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Apply to the SPHeRE PhD Programme

Application Procedure for 2021/2022 SPHeRE PhD Programme

 

There are two modes of application for entry to the SPHeRE Programme:

  1.  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)
  2.  The second mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as an alternatively funded scholar. This year, a scholarship is also available as part of a HRB Research Leader Award in Implementation Science. (details of project 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.

The deadline for applications from Principal Investigators or funding bodies with alternative funding is Monday 19th April 2021, at 12 noon.
Please note that this is a first round deadline and we will consider further applications from PI’s or funding bodies with alternative funding up to August 2021.
Please contact elainehealy@rcsi.ie 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 2021, 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.

 

The deadline for applications for HRB SPHeRE Scholarships and applicants who will be self-funding (full-time or part-time) is Monday 19th April 2021, at 12 noon.

Interviews for these applicants will take place on Thursday, 27th May 2021 via zoom.

 

2. Individual applicants: Alternative Funded Scholarship

An alternative funded scholarship is also available for the following project. If you are interested in applying for this project, you will be asked to apply to the project directly through the link provided below. Please note that it is possible to apply for both a SPHeRE scholarship and an alternatively funded scholarship (separate applications will be necessary).

 

HRB Research Leader Award PhD Scholarship in Implementation Science

PhD Project: Investigating the process and impact of tailoring implementation strategies to support evidence-based interventions in healthcare (registering in University College Cork).

Primary supervisor: Dr Sheena McHugh (UCC)

 

Click here for further information on the Implementation Science project, host institution & supervisory team

Click here to apply for a the HRB RLA Scholarship in Implementation Science

Interviews for the scholarship will take place on Monday, 31st May 2021.