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Apply for the John & Pat Hume Doctoral Awards 2024-2025 & Study at Maynooth University in Ireland (€22,000 stipend, €2,000 research expenses plus EU fees for four years)

Maynooth University has established an international reputation for excellence in research and research-led teaching across the arts, humanities, social sciences and science and engineering. In support of our mission to promote research and teaching, a range of postgraduate research awards are available for suitably qualified prospective doctoral students. Maynooth University aims to reflect the diversity of the community we serve, and welcomes applications from all individuals, in particular, from people who are significantly under-represented in postgraduate higher education.

  1. DURATION OF AWARDS
    The maximum duration of a Hume Scholarship is four years.
    Continuation of funding is subject to satisfactory annual progress and continued compliance with the terms and conditions of the award.
    1) If progress is unsatisfactory during the departmental annual review, the Vice President Research and Innovation will consider whether funding should be discontinued. If continuation is approved, this will be subject to the submission of a plan to achieve satisfactory progress.
    2) All scholars will be expected to apply for external funding (e.g. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship)
    during the first two years of their award. This is a requirement for the continuation of funding. Evidence of applications must be sent to the Graduate Research Academy at [email protected] in order that continuation funding can be approved.

MODE OF STUDY & ELIGIBILITY
a. Mode of study
Only full-time students are eligible for the Hume Scholarships.
All Hume Doctoral Award holders will register with Maynooth University. Hume awards cannot be used for registration at or fees payments to other universities.
All Hume scholars must receive co-supervision by a team of at least two supervisors. If more than two departments are involved in supervision, only one department will manage the annual progression processes.
b. Eligibility
The minimum standards for eligibility for MU John & Pat Hume doctoral awards of any type are:

  • All applicants must have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, in the
    discipline of the department of application, or in a cognate discipline approved by the proposed supervisor.
  • If undergraduate examination results are not known at the time of application, Maynooth University may make
    a provisional offer of a scholarship on condition that the scholar’s bachelor’s (equivalent) degree result is a first
    class or upper second-class honours.
  • If a scholar does not have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), they must possess a first class or upper second-class master’s degree in the discipline of the department of application or cognate discipline as approved by proposed supervisor.

Degrees may be from Ireland, the EU or from any recognised international university. Equivalency of degrees awarded and
results obtained outside of Ireland will be determined by the Vice President for Research or President’s nominee.
In certain cases, where a higher diploma operates as a master’s qualifier, the higher diploma result can be considered equivalent
to a primary degree.
Applicants in the final year of the qualifying degree apply on the basis of expected results. Should results be unavailable at the time of award offers, applicants with the highest ranking will be made conditional offers, (subject to confirmation of actual results). If the required qualification is not achieved, the university shall deem the applicant ineligible and rescind the
conditional offer.
For international students, from a country where English is not the primary language, an English proficiency test is mandatory. An international applicant may apply for the Hume Scholarship without the English proficiency test, but, if the applicant is deemed successful, only a conditional offer can be made, pending proof of English language proficiency ie. an original certificate is submitted through PAC within 30-60 days. For international students the minimum English
language requirement for an MU PhD programme is as follows: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test) 95; and PTE (Pearson): 62.
c. Nationality
Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply.
d. Exclusions

  • Those who have commenced a postgraduate research degree at Maynooth University prior to application are
    not eligible for an award for that degree.
  • Those who hold only a pass degree qualification and who do not meet the required standard of qualification as
    stated under Term 3b. Eligibility are not eligible to apply.
  • Those who have received a Maynooth University John & Pat Hume doctoral award are not eligible to apply for
    funding for a second postgraduate degree under the Maynooth University John & Pat Hume doctoral awards
    scheme.

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DUTIES OF AWARD HOLDERS
The primary duties of MU John & Pat Hume doctoral award holders are to advance their study with the objective of completing the doctoral degree within the expected timeframe of four years. Before engaging in any additional activities, either within the University or outside, award holders should discuss these with their supervisory team and should carefully consider possible implications of such activities for their progress and should only engage in other activities to the extent that they will not negatively impact on their primary duties as a research student.
MU John & Pat Hume doctoral award holders who wish to develop their teaching skills, contribute to pedagogical developments in their discipline and develop other skills to enhance their future employability may also be considered for activities such as tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, marking and/or similar related work for which they will receive additional payment subject to University guidelines, policies and procedures.

Please note, there is no obligation on the University to offer the scholar any additional paid work, and there is no obligation on the scholar to accept any such offers of paid work. Moreover, any such work, where offered, is to exclusively advance the scholar’s training and development in their capacity as a Doctoral Scholar.
John & Pat Hume doctoral award holders are required to contact the Graduate Research Academy by email to [email protected] if they intend to suspend or withdraw from their studies, regardless of the reason, before they submit the postgraduate registration suspension/withdrawal form. Should an award holder fail to comply with this requirement, funding will cease, and the Graduate Research Academy will seek to recover funds paid to the award holder for the period from the date of suspension/withdrawal of postgraduate registration where applicable

The call for submission of applications for the John & Pat Hume Doctoral Awards launched on Friday, 2nd February 2024 (1pm) and closes on Tuesday, 5th March 2024 (9am). 

Established in honour of John Hume, an alumnus of Maynooth University, and in recognition of his important contribution to Ireland, the John & Pat Hume Doctoral Awards are offered across all disciplines at Maynooth University. 

The scholarship offering for 2024-2025 is €22,000 stipend, €2,000 research expenses plus EU fees for four years.

Applications should be made online via our dedicated Hume PAC portal 

There is no fee or charge to submit a Hume application. 

For further enquiries please contact [email protected]

Maynooth University has established an international reputation for excellence in research and research-led teaching across the arts, humanities, social sciences and science and engineering. In support of our mission to promote research and teaching, a range of postgraduate research awards are available for suitably qualified prospective doctoral students. Maynooth University aims to reflect the diversity of the community we serve, and welcomes applications from all individuals, in particular, from people who are significantly under-represented in postgraduate higher education.

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