2 Fulbright/RCSI PhD Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length12 Months
Specialized Grant Types
- Science/Public Health
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is an innovative, pioneering international health sciences education and research institution dedicated toward breakthroughs and service of excellence in human health. It has been the practice in the past both for the RCSI and Fulbright to develop linkages with other entities, both public and private, foreign and domestic, in order to advance their objectives. RCSI and Fulbright share common and fundamental interests in the advancement of research, the dissemination of knowledge, and the promotion of social and cultural development.
The purpose of this grant is to enable US citizens who are resident in the US to complete a fully funded PhD at RCSI over a period of 4 years. Prospective fellows interested in these PhD awards should review the RCSI StAR PhD Programme brochure to identify the potential studies for their PhD: https://www.rcsi.com/dublin/research-and-innovation/research-careers/star-programme/star-phd
The StAR PhD programme aims to attract high-achieving international students to an efficient four-year structured, fully funded PhD training programme at RCSI.
The programme aims to encourage scientists to develop innovative research projects in one of RCSI’s areas of research strength, including but not limited to:
- Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
- Population Health and Health Services
- Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
- Surgical Science and Practice
- Vascular Biology
Two grants are expected be awarded in 2024-2025. However, the PhD tuition funding will last for all four years of the PhD programme.
The minimum programme duration is for 48 months (this is the time required to be registered in order to fulfil the submission criteria for the award of PhD). The Fulbright award part thereof is for 12 months, with RCSI providing fee waivers and funding for the additional 3 years of the 4 year programmme.
Must be holders of an honours bachelor degree, grade 2.1 or above, or a Master’s degree from a Recognised College in a relevant discipline. Applicants may use the GPA calculator to determine equivalency.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select the specific award you are applying for from the drop down menu.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required at deadline
Applicants will need to apply for admission to their school of choice in RCSI.
The maximum value of the award will be €170,400 over a maximum of four years.
How to Apply
Firstly, you must identify a potential RCSI supervisor, to help you with this please click here to look at the research areas and supervisors. Once you identify a supervisor, you need contact them directly to see if they are willing to support the project and application. If the RCSI supervisor aggress to be involved with your project and supports your application, the supervisor must send a copy of your CV and the letter of support to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once approved, you will be issued with a letter of support that you will be required to upload to the Letter of Affiliation section before submitting the official application via Fulbright website.