Doctoral Scholarship call for 2022

The School of Law and Criminology is offering PhD Scholarships for students intending to commence PhD studies in Law or Criminology in October 2022.
Applications will be accepted up to the closing date of 13th July 2022.
Full time research degree students commencing a programme of study in October 2022 or when otherwise agreed (i.e. new entrants) to PhD or PhD-track programmes are eligible to apply for scholarship support in the Department. Students who have fees paid from external sources are generally not eligible to apply. Candidates should ordinarily have a master’s degree in Law or Criminology, or a cognate discipline. Candidates with a 1st class undergraduate degree in Law or Criminology, or a cognate discipline will be considered in exceptional cases.
Before applying, student must have a secured a supervisor in the School of Law and Criminology who formally supports the application. This should be notified 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. Full 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 entail:
Participation in School activities as a doctoral scholar. 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 no obligation on the University to offer the scholar any additional 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 to exclusively advance 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 in accordance with School policies. 
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 to by no later than the 13th of July 2022:

  • A CV detailing academic experience, and any prior teaching experience;
  • A cover letter outlining their motivation and suitability for the role;
  • A letter from a member of the Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology confirming they have accepted to supervise and endorse the application for a doctoral scholarship;
  • A copy of the PhD research proposal - further specific details are available here;
  • Relevant final academic transcripts. 
  • Applicants may be shortlisted for interview and, if so, will be contacted directly by the Department. Closing date for applications: 13th of July 2022.
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.