SPHeRE Scholar Application Procedure 2024

Apply to the SPHeRE PhD Programme

Scholar applications are now open.

There are three modes of application for entry to the SPHeRE Structured PhD Programme:

  1. The first mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as a HRB SPHeRE Funded Scholar (full-time)
  2. The second mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as a Self-Funded Scholar (part-time or full-time)
  3. The third mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as an alternatively funded Scholar (part-time or full-time)

Funding Bodies (such as charities, philanthropic organisations or employers) or PIs/Supervisors that have funding for a Scholar or a tied bursary (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.
Please contact SPHeRE Programme Manager Katherine Walsh at katherinewalsh@rcsi.com for further information on enrolling a Scholar on the programme.

Mandatory in-person SPHeRE Programme Orientation will take place in person Wednesday 25th-Friday 27th September 2024 in RCSI and TCD.
Teaching takes place in person each week in year 1 and attendance is mandatory.

 

 1. Individual applicants: HRB SPHeRE Funded (full-time only)

Individual applicants may now apply for entry to the SPHeRE Structured PhD Programme for September 2024.

The full-time 4 year structured PhD Programme includes:

  • Annual stipend of €25,000, plus laptop computer, plus PhD fees
  • 6 taught modules completed in the first year of the Programme
  • A workshop programme which runs over four years
  • 8-week specialist rotation in Irish health related agencies in the first year
  • Placement with a prestigious overseas agency to further PhD project development in the second or third years

Six HRB SPHeRE Funded Scholarships are available. Applicants who wish to apply for a SPHeRE funded Scholarship must submit an application form and select their preferred project (or a maximum of 3 projects) from the 10 advertised projects below.

Projects are linked to an institution, and so Scholars will be based at the institution to which the project is linked. It will not be possible for Scholars to move a project to their preferred institution

The deadline for applications for a HRB funded SPHeRE Scholarship is 12 noon, Monday 22nd April.

Interviews for SPHeRE Scholarships will take place on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May via Zoom.
We will not be able to facilitate requests for alternative interview dates.

See here for further guidance on applying for a HRB SPHeRE Full-time Scholarship

Apply for a SPHeRE Funded Scholarship

 

Read more about the projects below

 

 

2.  Individual applicants: Self-Funded Scholar (part-time or full-time)

Self-funded Scholar applications are now open.

Individual self-funded 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 the nine institutions below where the relevant University registrations and fees are payable.

No additional  fees are payable to the SPHeRE Programme.

  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • Trinity College Dublin,
  • University College Cork (UCC)
  • Dublin City University (DCU)
  • The National University of Ireland, Maynooth (MU)
  • Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
  • University College Dublin (UCD)
  • University of Galway
  • University of Limerick (UL)

The deadline for applications for self-funded Scholars is 12 noon, Monday 22nd April.

It is planned that interviews for self-funded applications will take place on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May via Zoom.

Apply as a self funded Scholar

3.  Individual applicants: Alternatively Funded Scholars

If you wish to apply as an Alternatively Funded Scholar (meaning you already have a source of funding from a workplace, institution etc.) for the 2024-2025 academic year please contact SPHeRE Programme Manager Katherine Walsh at katherinewalsh@rcsi.com

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis for candidates who are alternatively funded.


RCSI Converge Scholarships

Applications for RCSI School of Population Health Converge Scholarships are now open.

The new Converge: Centre for Chronic Disease and Population Health Research is the coordinating hub for three integrated streams of SFI-funded research:

  • An epidemiology and disease burden stream that will develop a novel data ecosystem and execute a series of epidemiologic studies to prioritise the current emerging, and future health priorities in chronic disease and morbidity in Ireland and globally;
  • A population implementation and effectiveness stream will develop and use new population registries and integrated data sources to quantify the impact of care and prevention in the real world, taking both an Irish and global perspective;
  • A health impact and economic modelling platform will develop novel disease progression models and health impact models to prioritise intervention and risk stratification options.

Two PhD candidates will be recruited to carry out 4-year PhD projects to support the thematic research strands. All PhD candidates will be based in RCSI.

 See here for further guidance on applying for a Converge Scholarship

The closing date for Converge Scholarship applications is Friday 7th June.

Please contact Elaine Healy, Research Manager, School of Population Health, RCSI, at elainehealy@rcsi.com with any questions.

Apply for a Converge Scholarship

 


If you have any questions about the SPHeRE Programme or the application process
please contact sphereprogramme@gmail.com