PhD Opportunities

UCD China Scholarship Scheme (CSC): the UCD competition is now open for applications for September 2024 entry. Closing on 31st January 2024.


UCD School of Computer Science is advertising several PhD Vacancies in various topics including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Security, Next Generation of Networks, Bioinformatics and Health Informatics, HCI and Multimedia, Software and Distributed Systems. Information about eligibility criteria, deadline and application form are available at


CLOSED: Fully-Funded PhD Position in Trustworthy Open RAN, Munster Technological University DEADLINE: June 24th 2022

CLOSED: PhD Scholarship Opportunity in Blockchain-Based Fact-Checking and Fighting Misinformation Now Closed

CLOSED: Fully-Funded PhD Position on Blockchain for Post-5G Communication Networks at the School of Computer science, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland Now Closed

There are two ways you can join our team as a PhD student:

Advertised PhD Vacancies with pre-approved funding:

If you are interested in joining our team as a PhD Student carefully read the following material and make sure you keep updated with our advertised PhD vacancies.

Secure Funding for your own PhD Proposal:

In addition to the PhD vacancies that come with funding, there are other opportunities for the applicant to acquire funding for their PhD studies. The following table summarises the available funding opportunities in Ireland where we can collaborate on preparing the proposals.
*I will try to keep the following table updated but do not get discouraged if the link says the call is currently closed. These Calls open almost every year.

GrantRequirementsCall Open/DeadlineDescription
IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme-Comprehensive research proposalSee 
-Eligibility Quiz and Application Form for more details
-Opens around Early September
-Deadline around the end of October
-Outcome March
-Starts the next year September
-a stipend of €16,000 €18,500 per annum
-a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum
-eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum
-the average success rate of 18% over the past five years.
Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme-an honours bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree with a firstclass or upper second-class honours-The 2022 call is scheduled to open in Q4 2021- top up the wage of a full time employee with €27,500 per annum to complete a higher degree by research.
Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate)-The enterprise partner must commit co-funding the scholarship or fellowship at a rate of one third for its duration.-The 2022 call is scheduled to open in Q4 2021. -Awardees receive an annual package of up to  €27,500 per annum comprising of:
-A scholarship stipend of €18,500 per annum
-Fee contribution of up to  €5,750 per annum
-Research expense fund of  €3,250 per annum
Facebook PhD FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM-500-word research summary
-Two letters of recommendation
-Opens August 3, 2021, 12:00 Research/dissertationstipend/salarypm PST
-Closes September 20, 2021 11:59pm PST
-Outcome End of January 2022
Google PhD Fellowships-Student CV with links to website and publications (if available)
-Short (1-page) CV of the student's primary advisor
-Two to three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the nominee's work (at least one from the thesis advisor)
-Research / dissertation proposal including references (maximum 8 pages)
-Student essay response (350-word limit) 
-Applications for the 2022 program will open on September 1, 2021 and will close on September 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM PST. Awardees will be notified by January 2022.-Up to 3 year Fellowship
-Yearly bursary towards stipend / salary, health care, social benefits, tuition and fees, conference travel and personal computing equipment. The bursary varies by country.