Criminology Scholarship Opportunity

FitzPatrick Family Foundation Doctoral Scholarship 2016

 UCD Institute of Criminology

 Closing Date: Friday the 20th of May 2016

The UCD Institute of Criminology, part of UCD Sutherland School of Law, is pleased to offer one doctoral scholarship in the area of criminology/ criminal justice /penology.  See http://www.ucd.ie/law/study/scholarships/

Applications are sought from exceptional graduates for a scholarship to undertake on a full-time basis a four year funded PhD programme of research in thefields of criminology, criminal justice, or penology. The scholarship is being generously funded by the FitzPatrick Family Foundation. It is available to full time candidates commencing their studies in September 2016 and is tenable for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress.

The scholarship will provide tuition fees at the EU rate only and an annual stipend of €18,000 per annum and it is open to Irish, EU and International applicants. In thecase of non EU applicants any offer is conditional on the applicant demonstrating at the time of accepting the offer that s/he has sufficient funds to supplementthe living allowance to cover the cost of living in Dublin.

How to apply: Please complete an on-line University Postgraduate application available at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html by the deadline. In addition, please send a covering letter explaining why you wish to undertake a PhD, and in particular, why you would be a suitable recipient for the scholarship.

This letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 single-spaced and can be sent either as an email attachment to niamh.mccabe@ucd.ie or in hard copy to Ms. Niamh McCabe, Graduate Programme Manager, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

In addition to the cover letter you must submit the following documents:

  1. A research proposal which includes: a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine; an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and a brief literature review. (The idea of this is to place the research within the current state of knowledge in the field in question. It should include a short, indicative, bibliography of works in the field).  There is no maximum length for a research proposal. Normally, it would be at least three or four pages long.
  2. Academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date for this scholarship.
  3. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
  4. All academic transcripts.

Please direct any queries regarding the application process to Niamh McCabe at the above email address or by telephone on + 353 1 716 4111.

Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the decision of the scholarship committee.  No correspondence will be entered intoabout the committee’s decision. Applicants not awarded a scholarship may be offered a place on the PhD programme.

Candidates may be called for interview and should be available to start from September 2016.

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