For PhD (Home Economics) Part-time Studies 2022-2023

The National Centre of Excellence for Home Economics, St. Angela’s College Sligo invites applications for the Kappeler Bursary for PhD studies in Home Economics (part-time). This bursary will cover fees for part-time PhD (Home Economics) study (up to a maximum of 6 years) and is open to applicants who register in Year 1 of the PhD (Home Economics) studies in the School of Home Economics, St. Angela’s College in September 2022.

Veroni Kappeler was a Swiss Home Economist, passionate about the development of the discipline Home Economics, who bequeath in her will a philanthropic donation to St. Angela’s College designated for the advancement of the field. This bursary which will support the successful applicants to completion of a structured PhD (Home Economics) is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Frau Kappeler.  

The School of Home Economics has a proud tradition of providing world-renowned education in Home Economics over the past 70 years. The School has an established track record and is a recognised leader nationally and internationally in the field of Home Economics. Graduates of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes bear testament to the high standard of professionalism aspired to by the School and are employed in a variety of settings and locations. The National Centre of Excellence for Home Economics, St. Angela’s College Sligo is committed to educating learners to be morally and ethically responsible leaders, who think critically, act wisely and work skilfully with the entreaty to “make a difference”. The successful applicants of the Kappeler Bursary for PhD studies in Home Economics will work with and be supported by Home Economics academic experts in the School of Home Economics throughout their studies.

The Bursary

The Bursary will cover full payment of part-time PhD Home Economics fees (EU fees only, up to a maximum of six years). The EU Fee** total (inc. levies) is currently set at €5,250 for the academic year 2022/23. One Bursary may be offered based on the applications received.

**If you are liable for Non-EU fees please refer to our fees section for full details; however, please note the Bursary will only cover the payment of EU Fees, the student will be required to supplement these if they are eligible for Non-EU fees.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate Level 8 degree in Home Economics with first or second-class honours, grade one, and wish to pursue their studies to Doctoral level in Home Economics. Applicants may also hold a Level 9 qualification.
  • Applicants must have initially discussed the proposed area of research with the Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Home Economics (St. Angela's College).
  • Successful applicants must register with the School of Home Economics, St. Angela’s College, Sligo as a Year 1 PhD (Home Economics) student (part-time) for the academic session 2022/2023.
  • This bursary will be paid at EU fees rate only.  
  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall test score of minumum 6.5 in the IELTS Academic Test is required for direct entry.

Initial Enquiries

Step 1. Please contact the Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Home Economics, Dr Elaine Mooney by email ( ) to discuss and for guidance on your proposed area of research within Home Economics.

Step 2. Please contact the proposed supervisor/s nominated by the Head of School of Home Economics and to discuss your intended research study. If proposed supervisor/s agrees that the research proposal has merit and supports your application, then you can move forward to complete the application process.

Step 3. Please complete the application process, and submit the following electronically to Aisling Carty, Administrator, School of Home Economics: 
The deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm on 20th May 2022.

St. Angela’s College will acknowledge receipt of application by reply e-mail. Please note that late and/ or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All offers will be subject to verification of academic records and reference checks. Should you choose to withdraw your application after submission, please inform Aisling Carty, Administrator, School of Home Economics: by email within one week of submission, i.e. latest by 4pm on 27th May 2022.

Important Dates:

  • Call opens: 22nd February 2022
  • Applications must be received, in full, by: 20th May 2022
  • Candidates can expect email notification of the outcome by: 31st May 2022

Assessment Process

Applications will be assessed by a Review Panel.
Applications will be assessed according to the specific weightings as follows:

Criteria for AssessmentWeighting
Academic Record (e.g. prior academic record, prior relevant experience)   40%
Quality & Relevance of Research Proposal, and Reasons for applying for bursary for PhD studies at this time  60%
Supervisor/s Support  Necessary
Head of School Support  Necessary

Please note that applicants may be called for interview in the event of a tiebreaker.
Decision of the Review Panel is final.