This website uses cookies. About Cookies OK

Research Funding


Current Opportunities


The Department of Management and Marketing, Cork University Business School, University College Cork invites motivated and talented graduates with outstanding academic records to apply to our PhD Scholarship scheme. We are looking to recruit several full-time PhD students from across the globe. Our scholarships provide up to four years funding, covering doctoral programme tuition fees and an annual stipend of €16,000 per year (subject to satisfactory progress in studies each year). Teaching experience will also be provided and is part of the scholarship.

Cork University Business School is committed to providing a dynamic and supportive learning and research environment, which recognises the diverse backgrounds and interests of both students and staff. In line with this, the successful applicant will be provided with a supportive supervisory team and be provided with learning and networking opportunities to attain the highest standards of academic excellence. These scholarships seek to build on our already strong cohort of PhD scholars.  We are looking for graduates who have a strong desire to earn a PhD that will attain the highest standards of academic excellence and positively influence their discipline.

Prospective applicants are directed to the list of potential research topics listed here and to then also consider the areas of expertise that exist in the Department when developing their research proposal.  While we will consider research proposals not linked to the these topics, applicants must have engaged with a potential supervisor in the preparation of their research proposal, and have their agreement to supervise the PhD, if successful.  Applications without the agreement of a supervisor will not be considered.

The successful applicants will receive tailored guidance on their research, be part of a burgeoning research focused Department and School, gain access to key international networks, in addition to gaining experience in third-level teaching. The supervisory team will be drawn from scholars with a strong track record in publishing in the leading international journals and texts in their field of expertise, gaining competitive research funding, and hold various editorial positions. The successful applicant can be confident that s/he will be on the right path to a successful academic career through completing their PhD in UCC.  At the earliest possible opportunity during the tenure of a scholarship, the awardee will be required to prepare one, or if necessary two, application(s), under the guidance and advice of the supervisor, for external research funding under the Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme, if eligible to do so.

If you have any queries on the scholarships or PhD programme then please contact Dr. Ronan Carbery at, Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning.

Applicant criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade I in a relevant Masters degree.

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the English language requirement:

IELTS: 6.5- with no individual section lower than 5.5
TOEFL: 90 - with minimum scores as follows: Listening- 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing – 17

How to apply

The closing date for PhD scholarship applications is 5pm on Monday 31st May 2021.  Presentations and interviews will take place in late June 2021.

To apply please download the application form here. The completed application form should then be uploaded to Google Forms along with any relevant supporting documentation such as IELTS score, agreement from supervisor, etc. In the case of applicants where English is not your first language, you must also provide evidence that you meet the entry criteria set out above. Once your application is submitted it will be acknowledged.

Please note that candidates who do not submit a fully completed application form (and evidence of satisfying the English language requirements where required) by the specific deadline will not be considered. Please note that we reserve the right to check any submitted proposal for originality.

The successful scholarship awardees will then have to submit a formal application through the University application system with an anticipated start date in October 2021.