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 Postgraduate Awards & Assistantships

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is increasingly aware of the importance of financial support structures for students undertaking postgraduate research at our college. To this end, MIC offers numerous forms of financial support to postgraduate researchers including a Doctoral Award (PhD in Arts or Education), an MIC Doctoral Studentship, an MIC Postgraduate Award, numerous departmental Assistantships, Presidents Scholarships and Special Awards.

Students pursuing research postgraduate degrees in Arts or Education are eligible to apply for MIC awards. These are available on a competitive basis and at the discretion of the College.

Typically, awards provide a subsistence bursary for the normal registration period of benefiting students, and in some cases also off-set tuition fees.
More information on MIC Awards and Assistantships and how to apply for same can be found on these pages.

One departmental assistantship per annum is available to each academic department at MIC. These can be offered to postgraduate students of the department who are prepared to participate in departmental activities (tutorial / seminar / laboratory / field work / course work marking etc.) for a maximum of 120 hours per academic year. The appropriate activity is determined by Department Heads / Course Leaders and Supervisors.

An Assistantship entitles the student to a fee waiver and a subsistence bursary for the work done in the Department.

The total value of the assistantship is €11,298, which consists of the stipend value of the assistantship (€6,900) plus a fee waiver of €4,398. Assistantships are potentially renewable for 3 years, with a full fee waiver for all holders of assistantships in Year 4 of their postgraduate studies.

The scheme is managed by the Research and Graduate School on behalf of MIC's Executive Team, including management of appointment contracts, annual renewal and discontinuation of DA awards

In addition, the Scheme provides an opportunity for a Head of Department to make a case for a Floating Departmental Assistantship (FDA). Two FDAs will be reserved for Departments allocated an FDA in the Academic Year 2017-18 and two will be reserved for Departments that did not receive an FDA in the Academic Year 2016-2017 and/or the Academic Year 2017-2018.

Click here for Terms and Conditions for MIC Awards 2018/19

Click here for Terms and Conditions for MIC Assistantships 2018/19

Click here for the 2018-19 Competition for Floating Departmental Assistantships

MIC Doctoral Award

One award per annum, annually reviewed, subject to contract, and potentially renewable for 3 years, with a full fee waiver in Year 4.

Applicants must hold a 1st class honours undergraduate degree.

Any offer of the MIC Doctoral Award shall be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s academic merit and their potential for scholarship. This evaluation shall take into account, among other things, the following:

  • •The quality of the proposed research project and its potential contribution to the research field
  • •Consistency and quality of the academic record
  • •Academic history
  • •Record of publications and conference presentations
  • •Referees’ recommendations

The Doctoral Award value is €17,098.00 (Stipend value: €12,700.00 + Fee waiver value: €4,398)

MIC Doctoral Studentship

One award per annum, annually reviewed, subject to contract, and potentially renewable for 3 years, with a full fee waiver in Year 4.

Applicants must hold a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree.

Any offer of the MIC Doctoral Studentship shall be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s academic merit and their potential for scholarship. This evaluation shall take into account, among other things, the following:

  • •The quality of the proposed research project and its potential contribution to the research field
  • •Consistency and quality of the academic record
  • •Academic history
  • •Record of publications and conference presentations
  • •Referees’ recommendations

The Doctoral Studentship value is €11,298 (Stipend value: €6,900 + Fee waiver value: €4,398)

MIC Postgraduate Award

One award per annum, annually reviewed, subject to contract, and potentially renewable for 2 years for a Master’s student or potentially renewable for 3 years for a Ph.D. student, with a full fee waiver in Year 4.

Applicants must hold a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree.

