The J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics is looking for talented, creative and highly qualified individuals to work under the supervision of an academic faculty member and become part of the School’s vibrant research community. Our PhD programme has a strong track record in terms of the research student experience and the opportunities afforded to, and the achievements of, our PhD graduates. The programme combines scholarly theory-building with a strong applied focus. The School offers a number of PhD scholarships to the best applicants to pursue a structured PhD programme in one of the following disciplines in the School:

The Scholarship

The Scholarship will cover an annual stipend of €16,000 and payment of PhD fees of €5250 per annum (for a maximum of 4 years), subject to satisfactory performance. The successful PhD student will be provided with a dedicated desk and computer and will have the opportunity to participate in research seminars, workshops and avail of research supports through their doctoral programme. The scholarship is not intended for students who already have access to alternative substantial sources of funding (e.g. students working on funded projects or in receipt of other scholarships).  However, at the earliest possible opportunity during the tenure of a scholarship, the Scholar will be required to prepare one, or if necessary two, application(s), under the guidance and advice of the supervisor, for external research funding under the Irish Research Council (IRC) Post-Graduate Scholarship Scheme, if eligible to do so.

The Application Process and Guidelines

It is essential that applicants have engaged with a potential supervisor in the preparation of their research proposal, and have their agreement to supervise the PhD, if successful.  Potential supervisors can be identified from the School’s website Initial informal enquiries can be made to individual staff directly, or to the Associate Head of Graduate Studies, Dr. Lorraine Morgan (

Note that only applicants who have a relevant Master’s degree may normally be admitted to the PhD programme. Overseas applicants may be required to submit an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.  Successful applicants must register with the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics as a Year 1 full-time PhD student for the academic year 2021/22. Scholarships will only be awarded to those who register as full-time PhD students for the period of the award.

To be admitted to the PhD programme, you must:

  • identify, and secure the agreement of, an academic supervisor in the School.
  • submit a research proposal (see proposal form here) of approximately 2,500 words, including the following:
    • Abstract
    • Aims, objectives and central research questions
    • Methodology
    • Expected research outcomes
    • Research schedule and timeline
    • Letter or email from a faculty member confirming their willingness to act as supervisor.
    • Two letters of reference
    • submit a CV and cover letter.
Instruction Documents:

PhD Proposal Form

Guidelines for Developing a PhD Proposal

The above documentation should be submitted through the CRM recruit system -

Your application will be formally considered by the School of Business and Economics PhD Programme Committee for final approval. 

The closing date is 30th May 2021.

For further information, please contact either Lorraine Morgan, Associate Head of Graduate Studies, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, email: or College Office,

To read more about our structured PhDs, please go to:


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