Maynooth University Fully Funded PhD Studentship in the Department of Sociology in Ireland 2022


Closing Dates: May 30th, 2022.

Maynooth University is delighted to offer one exceptional scholar the fully-funded PhD Studentship in the Department of Sociology in Ireland.

The application is a four-year Ph.D is fully funded by the Irish Research Council as an SFI-IRC Pathway Award. The position is part of the Pathway project ‘Power and patronage in medieval Ireland: Clonard from the sixth to twelfth centuries, led by Dr. Niamh Wycherley.

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Wycherley and co-supervisor Dr Elizabeth Boyle, and will address the topic of women associated with Clonard, especially the founding of the Arrouaisian order in the twelfth century and the patronage of aristocratic women donors.

Perks for Maynooth University

The award includes tuition fees, €18,500 annual stipend, travel/work expense budget and graduate training.

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Structured PhD Programme in the Dept of Early Irish, see

Language Requirements:

Applicants for whom English is a second language will be required to meet English language requirements, see

Required Documents

  • Cover letter (max. 2 pages) which should include a discussion of how you will address the PhD research project described above
  • CV, which should include the names and contact details of two academic referees
  • Writing sample (e.g. an academic essay/article or section of MA dissertation)

Selection Criteria:

  • A first class or upper second class Master’s degree in Medieval History, Celtic Studies, or a cognate discipline that broadly aligns with the subject of research
  • Ability to write well in English
  • Knowledge of Latin and/or Old Irish (these are essential skills for the project but student can undertake modules on these languages during the PhD)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good understanding of the Church in medieval Ireland
  • Reading knowledge of French
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Some understanding of medieval palaeography.

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