FAQ

CRAIG DOBBIN LEGACY SCHOLARSHPS FAQ:

How can I contact you with an enquiry? 

Enquiries should be submitted by email to scholarships@icuf.ie, or via the contact page.  However, in advance of submitting an email enquiry, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below – at busy times, enquiries which are not covered by these will be prioritised.  Due to the volume of enquiries, and the scaled down nature of administration, we are unable to deal with telephone enquiries. 

 

What is the closing date for applications which will include references?   

Please refer to the HOW TO APPLY page for information on closing date.  

 

If my application was successful and awarded a scholarship, when must my travel be completed by? 

If successful and awarded a scholarship, travel must be completed by December 2025. 

 

I will be on sabbatical and would like to pursue the possibility of developing collaboration with colleagues in Canada / Ireland.   Would I be eligible for a Craig Dobbin Legacy Programme Scholarship? 

Yes, you would be eligible. 

 

Is there a minimum qualification level for applicants?  

 It is a requirement that applicants have at minimum a Masters degree. 

 

Is the Craig Dobbin Legacy Programme Scholarship limited to any particular academic area?  

Applications are welcomed from all academic disciplines, however to be considered for awards, proposals should align with one of the research themes of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities.  These are; 

  • Digital Cultures 
  • Engaged Creativity 
  • Environmental Humanities 
  • Health, Medicine & Wellbeing 
  • Ireland in the World 
  • Thresholds of Knowledge 
  • Transnationalising the Humanities 
  • Violence & Society

 Further details of these themes can be found here. 

 

Is the Craig Dobbin Legacy Programme Scholarship open to people of any age? 

Applications are encouraged from all persons regardless of age. 

 

I am an Irish citizen living in Canada for the past 3 years.  Can I apply for an award to travel to Ireland? 

No.  Applicants must have been living in the country from which they are applying for three of the past five years at the time of application AND are a national / permanent resident of that country (for further details, please see question relating to ‘permanent residency’ below). 

 

I am not resident in either Ireland or Canada but wish to apply for the Scholarship in Ireland / Canada.  Am I eligible?

These awards were established specifically to encourage and support academic links between Canada and Ireland, and as such, the awards are only made available to residents of both countries.

 

I have received a Dobbin Scholarship / Flaherty Research Scholarship in the past.  Can I apply? 

Regrettably, no.  It is the objective of ICUF to extend scholarships to as large a cohort as can be achieved, and for this reason, previous recipients of Dobbin and Flaherty Research scholarships are not eligible.  

 

Can I apply if I am from a university in Northern Ireland? 

Yes, you can apply.  The term ‘Ireland’ refers to the entirety of the island of Ireland. 

 

Can I apply from Canada to visit a university in Northern Ireland?  

For the Craig Dobbin Legacy Programme, applicants from Canada may only apply to conduct their research in University College Dublin (UCD). 

 

Can you tell me about the permanent residency requirement? 

A core goal of this scholarship programme is to contribute to the development of academic links between Canada and Ireland, with a view to further enriching and strengthening academic and cultural relations between both countries into the future. 

As such, ICUF awards are made available to individuals who are in a position to potentially contribute to achieving this long-term goal, and accordingly applications are requested from those who; 

  • have been ordinarily resident in the country from which they are applying for three of the past five years at the time of application, AND, 
  • are national / permanent resident of that country. Please note, EU / EEU nationals are eligible to apply in Ireland, provided they have been living in Ireland for three of the past five years at the time of application. 

Please note – the Foundation may request documented evidence of an applicant’s nationality and residence. 

Thus, a Canadian / Irish citizen who is resident in (for example) Germany, is not eligible to apply. A person from (for example) France who has been studying in Canada for five years on a student visa is not eligible to apply, unless s/he has received Permanent Residence in that country. 

However, a person from any country, regardless of nationality, who has Permanent Residence in either Ireland or Canada is eligible to apply in that country, provided they have lived in that country for three of the past five years. As outlined above, citizens of EU / EEU countries can apply in Ireland, provided they have lived in Ireland for three of the past five years at the time of application. 

Information on permanent residency in Ireland can be found here. 

Information on permanent residency in Canada can be found here.