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Assistantships and Awards for Postgraduate Students by Research

Financial support structures at Mary Immaculate College include a Doctoral Award (PhD in Arts or Education), Studentships, Assistantships, 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.

The following is a summary of the support measures currently available for  postgraduate research students at Mary Immaculate College.

 

MIC Doctoral Award

Duration: Max of 3 Years
1 award per Annum

Value of Award: €12,600 per annum
(plus fee Waiver )

 How to apply: Nomination by Head of Department Only & Competition

MIC Studentship Award

Duration: Max of 3 Years
(MA 2 years PHD 3 years)
2 awards per Annum

Value of Award: €6,900 per annum
(plus fee Waiver )

How to apply: Nomination by Head of Department Only & Competition

MIC Departmental Assistantship

Duration: Max of 3 Years
(MA 2 years PHD 3 years)

1 new Assistantship per Department per annum  
during year

Value of Award: €6,900 per annum
(plus fee Waiver )


MIC Doctoral Award (Renewable Annually)

The Award entitles the holder to a subsistence bursary and a fee waiver. The decision to award the MIC Doctoral Award to a doctoral student shall be based on an evaluation of their academic merit and their potential for scholarship. This evaluation shall take account, inter alia, of the following evidence:

  • Description of the project (not more than 1,500 words)
  • Location of the project within the current state of research
  • Relative significance of the contribution that the project will make to the area
  • Methodology
  • The quality and consistency of the individual’s academic record
  • Academic references
  • Any postgraduate courses or research already undertaken or in progress
  • Publications
  • Papers delivered to conferences, seminars or societies

Moreover, the award shall be restricted to candidates with first class honours only.  It is a requirement of the award that students shall be registered for a doctoral programme at MIC or have their application prior approved.

MIC Studentships (Renewable Annually)

A Studentship Award entitles the holder to a fee waiver and a subsistence bursary. The decision to award a studentship to a postgraduate student shall be based upon an evaluation of their academic merit and their potential for scholarship. This evaluation shall take account, inter alia, of the following evidence:

  • The quality and consistency of the individual’s academic record
  • Any postgraduate courses or research already undertaken or in progress
  • Description of the project (not more than 1,500 words)
  • Location of the project within the current state of research
  • Relative significance of the contribution that the project will make to the area
  • The quality and consistency of the individual’s academic record
  • Academic references
  • Publications
  • Papers delivered to conferences, seminars or societies

It is a requirement of Studentship awards that candidates shall have a second class honours grade I, with at least a first honours standard in the area in which they wish to undertake their postgraduate work and shall be registered as full-time postgraduate research students at MIC.

MIC Assistantships

Each department / subject area is entitled to have up to five assistantships in any year, subject to College conditions.  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 130 hours in the 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. Students interested in assistantships should contact the Head of the relevant department to ascertain if an assistanship is available.

Faculty of Arts

English Language
& Literature

French Studies

Gaeilge

Geography

German Studies

History

Mathematics &
Computer Studies

Media & Communication
Studies

Music

Philosophy

Psychology

Theology & Religious
Studies

Faculty of Education



Learning, Society & Religious Education



Language, Literacy & Mathematics Education



Arts Education & Physical Education



Reflective Pedagogy & Early Childhood Studies



Department Special Education

 

General Conditions of all MIC Awards/Assistantships

  • All awards are for one year in the first instance, but, subject to satisfactory progress being made within that period, may be renewed by the College. In no case shall an award be extended beyond the normal period of the programme of study for which the student is registered. That period is two years in the case of an MA, and three years in the case of a PhD.
  • In a case where an MA student transfers to the PhD register, he/she thereby becomes eligible for award funding for a maximum period of three years from the date of initial registration for the MA.
  • A Masters graduate of MIC who registers for a PhD is eligible for award funding for the full three-year period of the higher programme, irrespective as to whether or not he/she received such funding to pursue the Masters degree.
  • It is a requirement of each award that recipients shall sign a postgraduate student contract and comply fully with its terms.
  • A call for nominations for the MIC Doctoral Award and for MIC Studentships is circulated by the Directors of Postgraduate Studies to Heads of Departments at the College in April / May of each year.

The Research and Graduate School periodically ciculates information on external postgraduate funding sources to the MIC postgraduate community.

 

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