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PhD Studentship in EU Migration Law

The School of Law and Government at Dublin City University invites applications for its four-year fully funded PhD programme, starting in September 2024. Outstanding PhD candidates will be offered fee waiver and a tax-free scholarship of €22,000 per annum for four years. All applicants (including international applicants) will be automatically considered for the funded studentship.

The School of Law and Government is a research active school with world-class faculty willing to supervise PhD students on topics in their areas of research. DCU regularly ranks among the top “100 under 50” universities as per Times Higher Education and hosts various research centres. The School is committed to embedding a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion, and to that end welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We invite applicants for PhD research in EU Migration Law. Innovative proposals addressing a rather unexplored dimension of EU Migration law and policy will be looked favourably. Applications are particularly welcome from applicants whose research interests are in the following sub-fields of research: the use of Artificial Intelligence for migration management, fundamental rights and non-discrimination, and the externalisation of border control.

The selected PhD candidate will be jointly supervised by: Prof. Federico Fabbrini and Dr Janine Silga.

The School operates a full-time structured four-year PhD programme with a range of taught courses in the first year and further professional training offered in other years. The programme combines the rigour and professionalism of the largely taught US approach with the independence and imagination of the traditional European supervisory programme, and it is designed to prepare its students to conduct cutting-edge research and pursue successful academic careers. As well as a tax-free stipend, we may support our students with limited funding for conference and research travel. The School also gives its PhD students opportunities to contribute to teaching.

Prospective applicants can find additional information about doing a PhD in DCU at the faculty page here

How to apply

The deadline for application is 8th May 2024 by 5pm GMT. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants should send 1) a full CV with contact details for 2 referees, 2) the grades/full transcripts achieved in Masters degree with copies of transcripts, 3) a research proposal (c. 2-3,000 words) to: by Wednesday 8th May 2024 17:00 GMT. Applications that do not include all required information (1 to 3 above) will not be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email. Candidates are not required to apply formally through the university system at this stage; they will first be assessed internally by the school panel.

We intend to shortlist and interview selected candidates either in person or online in late May. Successful candidates then will be required to apply formally to be admitted as PhD students and may also need to show proficiency in the English language. Successful candidates will begin their studies in September 2024 and are expected to be resident in Dublin for the duration of the programme.