Lane Doctoral Scholarships In Theology

Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin

A College of Dublin City University

Lane Doctoral Scholarships In Theology

The Scholarships

The School of Theology at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin, is pleased to announce two PhD Scholarships in Theology, to commence in October 2013. These scholarships are funded by the Mater Dei Educational and Research Trust to honour the longstanding contribution of Dr. Dermot A. Lane to Mater Dei Institute and to the field of Theology, and to mark his retirement as President of the Institute.

The scholarships will be awarded through a competitive process and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. The academic requirements for these scholarships are a good first degree (at least, Second Class Honours, Grade I, or its equivalent) in Theology or a related discipline and a Masters Degree in Theology (at least, Second Class Honours, Grade I, or its equivalent).

Each scholarship is valued at €51,000 in total. Recipients, as registered full-time research students of the Institute, will receive €17,000 per annum for three years, covering fees annually (approximately €6,300) with the remaining monies as a bursary (up to approximately €10,700 per year). This arrangement extends to both EU and non-EU students. Recipients will be required to be resident in Ireland for the duration of the scholarship and maintain an actual presence in Mater Dei Institute, with the exception of approved periods of training or research at other institutions in Ireland or elsewhere. Please note that the Lane Doctoral Scholarships are not open to existing research students, only to new applicants.

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Scholarship Application Procedure

Applicants are encouraged to examine the research profiles of academic staff of the MDI School of Theology to see the relationship of their proposed research project to existing research in the school (see staffcontactdetailsandprofiles1).

Applications must include:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. A detailed proposal of the research project for which the Scholarship is sought. This proposal (approximately 2,000 words) should include:
    1. A statement of the research topic and its central questions
    2. Evidence that the research is of academic and scholarly significance, including the location of the proposed project within the current state of research and bibliography in the area
    3. An outline of the methodology
    4. A research plan indicating how the project will develop over the three years
  3. Two academic references
  4. Copies of any published work or conference presentations
  5. Certified copies (no originals, please) of official transcripts of results for all qualifications listed. Transcripts in languages other than English should be accompanied by a translation into English, together with a copy of the original certificate indicating the award. All translations must be by a professional translator and certified as such.

Closing Date: September 6th 2013 (5.00pm)

Applications should be submitted in hard copy to the following address:

Lane Doctoral Scholarships

School of Theology

Mater Dei Institute of Education

Clonliffe Road

Dublin 3



Interviews will be held during the week beginning September 16th. The awarding of the Scholarships will be conditional on the research proposal being accepted by the MDI Research Committee and continuance on Scholarship will be dependent on successful annual progression reports.The Institute is not in a position to provide funding related to travel and subsistence for attendance at interviews.

Academic Enquiries may be addressed to:

Dr. Ethna Regan,

Head of School of Theology

Tel: (+353) 01 808 6537.
E-mail:, via the ‘Apply’ button below.

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