Maynooth University Graduate Teaching Studentship (GTS) in 2020-2021
Department of Sociology/Centre for the Study of Politics 

The Department of Sociology (incorporating the Centre for the Study of Politics) is delighted to announce that a Graduate Teaching Studentship will be available for a student intending to commence PhD studies in September 2020 or whenever agreed.

Applications will be accepted up to the closing date of  17 August 2020. 
The applications will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the Department of Sociology and it is anticipated that the results will be communicated to the applicants at the end of August 2020. 

Full time postgraduate research degree students commencing a programme of study in September 2020 are eligible to apply for studentship support in the Department. Students who have fees paid from external sources are not eligible to apply. However, please contact us if you have questions regarding this (especially if the value of your award is significantly less than the value of the GTS). 


The studentship will entail: 

  • Full annual tuition fee support (approximately €6200 per annum); 
  • A fixed maintenance award of €9007 per annum; 
  • Participation in departmental activities as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with a requirement to undertake teaching support duties for up to 25% of the notional study year. This will involve up to 455 hours of teaching support duties in the course of a year, with not more than 20 hours in any one week. These duties will be carried out under the direction of the Head of Department, or a member of staff nominated by the Head.
  • The studentship will be awarded for the duration of the studies, subject to satisfactory annual review of progress in research, and performance in teaching support. PhD students may benefit from the studentship for not more than 5 years. The studentship will be awarded for the expected duration of the studies, subject to satisfactory annual review of progress in research, and performance in teaching support. Master’s degree students may benefit for not more than two years and PhD students for not more than 5 years, and this benefit is cumulative i.e. a maximum of 5 years is available where a student on a PhD-track progresses from Masters to PhD. 

The studentship will be awarded by the department on the basis of (i) research potential in an area aligned with the department’s research priorities and (ii) potential and aptitude to provide high quality teaching support. 

Application Procedure        

Appointments will be made by a departmental subcommittee based on a transparent recruitment process that meets the needs of the Department. 

Applicants for the studentship are asked to submit to by no later than the 17th August 2020: 

  • A CV detailing academic experience, and any prior teaching experience;
  • A cover letter outlining their motivation and suitability for the role;
  • A copy of the PhD research proposal (if already accepted to the PhD programme in the department please indicate this in your email of submission). Details of our research postgraduate programme and application process are available at: 

Closing date for applications:17 August 2020. You will find full details at  Graduate Teaching Studentship Sociology 2020  
You may also contact with any queries that you may have.