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  1. Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

  2. www.research.ie Guide for Applicants Guide to the Online Application System Terms & Conditions FAQs etc.

  3. Register

  4. On line Application • Supervisor & Referees • Research Mobility • Academic Qualifications • Proposed Research • Personal/Ethical/Gender Statement Ethics– Research Office • Financial Justification – Research Accounts Office • Application Declaration

  5. 1. Supervisor & Referees Supervisor= Pre-registered academic Referee • must be a qualified researcher (from academia or enterprise). • Must select 2 N.B. Correct contact details Supervisor can be referee but supervisor will then have to provide a supervisor report AND a separate reference

  6. 3. Academic Qualifications • Undergraduate Qualifications Additional details e.g. projects, other good marks, place in class, scholarships or prizes • Postgraduate Qualifications • Other Education Any certificates/diplomas? Other training? e.g. I.T. • Research Achievements plus Research projects – give aim, methodology employed, results

  7. 4. Proposed Research Degree type • Structured Doctoral Degree (48 months) • Structured Masters Degree (24 months) Abstract350 words = project summary Readable by non-specialists

  8. Structured PhD Supervisor AND Graduate Research Committee Annual Progress Reviews 30-45 ECTS/ 360 ECTS tailored to you Generic and Transferrable skills, e.g. Teaching and learning Advanced specialised courses 4-year programme

  9. 4. Proposed Research cont. Description of topic 1,000 words e.g. aims, objectives, central research questions Methodology500 words investigative and analytic methods and theoretical frameworks Research Plan 400 words e.g. schedule for completion of tasks/phases of project, efficient management and performance of research, annual progress reviews

  10. Gantt chart

  11. 4. Proposed Research cont. Relationship of the project to existing research400 words How project will make a new contribution to knowledge Specialist knowledge/data required to undertake the project400 words Plans for acquiring knowledge data, expertise in research group Relevant advanced specialised modules

  12. 4. Proposed Research cont. Reasons for choosing institution and supervisor for project 300 words GRC, membership? Proposed research trips 200 words Dissemination plans 400 words Bibliography Upload as pdf Total word count = 3,600

  13. Why NUI Galway? • Facilities • several new research buildings • Research funding • Research income ~ €45 million p.a. • Research outputs • Publications • Patents • International academic standing of research supervisors Dr. Lucy Byrnes

  14. Training and Development Plan 600 words • Career goals • How will PhD/Research Masters help? • Plan for acquisition of new knowledge and skills • Career in non-academic sector Structured PhD • Research • Taught modules – Advanced specialised and Generic & transferrable skills modules

  15. 5. Personal/Ethical/Gender Statements Personal statement 500 words • Should be well thought-out. • Writing should be clear and of high quality. Avoid clichés. • The more specific you are the more convincing your case. • Back up your statements with evidence. • Don’t be afraid to be ambitious. • Portray your excitement.

  16. 5. Ethics – Human Participants • Role of the Research Ethics Committee is to safeguard the health, welfare and rights of human participants and researchers in research studies • Formal ethical approval is not required at the application stage however in conjunction with your supervisor you do need to address possible ethical concerns in your proposal • Does my study have ethical concerns? You need to work with your supervisor to ascertain this – examples studies involving vulnerable groups, etc • If you get funded then you can seek formal ethical approval before commencing your study • More information http://www.nuigalway.ie/research/vp_research/ethics.html

  17. 5. Ethics - Animals in Research • New legislation – December 2012 • http://www.imb.ie/EN/Veterinary/Scientific-Animal-Protection/About-the-legislation.aspx • Irish Medicines Board Responsible • Research cannot proceed without Authorisation and Ethical Approval • Need Project and Individual Authorisation – contact your supervisor for guidance • http://www.imb.ie/EN/Veterinary/Scientific-Animal-Protection/Authorisations-.aspx • Ethical approval – contact your supervisor for guidance • http://www.nuigalway.ie/research/vp_research/internal/acrec.html • acrec@nuigalway.ie

  18. 5. Personal/Ethical/Gender Statements cont. Gender Dimension statement ‘All applicants must complete the gender dimension statement, regardless of subject area’ Consider gender in the ideas/proposal, research and dissemination phases

  19. Does your research involve humans? YES: gender always relevant NO: at what point down the line will humans be involved and how will gender be influencing your research at that stage? www.yellowwindow.com/genderinresearch for relevant case studies e.g. Health, Socio-economic sciences and humanities

  20. 6. Financial Information - WHEN ENTERING THE COSTS ENSURE THE CALCULATIONS ARE CORRECT AND APPROPRIATE TO THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF YEARS YOU APPLYING FOR. - ENSURE THE JUSTIFICATIONS ARE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE AND NOTE WHICH YEAR THEY APPLY TO. RESEARCH ACCOUNTS OFFICE

  21. IRC GUIDELINES • MAXIMUM OF €2,250 PER YEAR IN OTHER COSTS • SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED IN YR 1 OF THE AWARD OR IN THE FIRST 3 MONTHS OF A ONE YR AWARD • - ONLY VOUCHED EXPENSES CAN BE CLAIMED ON THE AWARD RESEARCH ACCOUNTS OFFICE

  22. IRC GUIDELINES - OTHER ELIGIBLE EXPENSES SUCH AS SMALL CONSUMABLES, BOOKS, TRAINING, PUBLISHING AND WRITE UP COSTS RESEARCH ACCOUNTS OFFICE

  23. Postgraduate Evaluation Criteria • Project 40% • Training and Career Development 10% • Applicant 30% • Environment 20%

  24. Competition for funding Need to show that research is a considered career path Convince IRC that up to €96,000 will be well spent • This is a competition and not a time for modesty. • Be truthful. • Make your application STAND OUT

  25. Deadline 5.00 p.m. (GMT) on 12 March, 2013 Save drafts, back-up if working offline Print copy before you submit Submit in good time

  26. Referees & Supervisors • Deadline 5.00 p.m. (GMT) on 26 March, 2013 • Help referees to provide an informed report/reference for you • Give them a copy of your application • Applicant’s responsibility to ensure reports and references are received in time

  27. Other Scholarships Examples • Teagasc • Environmental Protection Agency • Dept. of Children & Youth Affairs • Research Scholarship Programme • closing date 16 April Ask proposed supervisor Check websites

  28. Questions