PhD Scholarships in Politics and International Relations, and in LawThe School of Law and Government at Dublin City University is a research active school with world-class faculty willing to supervise PhD students on topics in their areas of research. DCU ranks in the top '100 under 50' universities as per Times Higher Education. The School ranks in the top 150 departments in the world for Politics in both the QS World University Rankings and Shanghai Rankings and in the top 300 for Law in the QS World University Rankings. Outstanding PhD candidates will be offered a fee waiver and a tax-free scholarship of €15,000 per annum for four years.

The School invites applicants for PhD research in any area of Political Science and International Relations, as well as in Law.

The School operates a full-time four-year PhD programme with a range of taught courses in the first year and further professional training offered in other years. As well as a tax-free stipend, we may support our students with limited funding for conference and research travel. The School also provides PhD students with the opportunity to teach courses.

Prospective applicants are welcome to make informal contact with a faculty member whose research area covers their proposed doctoral work in advance of an application. For a list of faculty members, see:

Any queries about applications in Politics and International Relations can be directed to and in Law to Any general questions can be addressed to More information is available about the PhD programme and the application process.

To apply, a full CV with contact details for 2 referees, the grades achieved in a Masters degree with copies of transcripts, and a research proposal (c. 2-3,000 words and no more than 5,000 words), also indicating a prospective supervisor, should be sent to: by 5:00 pm GMT Thursday 29th March 2018.

We intend to interview candidates either in person or by Skype in April. To be admitted to the programme, candidates may need to show proficiency in the English language. Successful candidates will begin their studies in September 2018 and are expected to be normally resident in Dublin for the duration of the programme.


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