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Research funding and PhD opportunities Dr Andrea Valova Graduate Studies Office andrea.valova@nuim.ie. Introduction. Postgraduate qualifications valued by employers in both private and public sector Where to begin? Supervisor Programme

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Research funding and PhD opportunitiesDr Andrea ValovaGraduate Studies Officeandrea.valova@nuim.ie

introduction
Introduction
  • Postgraduate qualifications valued by employers in both private and public sector
  • Where to begin?
    • Supervisor
    • Programme
    • Funding - Apply for all relevant awards, big and small!
  • PhD as a route to what?
    • Academia? ~20% of PhDs only
    • Publications: Where?
    • Conferences: Which ones? What form of participation ? Funding?
  • What are my funding options?
    • Personal scholarships / Project funded scholarships
    • Internal / External
postgraduate research programmes at nuim
Postgraduate Research Programmes at NUIM
  • Key characteristics of structured PhD programmes
    • Core: advancement of knowledge through original research
    • Integrated support for professional development
    • Student-centric programmes - tailored to suit individual students
    • Arrangements for supervision
    • Regular monitoring of progress
  • Departments have developed their own unique Structured PhD/Research Masters programmes, with a minimum /maximum amount of credits
  • The following types of Research Modules are available under the Structured PhD programme:
    • Subject Specific Modules /Advanced Specialist Modules
    • Generic Skills Modules /Transferable Modules
  • In addition to modules available at NUIM, students can take modules at other HEIs
modules explained
Modules Explained

Subject Specific /Advanced Specialist Modules

Subject Specific Modules

These include Master’s level taught modules in the discipline area or in a cognate discipline area

Advanced Specialist Modules

These include advanced specialist doctorate level courses provided by Department/Research Institute/other Irish or international 4th Level institution. Students from other departments may register for these modules.

http://www.nuim.ie/courses/

Generic Skills / Transferable Skills Modules

Generic Skills Modules

These include modules on research skills and awareness; ethics and understanding; communication skills; personal effectiveness/development; teamwork and leadership; career management and networking; entrepreneurship and innovation.

http://graduatestudies.nuim.ie/prospectivepostgrads/researchdegrees/structuredresearchprogrammesandgenericskills/genericskills

Transferable Skills Modules

These include modules offered in disciplines other than the one in which you are registered. At the moment they are offered by disciplines such as languages; computer science; business and law; statistics; maths or from other disciplines that would enhance the student’s skills development.

funding options
Funding Options

Personal scholarships

Scholarship awarded to an individual directly by a funding agency/sponsor. Student applies to the body which provides funding and funding body decides.

Graduate Studies Office provides support at all stages: application, award acceptance, stipend processing, budget management…

Examples: NUIM John & Pat Hume Scholarship, Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship, NUI Travelling Studentship…

Project funded scholarships

Larger grants provided by various funding agencies to individual researchers/University can include stipend for research students.

The supervisor/department/University selects whom to award the scholarship – not the funding body.

Research Administration Office is in charge of paperwork and budget management.

Examples: EU FP7/Horizon 2020 awards, HEA institutional awards…

nuim john pat hume scholarships
NUIM John & Pat Hume Scholarships
  • 2013-14 Terms & Conditions:
    • Applicants with 1st class honours/2.1 with 1st in relevant discipline, intending to pursue a PhD programme (can start as Research Masters), if in Faculty of Science & Engineering: 2.1 with first in final year research project also qualifies
    • Value: Fees + €5k stipend, some departments can award additional €3k for University related activities (demonstrations, tutorials etc.)
    • Duration up to 4 years, subject to satisfactory progress
    • 2014-15 call expected in March, application deadline early May
    • Existing postgraduate research students ineligible for the current degree
    • To date: scholarships available in each department/Institute
irish research council www research ie
Irish Research Council www.research.ie
  • Created in 2012 following merge of the Irish Research Council for Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Postgraduate schemes open to all disciplines
  • Duration up to 2 years for structured Research Masters and up to 4 years for structured PhD
  • One start date – Oct 2014
  • 2 attempts only
  • Current students eligible (except for Employment Based scheme)
  • Maximum value of award €24k per year (€16k stipend, fees up to €5,750 per year, optional research expenses allowance up to €2,750 per year)
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Enterprise Partnership Scheme

  • Any discipline
  • Enterprise Partners already participating listed at IRC’s website but scheme open to new Partners
  • IPR agreement must be signed before fundingcan commence
  • Flexibility regarding Enterprise Partner’s involvement in the project & fellow’s placement with Partner
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Employment Based Postgraduate Research Scheme

  • Any discipline
  • Scheme piloted in 2012, call expected in 2014
  • Student must be employed for the duration of the Research Masters/PhD by the partner, minimum salary €24k per year
  • Student must spent 50% - 70% of their time at the partner
  • IRC contributes €16k towards salary costs + €8k for fees and research related costs
  • IPR agreement must be signed before fundingcan commence
applying for irc scholarship
Applying for IRC scholarship
  • At least 2.1 at undergrad level (Masters can be considered)
  • Online application system: Smart & Simple
  • Justification of research expenses required
  • Budget must be used as awarded
  • NUIM procurement rules apply to externally funded students – implications for costing
  • Ethical statement
  • Note internal pre-application requirement and application deadline to be published by Graduate Studies Office following launch of the call
  • Workshop for applicants
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NUI Awards

(2013-14 situation)

  • Postgraduate Travelling Studentships
    • NUI graduates only eligible
    • Enable students to undertake postgraduate research abroad towards a doctoral degree – either registered abroad OR in Ireland with substantial period(s) of research abroad
    • Up to 4 years - €16,000 per year
    • 2013 deadline late March/early April
    • To be confirmed for 2014
  • http://www.nui.ie/awards/postgraduates.asp
other funding opportunities
Other funding opportunities

NUIM Graduate Studies website:

graduatestudies.nuim.ie

EU research grants funded positions:

ec.europa.eu/euraxess

www.ResearchProfessional.com

  • Various funding opportunities including for postgrads
  • Campus access
contact
Contact

andrea.valova@nuim.ie

Graduate Studies Office

John Hume Building 3rd Floor

Tel. 01-708 6605