European Capital of Culture 2020 Doctoral Scholarship 2019/20

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies (CASSCS) is pleased to offer ONE postgraduate scholarship to support full-time PhD research on the theme of ‘cultural capital’ linked to Galway and its designation as the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

This scholarship forms part of the University’s commitment to Galway 2020, reflected in the sponsorship of 2020 arts activities, the Monitoring & Evaluation of Galway 2020 mandated by the EU, and investment in legacy activities associated with the European Capital of Culture. The Moore Institute, where the PhD candidate will be hosted, has developed a Centre for Research in the Creative Arts to which the research will contribute.

The postgraduate scholarship opportunity is strategically placed at the interface between research, community engagement and public policy in relation to the role and impact of the arts in Ireland, and how Galway 2020 as a cultural, social and economic project has the potential to speak to and address future European challenges in these areas.

In particular, the key themes as identified by Galway 2020 – Landscape, Language, Migration – are issues that demand fresh new ways of rethinking our relationship to place and people in Europe today. Part of the remit of this PhD scholarship is to explore how the arts can activate and open up different languages and vocabularies to help address future societal challenges in these areas.

The PhD project may explore some of the following major areas: 

  • cultural impact and legacy of Galway 2020 on the city and region
  • social impact for local residents and ‘makers’ of culture associated with Galway 2020
  • economic impact and analysis of cultural infrastructure in the region
  • how the themes of Galway 2020 (Landscape, Language, Migration) map onto present circumstances and future challenges
  • the relationship between the creative arts and the Irish language in the region
  • national and international positioning of Galway as a ‘capital of culture’ pre- and post-project completion
  • critique of culture as social, economic and financial ‘capital’
  • exploration of the interaction of and intersection with state institutions and funding bodies, with local community organisations and artistic communities associated with Galway 2020
  • future directions, future prospects – to examine implications for national and EU policy on cultural infrastructure, supports and funding

To discuss relevant topics, please contact Prof. Daniel Carey at


5pm GMT Monday, July 8, 2019

Application Process

G2020 GDS T&Cs 2019-20 Final
G2020-Project-Proposal-Form-2019-20 Final
G2020 Application Data 2019-20 Final