The School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is inviting applications for PhD Scholarship, School of Social Work and Social Policy – Migrant Homelessness in Ireland: A Mixed Methods Study. This is a fully funded scholarship under the newly established Provost PhD Scholarship Awards.

Course Level: Scholarship is available to pursue PhD programme.

Eligible Countries: EU or non-EU students are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

Essential Qualifications

  • MA, MSc or MPhil in Social Research Methods, Sociology, Social Policy, Anthropology, Psychology or cognate fields [students who are currently undertaking and due to complete a Masters degree in September 2018 are eligible to apply].
  • Training in the conduct of both quantitative and qualitative social research, including research design, the conduct of data collection/fieldwork and data analysis.

Expected Skills

  • Knowledge and some experience of undertaking both quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Solid training and skills in quantitative data analysis.
  • Solid qualitative interviewing skills and the ability to analyse complex qualitative data.
  • The ability and motivation to undertake ethnographic fieldwork.
  • Basic knowledge, as well as strong potential and motivation, to apply mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) research techniques.
  • An understanding of the complexities of undertaking research with homeless or other marginalised and ‘hard-to-reach’ populations.
  • Excellent English language writing skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to negotiate with ‘gatekeepers’ to the research population.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to set and adhere to research goals.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.

Desirable Skills

  • Prior experience of conducting research in the fields of homelessness and/or migration.
  • An appreciation of the range of ethical considerations relevant to the conduct of research on homeless or other marginalised and potentially vulnerable populations. Output Expected
  • Writing a PhD dissertation.
  • Preparation and delivery of national and international conference presentations.
  • Submission of work to high-ranking international scientific journals.

Method of Application: Candidates should submit the application by email to Noreen O’Sullivan, Executive Officer, School of Social Work and Social Policy.

The subject line in the email should read: ‘Application for Provost PhD Award’. The following documentation only must be submitted in order to be considered for the post:

  1. A full Curriculum Vitae (including the names and contact details of two academic referees).
  2. A covering letter (no longer than 2 A4 pages) outlining the applicant’s profile and skills and including a statement of motivation for applying for the PhD Scholarship.
  3. A writing sample, written in English, not longer than 10,000 words. This writing sample should be submitted as a word or pdf document and can be: a) a chapter from your Master’s dissertation; b) a published article where you are a named author; c) a research report where you are a named author.

Scholarship Link

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 16, 2018