State supports for PhD researchers


In the context of Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy , the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris announced a national review of State supports for PhD researchers. The scope of the review includes:

  • current PhD researcher supports including financial supports (stipends, SUSI supports and others)
  • the adequacy, consistency and equity of current arrangements across research funders and higher education institutions, including equity and welfare considerations
  • the status of PhD researchers (student, employee) including a review of international comparators and models
  • the impact on the funding of research programmes of any adjustments to current supports
  • graduate outcomes for PhD graduates including return on investment/benefits to the researcher
  • visa requirements and duration for non-EU students

The consultation will be open until 10am on Monday, 13 March 2023 . Any submissions received after this date may not be considered and early engagement is encouraged.

To make a submission, please read the consultation document at the end of this page and follow the steps provided in the document.

Find out more information here.