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Fully Funded Ph.D. Scholarship in Disability Law at the University of Galway, Ireland 2023/2024

There is one funded Ph.D. Scholarship in Disability Law is available for research on a doctoral thesis in the discipline. Dr. Shivaun Quinlivan and Dr. Charles O’Mahony, both from the School of Law, will supervise the successful applicant’s work.

Although a candidate is free to choose their own Ph.D. topic, it should largely fall within the scope of research related to CRPD and disability rights in general, with a concentration on:

  • EU Disability Law & Policy Disability, discrimination & employment
  • Disability and the criminal justice system
  • Constitutional law and disability rights 
  • The CRPD with precise reference to any of the following rights, legal capacity, law reform, employment education, and mental health.

About the University of Galway

In the Irish city of Galway, there is a public research institution called the University of Galway (Ollscoil na Gaillimhe). The university, a center for higher learning and research, received the full five QS stars for excellence in 2012 and was listed in the top 1% of institutions in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.


The institution was founded in 1845 as “Queen’s College, Galway”. It was referred to as “University College, Galway” (UCG) until 1997 and as “National University of Ireland, Galway” (NUI Galway) until 2022 (Irish: Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh; OÉ Gaillimh). Due to confusion regarding its official name, it was reported that NUI Galway would change its name to “Ollscoil na Gaillimhe – University of Galway” in the summer of 2022.

The University of Galway is a part of the Coimbra Group, a group of 40 reputable universities in Europe. Together with Queen’s Colleges in Cork and Belfast, the university was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College, Galway. It started classes on October 30, 1849, with 68 pupils. It joined the Queen’s University of Ireland in 1850, and from that point on, the university’s name was used while awarding degrees. According to the 2018 QS World University Rankings, the University of Galway received the full five QS stars for excellence and is rated among the top 1% of universities. The university’s rating increased by these standards for the sixth year in a row thanks to these rankings.

The university was rated second among Irish universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2016 and 2017, trailing only Trinity College Dublin (TCD), ahead of University College Dublin (UCD) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Galway was ranked higher than UCD and only behind TCD in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The university has been recognized as “University of the Year” by The Sunday Times University Guide three times. In 2002–2003, it won the Times’ first-ever championship. In 2009–2010, a second title was released. 2018 saw Galway win its third championship.

Benefits of Scholarship in Disability Law

The Scholarship in Disability Law is supported for a maximum of 4 years. Along with a stipend of €18,500 per year, it will pay the whole tuition for the chosen candidate. However, the chosen applicant will be required to submit applications for scholarships from the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the University of Galway during their first year of study. 

Scholarship in Disability Law – Eligibility

UG and/or PG Degree with a minimum 2:1 Honors (or equivalent grade) in law or a related field (philosophy, social science, etc.). In extreme cases, where the candidate has significant practical or lived expertise in the sector, a 2.2 might be taken into consideration.


a law-related undergraduate or graduate degree with first-class honors (or an equivalent grade) in philosophy, social science, or another relevant field.

Application Procedure

Are you qualified for and interested in a scholarship in disability law? For an application, visit the University of Galway on

By 5 p.m. on July 28, 2023, interested applicants should send their applications to and/or along with this Proposal Form, a CV, and an academic writing sample (such as an article, course essay, or dissertation). The same addresses are available for informal questions. Interview requests for candidates are possible.

Visit the University of Galway website for additional information.

The deadline for the scholarship application is July 28, 2023.

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