Apply to the SPHeRE PhD Programme
Application Procedure for 2020/2021 SPHeRE PhD Programme
There are two modes of application for entry to the SPHeRE Programme:
- the first mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as a HRB SPHeRE Funded (full-time) or a Self-Funded scholar (part-time or full-time)
- the second mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as an alternatively funded scholars. Scholarships are available for a variety of projects (details of projects are below)
Funding Bodies (such as charities, philanthropic organisations or employers) or Supervisors with tied bursaries (either externally funded or tied to their own institutions) that can fund a Scholar for 4 years can also apply for inclusion of their candidate on the Programme. No additional fees are payable to the SPHeRE Programme. Funding Bodies should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
1. Individual applicants: HRB SPHeRE Funded (full-time only) or Self-funded (part-time or full-time)
Individual applicants may apply for entry to the SPHeRE Structured PhD Programme in the same way as in previous years.
If applying for one of the HRB SPHeRE Full-time Scholarships, please be aware that applicants successful in receiving a HRB SPHeRE Scholarship in 2020, can only be registered to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin or University College Cork. It will not be possible to apply the HRB SPHeRE Scholarship in other institutions.
However, individual self-funding applicants, either full-time or part-time, who either do not apply for a HRB SPHeRE Scholarship, or are not successful in receiving one, but are deemed suitable for entry to the SPHeRE Programme may register at any of RCSI, TCD, UCC, UCD, DCU, MU, NUI Galway or UL, where the relevant University registrations and fees are payable. No additional fees are payable to the SPHeRE Programme.
- Click here for further information on a SPHeRE scholarship
- Click here to apply for a HRB SPHeRE Scholarship or as a Self-funding Applicant
The deadline for applications for HRB SPHeRE Scholarships and applicants who will be self-funding (full-time or part-time) is Sun, April 19th at midnight
Interviews for these applicants will take place on the 26th May, 2020 in Dublin
2. Individual applicants: Alternative Funded Scholarships
Alternative funded scholarships are also available for the following projects. If you are interested in applying for one of these projects, you will be asked to apply to the project directly through the links provided below. Please note that it is possible to apply for more than one project.
a) HRB EMeRGe Breast Cancer Project
PhD Project: Investigating the Role of Mammographic Breast Density in Breast Cancer (registering in RCSI)
- Click here for further information on the EMeRGe project, host institution & supervisory team
- Click here to apply for an EMeRGe Breast Cancer PhD scholarship
b) HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award Funded Scholarships (three streams of application)
The Health Research Board has funded three Collaborative Doctoral Programmes (CDPs) in different areas of patient-focused research. Each Programme supports a number of different PhD projects as listed below. Trainees on these Programmes participate in SPHeRE doctoral training and in addition will engage in training activities relevant to the focus of their CDP.
If you are interested in applying for one of these projects as part of the Programmes listed below, you will be asked to apply to the project directly through the links provided below. Please note that it is possible to apply for more than one project.
i) HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award: iPASTAR
Improving Pathways for Acute Stroke And Rehabilitation
- PhD Project 1: Maximising accessibility and equity of acute stroke care pathways in Ireland (registering in RCSI)
- PhD Project 2: Beyond Early Supported Discharge (ESD): Improving and supporting transitions of care for stroke (registering in RCSI)
- PhD Project 3: Staying well and reducing risk after stroke (registering UCD)
- PhD Project 4: Cost and Cost-effectiveness of current stroke care pathways and the developed interventions (registering in RCSI)
Details of Interviews are not yet available.
ii) HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award: Collaborative Doctoral Programme in Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP-CDP)
- PhD Project 1: Implementing diabetes prevention interventions to improve patient engagement and promote scale-up (registering in UCC)
- PhD project 2: Optimising digitally delivered cardiac rehabilitation for standardised, scalable delivery using a novel approach from behavioural science, the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST): A Pilot Optimsation Trial (registering in NUI Galway)
- Project 3: Development of a prevention program to address needs of women with previous gestational diabetes (registering in UCD)
- PhD project 4: Stroke prevention (registering in UCC)
- PhD project 5: Feasibility of ‘OurAction’, a structured peer-support adjunct to Irish cardiovascular disease prevention programmes (registering in NUI Galway).
Interviews for shortlisted applicants to the CDP-CDP will take place on Wednesday 10th June 2020 in Galway.
iii) HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award: Diabetic Foot Disease: from PRevention to treatment to IMproved patient Outcomes (DFD PRIMO)
- PhD project 1: Combined diabetic foot and retinal screening: a novel approach to early detection of complications (registering in NUI Galway)
- PhD Project 2: Implementing the HSE Model of Care for the Diabetic Foot among community nursing (registering in NUIG Galway)
- PhD Project 3: Developing Health Professionals Health Literacy competencies to support self-management of DFD (registering in NUI Galway)
- PhD Project 4: Addressing wound healing through psychological intervention with patients (registering in NUI Galway)
Details of Interviews are not yet available.