Any offer of the MIC Postgraduate Award shall be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s academic merit and their potential for scholarship. This evaluation shall take into account, among other things, the following:

  • •The quality of the proposed research project and its potential contribution to the research field
  • •Consistency and quality of the academic record
  • •Academic history
  • •Record of publications and conference presentations
  • •Referees’ recommendations

The Postgraduate Award value is €11,298 (Stipend value: €6,900 + Fee waiver value: €4,398)

Click here for how to apply for MIC Awards 2018/19

Click here for how to apply for Assistantships 2018/19

Click here for Terms and Conditions for MIC Awards 2018/19

Click here for Terms and Conditions for MIC Assistantships 2018/19

For further information about these schemes please contact:

Research and Graduate School Office
Tel: 061 - 204318
E-mail: rgso@mic.ul.ie


 External Funding & Conference Support

  1. REMINDER: 2019-2020 Fulbright Irish Awards Application Deadline 6 November 2018.
  2. Fulbright Awards Application Process Webinars - September 25th 2018. Register here.
  3. Irish Research Council Researcher of the Year awards - call for nominations open. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 5 October 2018.
  4. EPA - Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2019. The deadline for submission of an application is the 1st November 2018 at 16:00 (Irish time).
  5. 2019 Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship — call now open. Applicant Deadline 16:00 (Irish time) on 1 November 2018.
  6. Enterprise Partnership Scheme (EPS) postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships. Call for Applications Deadline Wednesday 5th of September
  7. Sean Moylan Postgraduate Scholarship. Call for Applications Deadline Friday 24th of August
  8. Flaherty Research Scholarship. Call for Applications Deadline Monday 25th of June
  9. Call for Appointment of National Coordinator for Ireland European Social Survey (ESS) Application deadline: 27th February 2018
  10. Irish Research Council : Programme Calls in 2018 – Indicative Schedule
  11. GENDER-NET Plus: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date for the submission of pre-proposals-Thursday, 1 March 2018
  12. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scheme 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date November 1st 2017
  13. Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Award 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 31st 2017
  14. Fulbright Ireland Awards Scheme 2018-19: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 31st 2017
  15. EPA-funded PhD Scholarship at DIT: Call Now Open!-Closing date October 23rd 2017
  16. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe (CAROLINE) 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 12th 2017
  17. Charlemont Grants (Royal Irish Academy) 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 11th 2017
  18. National Parents Council Primary Invite to Tender: Parent Involvement in learning - Parental involvement and engagement in their children’s learning during the primary school years (1): CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 10th 2017
  19. Higher Education Authority Research Impact Award 2017: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 2nd 2017
  20. Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programme 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 2nd 2017
  21. Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Programme 2017 Round 2-Closing date September 26th 2017
  22. Ulysses 2017 Programme: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date September 22nd 2017
  23. PhD Scholarship in Geography at MIC - Deadline: Monday, July 17th 2017. Interviews: Monday 24th to Friday 28th July
  24. MIC President’s Postgraduate Scholarships 2017-18 - Briefing July 6th 1pm in Room JHN221
  25. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: for Experienced Researchers (PhD holders or those with four years’ research experience)-Various Deadlines in 2017
  26. Request for Tender: Professional Services for the Irish Aid Fellowship Programme-Response Deadline: July 20th 2017
  27. Irish Research Council Laureate Awards for exceptional researchers -Application Deadline: June 29th 2017
  28. Irish Research Council Laureate Awards for exceptional researchers Webinar Slides
  29. CAROLINE Research Fellowships at Misean Cara
  30. Fulbright Roadshow at MIC April 4th 2017
  31. Call for proposals for funding to promote integration of immigrants within Irish society -Deadline: March 22nd 2017
  32. Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand Postgraduate Student Essay Competition for 2017-Application Deadline: February 1st 2017
  33. Irish Canada University Foundation: Gairm ar Iarratais- Teagascóirí Gaeilge
  34. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: 2017 Calls
  35. Irish Research Council (IRC) Employment Based Postgraduate Programme : CALL NOW OPEN-Application Deadline: February 16th 2017
  36. Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Scheme 2017: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date November 30th 2016
  37. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scheme 2017: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date November 2nd 2016
  38. Irish Research Council: Programme Manager and Research Support Officer Positions, Deadline - April 25th
  39. Fulbright Awards Information Session at MIC, 12th April, 11 AM, T.1.15
  40. IRC / GOI Employment-Based Programme 2016 - CALL NOW OPEN
  41. Assessing the Impact of Cultural Diversity Education, 13th January 2016, MIC
  42. IRC / Government of Ireland Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme 2016: CALL NOW OPEN
  43. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scheme 2016: CALL NOW OPEN
  44. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scheme 2016: PRE-CALL ANNOUNCEMENT
  45. CALL FOR PAPERS: '1916: Memory and Vision' Conference - 20th Feb 2016, MIC
  46. Marie Sklosowska-Curie ACtions Work Programme 2016/17
  47. Universal Design in Education Conference, 12th & 13th November
  48. Career Options Workshop for PGR Students (GSAI)
  49. Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ), 2016 Essay Competition open
  50. Irish Georgian Society Desmond Guinness Scholarship: DEADLINE - 6th November, 2015
  51. Society for Musicology in Ireland: Members' Research Grants
  52. Arts Council of Ireland: Travel and Training Award
  53. Údarás na Gaeltachta: Feasibility Study Grants
  54. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  55. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) President of Ireland Young Researcher Award: Deadline 22nd December, 2015
  56. European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship
  57. Naughton Fellowship 2015-16: Deadline - 31st January, 2016
  58. International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MiTE) 2106: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - DEADLINE 30TH OCT 2015
