Doctoral Scholarship Scheme

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Doctoral Scholarship Scheme was launched in June 2001 as part of the call for proposals under Phase 2 of the Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation (ERTDI) Programme 2000-2006 to provide scholarships to encourage graduates to undertake research in environmentally relevant sectors. This scheme will continue to build research capacity in Ireland under the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme 2007-2013 Programme.

The objectives of the scholarship scheme are to:

  • Encourage training and professional development of scientists in environmental research
  • Support high quality, novel and innovative research in environmental science and related disciplines
  • Provide the research personnel needed to sustain environmental research and development in Ireland
  • Disseminate the results of ongoing Irish environmental research at an international level.

Proposals for doctoral scholarships are invited periodically through advertised calls. The scheme is open to all full-time and contract academic researchers employed by third level colleges in Ireland who will act as project supervisors. 

To date,  the EPA has funded 154 doctoral scholarships. You can view the abstracts  of the scholarhsips which have been completed.

Find out more about the Doctoral Scholarships funded by the EPA

Year Scheme Thematic Areas
2001 Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, I Open call
 2002 Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, II Open call
2003 Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, III Environment and Health, Environmental Economics, Biodiversity
2004 Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, IV Environment and health, Environmental economics, Urban environment, Remote sensing for environmental assessment
2005 Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, V

Acidification, Biodiversity, Environment and Health, Geographic Information Systems for environmental assessment, Socio-Policy interactions with the environment, Soils

2006 Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, VI

Emissions to air and their impacts, Risk Communication and Assessment, Soils and the environment, Environmental Technologies – Nanotechnologies, Green Chemistry

2007 Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, VII  Biodiversity, Environmental Technologies, Environment & Health, Sustainable Development, Soils 
2008  Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, VIII  Air Quality, Climate Change, Environment & Health, Water Quality, Waste & Resource Management

Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, IX

 Novel Techniques for Environmental Protection, Green Chemistry, Monitoring & Modelling for Environmental Compliance, Sustainable Development and the Smart Economy

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Download the Terms and Conditions for STRIVE Doctoral Scholarships

More Information

For more information on the Doctoral Scholarships Schemes, please contact Sandra Kavanagh (

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