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					                   Government of Ireland
              Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
                      www.ircset.ie
        Irish Research Council for the Science,
        Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)

                            Dr Huw Lewis
                      Dean, Graduate School
                                  &
                            Michael Frain
                   Administrator, Graduate School,
                          Where to find us:
                    Level 2, Foundation Building
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IRCSET (“The Research Council”)
 IRCSET established by Dept Education & Science
       first awards in 2002


 Goal: Provide support for researchers & implement
       new & improved schemes for postgraduate scholars,
       postdoctoral fellows & research projects


 Funding: National Dev Plan, 2007-14
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Council Actions
    Progress to date reflects demand
           Over 1500 postgraduate scholarship to date
            plus Postdoctoral fellows
            plus basic research grants


     See www.ircset.ie for list of research abstracts


    Previously two calls per Annum Jan/Feb and July/Aug, but
        since 2010 ONE CALL ONLY
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PhDs in Ireland & Market Demand
  In contrast to neighbours, Ireland has fewer PhDs than is
       required in the context of the knowledge economy

   Seeking to move from expenditure of 1.3% of GDP to approx
       3% of GDP on R&D

   Significant response from students to a limited number of
       scholarships

   IRCSET now supports approx 33% of all ongoing PhDs on a
       student-led basis


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   Masters/PhD Careers: not all academic




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 IRCSET Postgraduate Scheme

      Areas to be funded include: chemistry, computer science,
       earth/environmental sciences, micro/macro biology, molecular
       biology/ biotechnology, engineering, maths, physics, sports
       science, other

      2010: scholarships 154 with Approx 20-25
       Enterprise/Industrial awards for MSc: 1 year; PhD: 1-3 years

      2009: scholarships 186 with Approx 20-25
       Enterprise/Industrial awards for MSc: 1 year; PhD: 1-3 years

      2008: scholarships 225 with Approx 25-30
       Enterprise/Industrial awards for MSc: 1 year; PhD: 1-3 years


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 IRCSET Postgraduate Scheme
      Pre-call announcement in mid Dec 2010 provides the likely
       information required for 2011

      In 2011 One competition closing February/Mar 2011

      Hopefully you have:
         Contacted a prospective supervisors
         Read the documentation for 2010
         Brief your supervisor / referees on what is expected of
          them

      Please RTM: there may be subtle changes in the 2011
       application process from previous years, however the broad
       questions asked of applicants, supervisors and referees will
       remain the same

      No second call in June

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IRCSET Comp Awards 2005-10
                    60
                    55
                    50
                    45
                    40
                    35
                    30
                    25
                    20
                    15
                    10
                     5
                     0
                          UCD   UCC   NUIG       TCD     NUIM   DCU   UL
                   2005   34    25     35         35      15    24    30
                   2006   29    42     21         37      16    20    26
                   2007   35    34     26         55      11    22    36
                   2008   44    30     30         46      12    21    31
16 October, 2011   2009   31    31     23          40
                                       Graduate School    17    16    17   8
                   2010   25    32     21         29      4     13    18
UL Success Rate
   Since the scheme commenced in 2003
         UL is 4th most successful


   Average number of awards to UL
           since 2003: approx 23/24 scholarships per annum


   Success rate:
         approximately 22% of UL applicants have been
          funded per annum

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Buzz Words
Personal Statement should mention
 Structured PhD
         Discipline Specific Modules
         Generic and Transferable Skills


   Personal Development Planning (PDP)
         Training needs analysis


   Demonstrated interest in Research

   This is a competition & not a time for modesty

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Postgraduate Scheme 2010

  Scholarship award:
      •maintenance grant of €16,000
      •Research costs, fees, travel & conferences (total
                   €24,000) for 3 years (1 at MSc & 3 at PhD level).
             • Portion for transferable skills training
   Scholars encouraged to participate in academic
        conferences/publish papers
   Scholarship paid to UL in quarterly instalments
        (Students paid on monthly basis)
   Review of progress: annual reports to IRCSET in May
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Terms and Conditions
       MUST read the terms and                   Applicants must be Irish
        conditions on the web page                 nationals or citizens/resident
                                                   in an EU state (check the
                                                   regulations)
       Full-time students undertaking
        research degrees for the first
        time 20010/11. Must                       A smaller number of awards to
        registered by October 2011                 exceptional non-EU applicants

       Students who have completed               Aimed at full-time EU/non -EU
        a Masters Degree by research               students who must reside in
        and wish to apply for PhD                  Ireland during the scholarship
        funding
                                                  Student may undertake up to
       Masters research students who              6 hours of work per week
        have transferred to a PhD are              related to research (check with
        not eligible                               Head of Dept; e.g.
                                                   demonstrating)


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Application Process
   (a) The on-line IRCSET application form
              Sign-up on IRCSET web site for a username and
              password

          
                       Deadline:
              Print a paper copy and prepare a paper draft
                    TBC February 2011
              BEFORE going electronic!