  59. 2016 GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (GOIPD) SCHEME ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM (OLS) NOW OPEN - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 24 NOVEMBER 2015
  60. TEFL Evening Course starting 21st Oct, 2015; 6-8pm, T.1.15: sign-up at Students' Union
  61. Realising Your Research Value Workshops, UL - Autumn 2015
  62. Statistical Moderation & Mediation: Theory & Practice, UL - 9 & 10 Oct, 2015
  63. DSA Ireland Annual Conference 2015 - Call for abstracts/papers extended
  64. Ireland Canada University Foundation - James M. Flaherty Scholarship
  65. IRC Pre-Call Notice: Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016
  66. Fulbright Irish Citizen Awards 2016-2017: DEADLINE 30th October 2015
  67. International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) Announcement
  68. Guide to Publication: How to get your Writing published in Journals
  69. Free application which scans the bar code of a book or journal paper and formats it as a reference.
  70. PhD Flyer for Action Research Colloquium 2015
  1. IRC NEW Foundations Scheme Call 2019. Applicant Deadline 6th of December 2018.
  2. RGS Update - Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019
  3. Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019 – Pre CALL UPDATE
  4. EPA - Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2019. The deadline for submission of an application is the 1st November 2018 at 16:00 (Irish time).
  5. Enterprise Partnership Scheme (EPS) postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships. Call for Applications Deadline Wednesday 5th of September
  6. Sean Moylan Postgraduate Scholarship. Call for Applications Deadline Friday 24th of August
  7. Flaherty Research Scholarship. Call for Applications Deadline Monday 25th of June
  8. Call for Appointment of National Coordinator for Ireland European Social Survey (ESS) Application deadline: 27th February 2018
  9. Irish Research Council : Programme Calls in 2018 – Indicative Schedule
  10. GENDER-NET Plus: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date for the submission of pre-proposals-Thursday, 1 March 2018
  11. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scheme 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date November 1st 2017
  12. Fulbright Ireland Awards Scheme 2018-19: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 31st 2017
  13. Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Award 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 31st 2017
  14. EPA-funded PhD Scholarship at DIT: Call Now Open!-Closing date October 23rd 2017
  15. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe (CAROLINE) 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 12th 2017
  16. Charlemont Grants (Royal Irish Academy) 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 11th 2017
  17. National Parents Council Primary Invite to Tender: Parent Involvement in learning - Parental involvement and engagement in their children’s learning during the primary school years (1): CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 10th 2017
  18. Higher Education Authority Research Impact Award 2017: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 2nd 2017
  19. Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programme 2018: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date October 2nd 2017
  20. Health Research Board (HRB) Internship Programme 2017 Round 2-Closing date September 26th 2017
  21. Ulysses 2017 Programme: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date September 22nd 2017
  22. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: for Experienced Researchers (PhD holders or those with four years’ research experience)-Various Deadlines in 2017
  23. Request for Tender: Professional Services for the Irish Aid Fellowship Programme-Response Deadline: July 20th 2017
  24. Irish Research Council Laureate Awards for exceptional researchers -Application Deadline: June 29th 2017
  25. Cork City Profile Inter-Agency Group: Tender - Consultancy Researcher / Analyst-Deadline: July 14th 2017
  26. Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Children and Young People’s Service Committee: Invitation to Tender / Analyst-Deadline: July 14th 2017
  27. Irish Research Council Laureate Awards for exceptional researchers Webinar Slides
  28. Funding opportunities for scientists and researchers from the 36 European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Member States
  29. CAROLINE Research Fellowships at Misean Cara
  30. Fulbright Roadshow at MIC April 4th 2017
  31. Call for proposals for funding to promote integration of immigrants within Irish society -Deadline: March 22nd 2017
  32. Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand Postgraduate Student Essay Competition for 2017-Application Deadline: February 1st 2017
  33. Irish Canada University Foundation: Gairm ar Iarratais- Teagascóirí Gaeilge
  34. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: 2017 Calls
  35. Irish Research Council (IRC) Employment Based Postgraduate Programme : CALL NOW OPEN-Application Deadline: February 16th 2017
  36. Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Scheme 2017: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date November 30th 2016
  37. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scheme 2017: CALL NOW OPEN-Closing date November 2nd 2016
  38. Royal Irish Academy - Charlemont Grants >-Closing date October 12 2016
  39. Royal Irish Academy Grants and Awards
  40. Find A Masters and Find A Phd
  41. Vacancy: ISSC/IDS Post-Doctoral Fellow
  42. Vacancy: IRC - Project Manager (Elevate and Gendernet)
  43. Vacancy: IRC - Project Support Officer (Elevate)
  44. Vacancy: Research & Public History Coordinator, Science Museum - March 2015
  45. Military Heritage Prize 2015 -NUIG Deadline September 30th 2015
  46. Departmental Research Facilitator (Education) - Roehampton University
  47. Scholarships and working holiday programme in Taiwan
  48. Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme 2015
  49. NASA Summer Internship 2015 Nomination Form
  50. NASA International Internship Programme - positions available
  51. PhD Scholarships in Climate Justice - University of Reading
  52. SUI Ben Bishop PhD Scholarship
  53. WISERD full-time PhD Studentship. Closing date 27th February 2015.
  54. National Forum Scholarships 2015
  55. IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2015
  56. Irish Research Council
  57. Universities Ireland PhD Bursaries
  58. Royal Irish Academy Grants and Awards:
  59. Fullbright Awards
  60. College of Europe Scholarships
  61. Mitchell Scholarship Program (for PGRs from the USA who wish to study in Ireland)
  62. European Commission Education and Training Opportunities
  63. Open Society Foundations Scholarship programmes
  64. Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme (for PGRs from Irish Aid partner countries)

