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IRC 2021

The Irish Research Council offer Government of Ireland Scholarships for postgraduate students who wish to pursue a research Masters or PhD (either traditional or structured), in any discipline at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland.  The scholarships offered comprise of:

  • a stipend of €16,000 per annum
  • a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum
  • eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum

The Faculty of Arts Humanities Social Sciences and the Kemmy Business School jointly held three virtual workshops on 9th, 10th and 14th September 2020 on MS Teams.  These training sessions were open to students interested in applying for the Scholarship (during the current call or in future calls).

On Wednesday, the ADsR, Dr. Niamh Nic Ghabhann (AHSS) and Dr. Deirdre O’Loughlin (KBS) spoke in detail about the IRC Scholarship. The ADsR explained to the postgraduate community the hallmarks of a successful application and were shown how to communicate with their supervisors and referees.   Michael Frain from the Graduate & Professional Studies office explained in detail the application process which was followed by a Q&A session.  Aoife Geraghty, Research Services, Glucksman Library discussed at length how to ensure data management was correctly addressed as part of the application. 

On Thursday 10 September David Martin School of Law and Olufunmilayo Jinadu School of English, Irish and Cultural Communication,  both currently registered postgraduates, were successful recently in securing funding.  Both speakers gave good insights on their approaches to submitting their applications with particular focus on the common pitfalls and challenges involved.

 Dr. Jenny Roche, IWAMD and Prof. Helen Lenihan, KBS, both supervisors of successful candidates, explained the journey that they undertook with their students by offering advice on their experiences.  Q&A session followed each of the speakers.

On Monday 14th September the ADsR, Dr. Niamh Nic Ghabhann and Dr. Deirdre O’Loughlin with the assistance of Michael Frain, looked at the application in detail with an overview of the different sections and fielded questions from participants. 

An Internal Review of draft applications is available to student applying for IRC whereby  Faculty will anonymously review draft IRC applications and offer constructive feedback to the students.

There was a great attendance over the three workshops and feedback was positive.  The workshops were arranged by Dr. Niamh Lenahan on MS Teams.  All links to PowerPoint and recordings were made available on the site. For further information on IRC, please look at the website. (

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