agreement to supervise should be notified by the prospective supervisor to the School’s PhD Coordinator (Prof. Delia Ferri). A formal offer on the PAC system is not necessary to apply for the scholarship.
Value of the Scholarship

The scholarships will entail:

  1. A fixed maintenance award of €18,500 per annum;
  2. Annual tuition fees support. 


The scholarships will be awarded to newly registered students only, for four years of study, subject to satisfactory annual review of progress in research.

Terms and Conditions

The scholarships will require participation in School activities as a full-time doctoral scholar. Scholars will generally be expected to attend the university during term-time.
Scholars who wish to develop their teaching skills, contribute to pedagogical developments in their discipline and develop other skills to enhance their employability outside of the University may also be considered for activities such as tutorials, marking and/or similar related work for which they will receive additional payment subject to University guidelines, policies and procedures.
There is, however, no obligation on the University to offer the scholar any paid work, and there is no obligation on the scholar to accept any such offers of paid work.
Moreover, any such work, where offered, is for the exclusive purpose of advancing the scholar’s training and development in their capacity as a Doctoral Scholar.
These activities will be carried out under the direction of the Head of School, or a member of staff nominated by the Head.
Reimbursement of expenses for travel and participation in conferences, events or for the purchase of books will be available in accordance with School policies (funding is usually limited to €500 per annum). 

Application and Selection Procedure
Appointments will be made by the Head of School based on a transparent recruitment process that meets the needs of the School. The scholarship will be awarded by the School on the basis of:

  • The quality of the applicant. This criterion includes excellence in academic and research achievements as well as applicants’ non-academic accomplishments, in line with the University’s mission and strategic plan.
  • The quality of the project proposal. This criterion includes aims and objectives of the proposed research, proposed methodology, feasibility of the proposal and plans for dissemination.
  • The project’s potential alignment with the School’s research priorities. 

Applicants for the scholarship, who already have secured a supervisor in the School of Law and Criminology, are asked to submit the following documents to by no later than 5 p.m. Irish time on the 9th of June 2023:

  • A CV detailing academic experience, and any prior teaching experience;
  • A cover letter of up to two pages outlining their motivation and suitability for the role;
  • A short letter from a member of the Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology confirming they have agreed to supervise the candidate and that they endorse the application for a doctoral scholarship;
  • A copy of a PhD research proposal of maximum 6 pages; further specific details are available here;
  • Relevant academic transcripts (evidence of completion of degree and degree award mark).
  • Applicants may be shortlisted for interview and, if so, will be contacted directly by the School. Closing date for applications: 5 p.m. on 9th of June 2023.

Equality and Diversity

Maynooth University values the enrichment that comes from a diverse community and seeks to promote equality, prevent discrimination and protect the human rights of each individual. To learn more about our commitment to Equality and Diversity, please read the Maynooth University Equality and Diversity Policy. Additionally, both Maynooth University and the School of Law and Criminology hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises work undertaken to advance gender equality for staff and students in Higher Education.