StAR Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme

The RCSI Strategic Academic Recruitment PhD Programme is an international scheme that recruits high achieving PhD scholars to carry out cutting-edge, impactful basic or translational research.

The programme provides successful candidates with the opportunity to work with world leading principal investigators in RCSI and partner institutes by spending an equal period of time living and studying in Ireland and abroad.

About the programme

The StAR PhD degree is a fully funded four-year structured PhD programme. Scholars work on a research project of strategic importance to RCSI and also complete a series of core taught modules. Each project is co-supervised by an RCSI Principal Investigator and a supervisor in the partner institute.

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RCSI is accepting applications from candidates to be supported by the Irish Research Council (IRC) under the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme.

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Opportunities are available for successful candidates to partner with one of the following:

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How to apply

Details on applications to individual StAR Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes will be posted here in due course.

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