PhD Studentship - Mental Health and Mindfulness: Professionals and the Populations They Serve

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Ireland,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Mar 2023

University College Dublin PhD in Social Work Scholarship Opportunity

The UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice aims to provide one student with outstanding potential and a strong desire to undertake a full-time PhD programme the opportunity to work within the area of mental health with the support of an excellent supervisor. This scholarship provides full tuition fees and a stipend over the course of the UCD four-year structured PhD programme and will be based at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. University College Dublin is Ireland’s global university which is a world-leading centre for education and research in the social sciences and related disciplines. We invite applications for this PhD scholarship, starting September 2023. On completion of the PhD, the successful candidate will earn a PhD in Social Work from University College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr. Alan Maddock.


Successful candidates will receive the following financial support for 4 years:

  • Full funding for tuition fees.
  • A stipend of €18,000 per annum to assist with living expenses.
  • Research fund of €4,000 per year.
  • A programme of training opportunities and events delivered by the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law.

Am I eligible?

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applications are accepted from candidates from Ireland, the EU and worldwide.
  • An academic background in Social Sciences or cognate disciplines.
  • Candidates should have achieved a minimum 2.1 honours or international equivalent in a Masters degree cognate to the proposed thesis topic.
  • A PhD research proposal that examines Mental health and Mindfulness: Professionals and the Populations they serve.
  • UCD is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Learn more:

How to apply

The PhD has a commencement date in September 2023. The application must be submitted via email to  no later than March 31, 2023, 23:59 Irish Time, and must include:

  • Proof of English proficiency (6.5 IELTS minimum).
  • Diploma and Transcripts of academic records (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • CV.
  • Research proposal (3,000 words maximum, not including references, See guidelines HERE ).
  • Personal Statement (1,000 words).
  • Letters of recommendation (Two).

Applicants will be shortlisted and then interviewed by an authorized appointment committee.

Find out more

For more information about the structure of the PhD programme in Social Work please consult the School website:

About the School

The School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice is part of the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law and operates a Structured PhD programme. This programme has proven to be highly successful and enables our PhD candidates to gain the best possible experience of graduate research and training.

About the lead investigator

Dr. Alan Maddock is an Assistant Professor/Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. Alan is a professionally qualified social worker who worked for a number of years as a mental health social worker with persons experiencing homelessness, and subsequently as youth mental health social worker in a primary care setting. Alan has a PhD in Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin. His research expertise spans the topics of Mental health and Mindfulness: Professionals and the Populations they serve based on research undertaken in Cambodia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. His latest publications can be found here: Alan Maddock Publications | University College Dublin (

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