The English Department, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra is pleased to invite applications for a PhD scholarship to be awarded for doctoral research that would incorporate theory and practice within the broad field of theatre. This is a cutting-edge PhD pathway for a suitably positioned student. The student will gain access to PhD supervision by internationally recognised academics and have a repertory company to draw on as a major resource.


The Scholarship covers the tuition fees of €3864 per annum for a maximum of three years. The scholarship will be awarded through a competitive process that will include the submission of a research proposal. The award will be granted subject to and following successful application to the College Research Committee for registration as a PhD student.

The successful applicant will normally have a relevant Masters degree, practical experience in theatre, competency in administration and submit a viable research proposal that reflects the profile of the scholarship. He/she will be based in St Patrick’s College, registered as a doctoral student and will be supervised by a member(s) of the English Department. A work station in the College research centre will be accorded to the successful candidate and they will take part in research support programmes offered by the College.

Principal Responsibilities

The successful PhD candidate will

  • Conduct doctoral level research leading to the writing of a PhD thesis.
  • Be encouraged, under the guidance of his/her supervisor, to take advantage of the repertory company in relation to his/her doctoral work.
  • Assume responsibilities for management and administrative tasks associated with the production of the company’s annual play in second semester.
  • Have a role within the department’s International Theatre Studies project: he/she will facilitate the internship programme by assisting the MA Director in the placement of theatre students within the production/performance team during the three months that the play is in production.


Applicants should submit a proposal including an up to date CV, and a single page letter of application. The proposal should include (1) an outline of the thesis topic (2) proposed methodology (3) short bibliography (4) potential contribution of the research to the discipline of theatre studies.


Applications should be made to:

English Doctoral Scholarship in Theatre Studies

Department of English

St Patrick’s College Drumcondra

Dublin 9

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th August 2013


Contact: Dr Noreen Doody, Head of English, at:

A panel will evaluate the applications. An interview of shortlisted candidates will form part of the application process. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in the two week period following the application submission date.