             All sections must be completed

             Authorised electronically by UL Graduate School:
              Michael Frain
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The Application Process
(b) The Project Description
       Work closely with your proposed supervisor(s) in developing your
        proposal

       It must be clearly written & referenced – address all headings –
        situate the work in the literature, explain your methodology, etc. If
        you will be a member of a research group – sell that point
        (YOU, Supervisor, Referees)

       Include a time plan – Gantt chart type info indicating what you will
        do in year 1, 2, & 3 (if PhD); reading, research & writing tasks

       Remember you need to make a solid case for funding, as IRCSET
        need to know that investing approx €75,000 will lead to a
        completed PhD
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 The Application Process
(c) Letter of Reference
       Must be two/three ACADEMIC references
          First, proposed main research supervisor



              Second, a reference from a professor, lecturer, research
               advisor or other senior figure in the research domain covered
               by your application.

              Third reference similar to the second reference

        The referees need to read your research proposal &
        comment on it, as well as knowing you & your work

       An average reference, lacking detail and enthusiasm WILL
        adversely affect your application
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How are you assessed?
   (a) Who are the assessors?
       Two independent experts (one Irish, one from
        outside the Irish system)

   (b) How are you assessed?
      Academic record & research preparedness linked
       to:
      Personal statement
      Refer to the ‘track record’ of research groups,
       centres, institute within you department
      Referee’s comments are vital


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How are you assessed?
(c)     Scoring System in the past has been:

       30%        Academic Record
       30%        Personal Statement
       30%        References
       10%        Project Description.

(d) Results

       Council Grading (A+, A, A-, B, C, etc.)
       Students contacted by email and/or letter from IRCSET
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Feedback from 2009
   From a total of 681 eligible applicants in the 1st Call –
    2009,

   Funding was available for 155 awards and some
    additional awards under the Enterprise Partnership
    Scheme.

   A grading system was used as an aid in the
    assessments as outlined in the documentation for the
    competition.

    The numbers of applications in each grade category
     were:
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Feedback from 2009
  Number of applications in each score                 Total Points:
              category:
                   2                                     95- 100
                  60                                      85-94
                 209                                      75-84
                 251                                      65-74
                 137                                      55-64
                  22                                    Below 55

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Feedback from 2009
   The lowest total score that was short-listed for funding from
    EU applicants in 2009 1st call was 78.5 points, the highest
    total score achieved was 95 points

   Grades allocated do not constitute a scientific measurement
    of the relative merits of individual candidates rather they
    should be seen as a reflection of the agreed position of the
    assessors after debating each application




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Enterprise Partnership Scheme
   There were two options to apply for Enterprise Partnership
    Scheme funding (postgraduate) in 2010.

   The option by which you apply is determined by whether you
    and your academic supervisor have had previous discussion with
    a specific enterprise partner.

Option 1:
 Postgraduate candidates, who have not had previous
  discussions with an enterprise partner but would like IRCSET to
  discuss aspects of their application with its current enterprise
  partners, with a view to co-funding, should apply through
  IRCSET's online application calls.

   Postgraduate candidates can apply through the ‘Embark
    Initiative’ application process which will be open between
    January 2011 – Feb 2011. Guidelines on how to apply are
    available at http://www.ircset.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=68.

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Enterprise Partnership Scheme
   Option 2:

   Candidates who (with their academic supervisor/mentor)
    have had previous discussions with an enterprise partner
    and wish to apply for an award with a specific partner
    may do so at different four times throughout 2010.

   Candidates intending to apply in this manner should read
    the guidelines (below) carefully before proceeding as
    strict criteria must be met before an application will be
    accepted.


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Enterprise Partnership Scheme
   Applications were accepted on four occasions
    only in 2010


   Enterprise Partnership Scheme Application
    Dates 2010

                  Last   week   of   January 2010.
                  Last   week   of   March 2010
                  Last   week   of   June 2010
                  Last   week   of   October 2010

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Finally

   Thank-You for listening

   Questions

   Good Luck

   Presentation on www.graduateschool.ul.ie,
    see useful links

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