Postgraduate Travel Support Scheme for Conferences

Through the Research and Graduate School (RGS), the College will support the participation of Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) at professional conferences for the purpose of presenting academic papers/posters. This is a contribution towards expenses and may not cover all costs.

Allocations from the Postgraduate Travel Support Scheme for conferences will be approved through the Head of Graduate School on behalf of the College Research Committee. All PGRs currently registered and fees compliant are eligible to apply for a maximum of €500 per academic year.

The scheme will provide:

  1. €500 for conferences taking place either in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Irealand or overseas.

Applications to the Conference/Travel Support Fund must be submitted at least 10 working days before the event by email to RGSO@mic.ul.ie.

Eligible costs include travel, subsistence and registration fee. Public transport rates apply. Subsistence will not exceed the daily public service rate of €33.61. If you use your own transport petrol receipts must be submitted but only the equivalent public transport rates will be paid.
Where collaborative papers are presented, only one person will be supported by the scheme.

Completed application forms must be accompanied by:

  1. Official confirmation that a paper/poster has been accepted by conference organisers.
  2. Details of all costs.

Once approved please forward completed claim form together with all receipts to the Research & Graduate School Office for processing.

Applicants who receive funding must forward a copy of the conference paper by email to RGSO@mic.ul.ie.

The Terms of the PGR Travel Support Scheme 2018-19 form can be found here.

The Postgraduate Conference Support Application Form 2018-19 can be found here.

The Postgraduate Conference Travel Support Scheme Claim Form 2018-19 can be found here.


Guidelines on presenting a poster can be obtained here.


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