StAR PhD

The StAR PhD programme aims to attract high-achieving international students to an efficient four-year structured PhD training programme at RCSI.

The programme aims to encourage scientists to develop innovative research projects in one of RCSI’s areas of research strength, including but not limited to:

Depending on the focus of the PhD research, students will choose their project based on three internal 10-week rotations or students will develop their proposal through the SPHeRE programme (Population Health and Health-services Research).

This structured training programme will include compulsory core modules in ethics, science communication, biostatistics and intellectual property. Core modules are complemented by many additional optional modules delivering skill sets including innovation and entrepreneurship, data management, coding. The structured training is designed to suit bench scientists, informatics based research, clinical researchers, and population heath researchers.

Benefits

  • Opportunity for an international research training experience in a world-class institution
  • Four-year structured PhD training programme with the opportunity to gain an additional Professional Certificate in Research Practice
  • Funded four-year PhD Scholarship, covering student fees, research costs and student stipend
  • Relocation package: up to €5,000 per student
  • Annual home travel allowance

Eligibility

The PhD programme is oriented towards high-achieving overseas international students with a strong profile and a background in biomedical research, clinical research, population health research, or health services research coming from primary degree courses focusing on: Cell and molecular biology; clinical and translational sciences; medical sciences (biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy etc); bioengineering; pharmacy; physiotherapy; nursing and midwifery; medicinal chemistry; genetics and neurosciences; population health; social sciences; health services research; education in health sciences.

  • Students will have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First Class Honours degree or equivalent (i.e. top 10% of primary degree or equivalent) and should provide a grade point average (GPA) for each completed year of undergraduate degree.
  • English requirements: IETLS =6.5 or must have completed primary degree through the medium of English. Please check the other English language certificates that are accepted.
  • Preference will be given to applicants coming directly from their undergraduate degree into this PhD programme.
  • Applicants have to use the GPA calculator we recommend.
  • Applicants who do not submit all supporting documents will be deemed ineligible.

Application process

StAR PhD

The application process for the StAR PhD will open – along with details on available projects – in autumn 2019. 

StAR Fulbright PhD Scholarship

The 2020-2021 Fulbright Awards for US citizens are now open for application with a student award deadline of 8 October 2019. Applications are made directly to Fullbright.

Two grants are expected be awarded by Fulbright in 2020-21 for part of Year 1; RCSI will provide the rest of the PhD scholarship funding for all four years of the programme.

list of potential projects is available here. More projects will be made available at the end of the summer. If you cannot find a project that suits you, please contact a PI directly using our people finder.

Please note
You will need a letter of affiliation from a PI as part of your application. Please review the Fulbright website for full details on the application components.