Application for DAERA Postgraduate Studentship 2024

Closed 20 Feb 2024

Opened 8 Dec 2023


This application is for financial assistance towards a 3 year postgraduate research study leading to a PhD qualification, commencing in the academic year 2024/25. Research proposals must meet your selected DAERA Research Need for 2024.  Please refer to the DAERA Postgraduate Studentships Terms and Conditions 2024/25 before completing this form.

This form CANNOT be completed on an ipad or phone.

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  • All information will be treated in the strictest confidence and in compliance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UKGDPR) and Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018. Our Privacy Notice is contained within our Terms and Conditions 2024/25. 
  • Any person wilfully making a false statement in support of this application may be disqualified.
  • It is mandatory to complete questions that state 'required' or the system will not permit you to proceed.
  • Some questions have a character limit.
  • If you would like to save and edit the application later, then click 'Save and Come Back Later'.  By providing your e-mail address you will receive a weblink to your application.  This provides access to view and edit all your existing answers until you submit your completed application.  You will need to share this weblink with your supervisor so they can complete part of Section H.
  • Once you have completed your application please click 'Finish' on the content page. This leads to the 'Almost done' page where you must click 'Submit Response'.
  • After you click 'Submit' you will no longer be able to go back and change any of your answers.
  • You MUST 'submit' your application by 23:59 on Tuesday 20 February 2024. 
  • You must inform us of any change in the information provided on this form, without delay.
  • If you have any queries about completing this form please contact us.
  • Only one application is permitted per applicant.

Reasonable adjustment

Please contact us if you require any reasonable adjustments due to disability, to enable you to complete the application process. Details of any disability are only used for this purpose and do not form any part of the selection process.

The application period will close at 23:59 on Tuesday 20 February 2024.

Late applications will NOT be accepted.

What happens next


Candidates invited to interview will be informed of the date and time of interview in writing by e-mail. If you are invited to interview we will require your original birth/adoption certificate or valid passport.

Offer of Studentship

The Department will send offers of Studentships to successful candidates and notify unsuccessful candidates.

Acceptance of Studentship

Candidates who are offered Studentships must either decline or accept the offer and return the required information within 10 working days of the Letter of Offer. Failure to do so may result in the Studentship being offered to another candidate. The following is required ONLY if you receive a Letter of Offer:

  • recent passport size photograph,
  • degree certificate (s) - graduates. Final year students to provide once received.
  • Previous or Current Postgraduate Studies documentation to verify you have completed a course (if applicable).


  • References

    From 8 Dec 2023 at 09:00 to 29 Feb 2024 at 16:00

    (a) Academic - from primary degree institution
    (b) Head of Department - from proposed university / centre of postgraduate study
    (c) Head of Branch at proposed study centre (if applicable)
    Further information available in the Terms and Conditions.

  • Criteria Based Interviews

    From 25 Mar 2024 at 09:00 to 27 Mar 2024 at 17:00

    Held on 25 - 27 March 2024 in Clare House, 303 Airport Road West, Belfast BT3 9ED. Candidates invited to interview will be informed of the date and time of interview in writing by e-mail.


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