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Maynooth University Departmental Doctoral Scholarships in Ireland for 2022/2023

Maynooth University Departmental Doctoral Scholarships are offered for full-time research degree students starting a program of study in October 2022 or when otherwise agreed to Ph.D. or PhD-track programs and who have a relevant first class or 2.1 honors in their primary degree, or have an appropriate Master’s degree, are suitable to apply for scholarship support in the Department. Scholars who have fees paid from external sources are generally not qualified to apply. 

About the University

Maynooth University is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. The university was Ireland’s youngest university until Technological University Dublin was founded in 2019, as it was established by the Universities Act, 1997 from the secular faculties of the now separate St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, which was established in 1795. The university is also the only university town in Ireland, with all other universities being based within cities.

Maynooth University consists of two connected campuses: an older southern campus, with 19th-century buildings, shared with St Patrick’s College, and, across a public road, a current northern campus, inhabiting circa 100 acres (0.40 km2). With over 13,000 students enrolled, and more than 900 staff from over 20 different countries, the university is Ireland’s smallest, yet fastest growing, university. In 2009, the university was listed as a Top500 university in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings. The 2012 QS World University Rankings put Maynooth University in the 501–550 bracket worldwide, but most recently, the university was rated in the 701–750 bracket in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. In 2008, the university was named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’. Maynooth University became the first and only institution outside of North America to be included in The Princeton Review of Best Colleges in 2011. The university also has the highest proportion of university participation in Ireland of mature students (16%) and access students (22%).


In 2008, the university occupied fourth place on the Irish Sunday Times University League Table 2008, the newspaper’s annual league table of Irish third-level institutions, behind TCD, UCD, and UCC, having jumped three places since 2007. However, Maynooth University was the top institution for research income won per academic, with one of the best graduate employment records of any Irish university at almost 100 percent.

Furthermore, the university was named University of The Year 2008 in The Sunday Times University Guide (UK), beating UCD which finished second. Maynooth University was listed as a Top500 university in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings in 2009.

Then in 2010, Maynooth University recorded the highest growth in first selection school-leaver applications in the university sector. In 2011, the university became the first and only institution outside of the United States to be included in the Princeton Review of Best Colleges. The university was recently rated No. 49 in the world as one of the leading universities.


Maynooth University Departmental Doctoral Scholarships will provide full annual tuition fee support (approximately €6,200 per annum); a fixed maintenance award of €10,000 [or €16,000] per year.

Requirements for Maynooth University Departmental Doctoral Scholarships

  • To be eligible for Maynooth University Departmental Doctoral Scholarships, each candidate must partake in Departmental activities as part of this scholarship is needed to undertake teaching support duties for about 240 hours per year, with generally no more than 4 hours in any one week. 
  • Scholars should note that these activities will be executed under the direction of the Head of the Department or a member of staff nominated by the Head.

How to Apply for Maynooth University Departmental Doctoral Scholarships

If you are interested in Maynooth University Departmental Doctoral Scholarships and eligible to apply, click here. To be selected by Head of Department/Institute. The Department/Institute will advertise all positions openly. This must be a clear selection process open to all newly beginning research students who meet the basic standards. Note that advertised positions will be available on this page as and when they are open for candidates. As a general guide, scholars will be needed to submit the following by the closing date: 

  • Personal statement 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Research proposal (max. 4,000 words) 
  • Relevant academic final transcripts 

Application Deadline: July 1, 2022

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