South East Regional Development Scholarship Fund

Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are pleased to announce a funded programme of PhD scholarships. This is a key element in the development process towards the TU for the South East of Ireland (TUSEI).  Funding has been made available for this initiative under the TU designation process (TUFT).

Expression of Interest

This call for expressions of interest is directed to research active staff members from both institutes who are interested in joint supervision of PhD students (one supervisor from each institute) to be funded under this scheme, the South East Regional Development Scholarship Fund (Pilot). This pilot scheme provides for an initial funding stream for PhD Scholarships.  Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis, those PIs seeking funding should submit (a) a research proposal aligned with regional strategic objectives and (b) the research strategies of both institutions; (see &

In each case the funding will be awarded for a four-year structured PhD scholarship. Scholarships are valued at €16,000 plus fees and a budget for research expenses of €2,000 per annum. In addition to this budget any lab based projects in the Science and Engineering disciplines may also request an additional budget of  €2,000 towards consumables. The overall purpose of this scholarship programme is to: 

  • Promote high quality research in line with regional strategic objectives and the provision of research and development training for highly skilled graduates leading to the award of a PhD;
  • Support the increase in PhD numbers across both institutions in line with national priorities; and 
  • Promote joint institute collaboration as part of our TUSEI development process. 

Those wishing to put forward an application are asked to complete the initial expression of interest form (see EOI tab on this page). Applications that are successful at this stage will be asked to complete the full application detailed below Expressions of interest (EOI) should be completed online on or before  1700h, Friday the 20th of November 2020.

Completed EOI's will be internally reviewed and successful applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal. 

N.B. Expressions of Interest must be submitted by prospective supervisors and not by prospective students.

Full Applications

Full Application Process 

Applications from supervisory teams must include a minimum of one Academic Supervisor from WIT and one Academic Supervisor from IT Carlow and should therefore meet the Academic regulations in both institutes. It is envisaged that four scholarships will be led by WIT Academic Supervisors and four Projects led by IT Carlow Academic Supervisors with corresponding co-supervisors in each institute.    

The application process involves 4-stages:  

  1. Applicants complete an expression of Interest outlining a viable project for a PhD programme (this process shall include consultation with their HOD & Research Programme Board).
  2. Shortlisted applications/applicants agree the joint supervisor team & prepare a full application (details on this are to follow).
  3. Full applications will then be externally peer reviewed. 
  4. Approved qualifying projects can then be processed through their School and advertised to attract appropriate PhD candidates.

In all cases, supervisory arrangements must comply with current Postgraduate Research Degree Regulations and Procedures in both institutes.

Awards will be made on the basis of excellence and subject to funding being available. WIT & IT Carlow reserve the right not to award all scholarships.