South East Regional Development Scholarship Fund

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

This initial call is directed to candidates who are interested in undertaking a PhD research programme to be jointly supervised by research staff from both institutes (one supervisor from each institute). 

Funding will be awarded for a four-year structured PhD scholarship. Scholarships are valued at €16,000 per annum plus fees and each project will have an additional budget for research expenses. In line with international best practice, scholarship recipients will be required to undertake two hours of academic development activities per week during academic terms.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate on application that they meet an English language requirement with a minimum score of 6.0 IELTS (minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.  This is required for all postgraduate programmes.

Applicants who are currently registered at another Higher Education Institution cannot be offered a scholarship until they provide evidence that they have completed their studies at the other Institution.

Successful scholar is required to apply at least once to the Irish Research Council under the appropriate programme (Government of Ireland Postgraduate Programme).  In the event of a scholar securing a national scholarship, either Institute reserves the right to withdraw funding.

Any intellectual property arising from the research undertaken shall become the property of either Institute (or successor body).

Any scholarship award will be made subject to the veracity of information provided in the application.

Summary Titles of Research Programmes

  • Cyber-security deficiencies in Industrial Control & Automation Systems (ICAS)
  • Edge-AI for Prognostics of Electric Machines for Sustainable Transport: A co-Hardware and Algorithm Approach
  • A Design Research Approach to Manage and Support Multi-Disciplinary and Inter-Disciplinary Research Projects.
  • Restoring Ireland’s natural carbon stores: the impact of restoration on Net Ecosystem CO2 Exchange from degraded peatlands
  • Co Designing an Inclusive Age Friendly Multi Campus University for the Future
  • Low complexity algorithm development for spectrum sensing in beyond 5G communications.
  • Inhibition of Cronobacter Pathogenicity Using Milk Powder-based Constituents
  • Alter-rurality: how cross-disciplinary collaborations between the visual arts and agricultural industries can help create a more sustainable future in a time of climate change.
  • Wired and Developing: The Role of Digital Interaction in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Passive Battery Thermal Management in Electric Vehicles using Fin Embedded Composite Phase Change Materials
  • An assessment of the mineral feeding practices on cattle and sheep farms in Ireland
  • Investigating a molecular communication tool to develop a sustainable plant health agent
  • Integrating into practice tools that systematically teach performance standards in postgraduate academic writing and support the closure of performance gaps
  • Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of selective suicide prevention approaches designed to promote increased help-seeking and help-offering behaviours in the construction sector in Ireland.
  • Body Composition and Anthropometric Profiles of Elite Female Athletes
  • Making the smart grid more robust
  • The effect of an after school, games based, physical activity programme on musculoskeletal function and physical literacy in Irish primary school children.
  • Use of AI and Biomechanics analysis to create a Hurling training program in Ireland
  • Identifying and quantifying limitations to oat yield under Irish conditions (QUIC Oats)
  • Modelling and Development of Cold Spray for Additive Manufacturing (CSAM) with non-conventional nozzles

For further information, please contact the individual PIs for queries relating to projects (contact emails in abstract descriptors).  For other general queries relating to the scholarship and for application forms and for details of the application process please email Dr Brian Jackson, Head of Postgraduate Studies (

Application Form

To apply, please complete the initial application form and send it (with any additional attachments) to SERD.APPLICATIONS@ITCARLOW.IE on or before 5 April 2021.