Application Requirements

Applications Process

Click on the Apply Button to your right or  at the end. Complete the form to apply to the SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence.

To complete the application you will need to provide responses to the questions on the form, and at the end provide your documents in PDF format.

What we need: 

  • Your cover letter (max 3 pages);
  • Your full CV; a career statement along with a justification of why you wish to do a PhD (max 3 pages);
  • Supporting documentation for your application.

Basic eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants should hold at least a 2.1 honours undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, or a closely related area.
  • Non-native English speakers are required to hold an IELTS certificate demonstrating at least a score of 6.5 overall with a score of not less than 6 in all parts.


Each student who is admitted to this programme will receive a full scholarship to undertake a four year structured PhD programme.

This scholarship comprises full payment of university fees for four years and a monthly tax-free stipend of €1,583.33 * per month for four years. In addition, a budget for equipment, travel, and training is provided.

*19,000 per annum (2022) stipend currently under review by the Irish government see announcement in below link:



We will be reviewing applications every two weeks, starting from February 2023. The application process will remain open with subsequent rounds of applications being reviewed fortnightly after that date until all places are filled). We expect that there will be high-demand for these funded scholarships, so please don’t delay in submitting your application if you are interested in participating.



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