PhD Scholarship in Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance Project

The Faculty of Education and Health Sciences is sponsoring PhD research scholarships to be associated with the Health Research Institute (HRI) and the National Institute for Studies in Education (NISE).  Six scholarships will be available for 2018/19 registration.  The scholarships are for new PT or FT entrants and will cover fees and an annual pro rata stipend of €10000. The successful candidate and their supervisory team will be expected to participate in scholarly activities related to the relevant Institute.

Applications are welcomed for the following project which is associated with the HRI:

Project: Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance Project: Monitoring and Prevention of Injury in Schools and Women’s’ Rugby Union

The Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance (IRIS) project was set up in 2016 to monitor the incidence, nature and severity of injuries in the domestic amateur game in Ireland. An IRISweb surveillance system has been developed and since 2017 has tracked 600+ adult players from the domestic club game. This PhD will involve the expansion of the current project to monitor injuries in both the school setting and the women’s domestic game in Ireland. The PhD aims to collect and track injury patterns in these cohorts and to identify possible injury casual factors and prevention strategies. The ultimate aim then is to enhance the health and welfare of Rugby players across the domestic game in Ireland by providing information on injury patterns that can impact on IRFU policy regarding injury prevention measures.

Candidates both EU and non-EU are encouraged to engage with the primary supervisor: Dr Tom Comyns ( in advance of submitting an application to discuss the project in more detail and candidate’s subject expertise.

In order to be eligible for the PhD scholarship, you should fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • First class undergraduate or master’s degree in relevant discipline from a recognised higher education institution.
  • Not yet registered for PhD elsewhere.

It is expected that interview dates for successful applications will be held sometime between 2nd to 13th of July.

Applications can be completed by clicking the link here by Thursday 21st of June at 5pm. Please upload your CV to the system.

For a full list of the four NISE projects and eight HRI projects, see here 

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