Postgraduate Funding Opportunities 2020/21


Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Limerick, Ireland

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS) at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is offering a number of Postgraduate Research Fellowships and Postgraduate Fee Awards to MA and PhD candidates.

The Faculty of AHSS is a vibrant, outward-looking faculty that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

The awards will take effect from September 2021.

Click here for full details of all awards (PDF)

Reference Type Years Subject area
School of English, Irish and Communication
EICPFA PhD 1 Postgraduate Fee Awards
Department of Sociology 
SPRF PhD 1 Postgraduate Research Fee awards
Department of Politics and Public Administration 
PPARFA PhD 1 Postgraduate Research Fee Award
PPARF PhD 1 Postgraduate Research Fellowship
School of Law 
SLPRFA PhD 1-3 Postgraduate Research Fee Award
LAWSCHOL PhD 1-3 The Honourable Mr. Justice John Murray, PhD Fellowship
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 
AHSSPFA PhD 1 Postgraduate Research Fee Awards
The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
IWAMD PhD 1 Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. For further details please see their website:        


* subject to academic success

Application Criteria – applicable to all awards listed above.

  • Applicants should complete the attached application form and clearly indicate the postgraduate opportunity that they are applying to, using the reference code(s) provided by 5pm Thursday 22 April 2021.
  • As part of the application, applicants must forward a 2-page pdf CV and 1 academic reference in pdf to Dr. Niamh Lenahan, Email: by 5pm Thursday 22 April 2021.
  • Applications are assessed by academic faculty members within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) on academic merit.
  • Current students must be in good academic standing in order to apply for the Postgraduate opportunities listed above – i.e. they must have passed their most recent progression panel.
  • Awards are offered for the 2021/22 academic year – they cannot be deferred.
  • Registered students who go on official leave (care leave/ leave of absence) and who are in receipt of a postgraduate fee award/ postgraduate research fellowship should inform their supervisor and the AHSS Assistant Dean, Research (Dr. Niamh Nic Ghabhann) to ensure that they can avail of the remainder of their award following their return from leave.
  • The application to FAHSS funding opportunities does not constitute an application to the UL Graduate School. All successful applicants will also be required to complete the UL application process and submit to UL Graduate and Professional Studies Office. This application must be approved by Graduate and Professional Studies. Information on completing the application form can be found here:

Application form:

Click here to complete the online application form

Closing date:

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 22 April 2021.

Finding a supervisor

New applicants are strongly advised to make contact with a prospective supervisor prior to developing an application. If you are unsure about who to contact, you can submit an expression of interest form.

Support for PhD students

Applicants should note that all PhD students within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences can attend annual workshops designed to support applications to the Irish Research Council and other appropriate funding bodies.

Click here to find out more about postgraduate research in AHSS at UL.