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Applications Procedure for 2019/20 SPHeRE PhD Programme


The SPHeRE Programme is still accepting applications for the 2019/20 academic year from Supervisors/Principal Investigators with an alternative funded Scholar who wish to apply for inclusion of their candidate on the Programme. The deadline for individual applicants has passed.



The SPHeRE PhD Programme in Population Health and Health-services Research (PHHSR) aspires to cultivate world-class researchers through a four-year structured PhD Programme. The SPHeRE Programme can also be undertaken over a longer time period on a part-time, self-funded basis. The Programme is a joint initiative of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. We welcome applicants with an interest in carrying out research on population health and/or health services in the Irish context and from a wide range of academic and clinical disciplines, including public health, health psychology, health economics, health policy, general practice, biostatistics, health geography and social science among others.


The full-time 4 year structured PhD Programme features:

  • 6 taught modules completed in the first year of the Programme
  • Opportunities for multidisciplinary research
  • Supervision by internationally renowned Principal Investigators


This Programme provides excellent training for scholars in core health services and population health research skills.

Applicants or Supervisors who have already secured independent funding for a PhD or applicants who wish to pursue the Programme on a part-time/full-time basis are also welcome to apply.

The operation of the SPHeRE Programme is subject to funding by the HRB.


Applications Deadline

The deadline for individual applicants has passed. Applications from supervisors/scholars with their own funding will remain open.

Interviews for candidates that have been successfully shortlisted will take place during the week of May 20th only and we will not be able to facilitate requests for alternative dates.


How to apply?

Supervisor/Principal Investigator Applicants (Alternative Funding)

Supervisors/PI’s that can fund a Scholar for 4 years, who wish to apply for a place on the Programme are required to complete an online application. No additional fees are payable to the SPHeRE Programme outside of your institutional and scholarship costs. We have created a SPHeRE Information Package for Principal Investigators, Employers and other organisations with funding for a PhD student. Please complete the link below and contact Elaine Healy ( for further information.


Apply as a Supervisor/Principal Investigator with funding