PHD: Doctoral Research Scholarships at the School of English DCU

The School of English

Dublin City University

Doctoral Research Scholarships 2023-2024

DCU School of English is a dynamic research-focused school with expertise in a variety of literary eras and genres. As part of our commitment to excellence in postgraduate research the School of English is pleased to offer a scholarship for a full-time PhD student commencing September 2024. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of €22,000 per annum and have their fees paid for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression.


Applicants should have a relevant undergraduate degree at first-class honours level or at least 2.1 level. It is desirable that they should hold a relevant master’s qualification. Candidates who are currently completing a master’s qualification are welcome to apply. Candidates must be available to register and begin full-time research before December 2024.


The School of English is seeking research proposals in the following areas:

  • The Blue Humanities and contemporary literature.
  • Ecocritical approaches to Caribbean and/or Irish poetry.

Scholarship Application Procedure:

Please send email applications to Dr. Ellen Howley, School of English, at  indicating School of English PhD Scholarship in the subject line. In advance of submission, please refer to the DCU School of English advice on writing a research proposal, available here: 

Applications should include the following:

  • A CV including names and contact details of two academic referees.
  • A copy of undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates.
  • Copies of transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • A letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the scholarship.
  • A research proposal of c.3000 words accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count).


Dr Ellen Howley, Assistant Professor, School of English at:  

Other useful resources:

DCU Graduate Studies Office:

Closing date for final applications:

Friday, May 17th 2024 at 5 p.m.