socialCORE has a strong track record in MA research. Our current and past students, many of whom have been funded under IT Carlow’s President’s Fellowship Award, have undertaken a diverse range of projects each of which respond to and deepen our knowledge of critical issues within social care, early childhood education, youth work and allied fields.
- Current Postgraduate Research Projects
- Previous Research Projects
- Postgraduate Research Funding
- Postgraduate Opportunities
Thomas Fortune: The Experiences of Young Care Leavers
John Walsh (with healthCORE): ‘Getting to the Heart of Farmers’ Health
Muireann Ranta: socialCORE postgraduate student, Muireann Ranta, shares the significance of her child rights-based research that explores young children’s own perspectives and lived experiences of Nature under Article 29 1(e) of the UNCRC.’
Caroline Dunne: Perceptions of Formal Supervision in Social Care Services (2016)
Laura Dunne: ‘Seen and Heard’: An exploration of Early Years Educators’ Perceptions of Young Children’s Participation Rights in the Early Childhood Education and Care Curriculum, using Síolta Standard 1: ‘Rights of the Child’ (2016)
If you are interested in undertaking research with socialCORE as a postgraduate student check out our current opportunities section where you will find details on IT Carlow’s President’s Fellowship awards. For examples of current and past socialCORE projects funded under this award scheme, visit current postgraduate research projects.
The Irish Research Council (IRC) has a number of postgraduate scholarships suitable for high calibre graduates interested in pursuing a career in research. Schemes include the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, the Enterprise Partnership Scheme and the Employment Based Programme. More information about these schemes can be found on the IRC website. socialCORE researchers can support you in developing your application.
President’s Research Fellowship Programme
IT Carlow established the President’s Research Fellowship Programme in order to enable and promote academic excellence. The programme supports new researchers seeking to work on exciting and challenging projects in a dynamic research environment under the committed and skilful supervision of established researchers.
Research projects are typically advertised during the second term of each academic year. Please check this page regularly or get in touch with the socialCORE director if you are interested in applying.
The 2-year Fellowship for a Masters by Research provides the following benefits (total for 2 years’ study)
- Payment of tuition, capitation and examination fees valued at up to €10,000
- A total stipend of €10,000 (paid in quarterly instalments)
- An allowance for necessary materials / consumables associated with the project (amount set and varies with discipline area)
- An allowance of €1,000 for travel associated with conferences / dissemination of research outputs)
- Access to Postgraduate Conference support of up to €1500
- Dedicated research space and facilities
The Fellowships will be of interest to the highest quality candidates and those eligible for funding as President’s Fellows will have a first-class or a 2.1 honours degree.
Students will also be expected to undertake two hours teaching per week. This will typically be to a first or second year class group. They will be supported by their supervisors/relevant module leader in this and are expected to undertake the 10-credit Level 9 module in Teaching and Learning to facilitate the development of their teaching skills.
Students are also expected to undertake other structured modules in research methods and analysis and project management, in order to build their research skills. Students will receive credit for these modules.
Approved Fellowships will be advertised on the IT Carlow website, social media and other relevant channels. The filling of the Fellowship positions will be subject to open competition. The interview board will include supervisor(s), Head of Department / Head of Faculty, socialCORE director or member and Development Department representation. Candidates may be required at interview to do a presentation demonstrating their aptitude for facilitating a class group.
Receipt of the Fellowship will be conditional on successful registration with IT Carlow and QQI for a Master’s Degree by Research.