University College Dublin | An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland | Director: Professor Liam Kennedy

Global Irish Civic Forum
June 2015

Prospective Students

    President Clinton addresses the Institute Sept 2010

PhD Programme at UCD Clinton Institute 


UCD Clinton Institute PhD Scholarship

The UCD Clinton Institute is offering a fees only scholarship for up to 4 years to a research student who wishes to pursue a PhD at the Institute in one of the following research areas:


In order to be considered for this scholarship the applicant must have submitted a PhD application to the UCD Clinton Institute via (more details below).

Once applicants have submitted their online application they should then contact Catherine Carey ( and inform her their application has been submitted online and include with their email a 500 word personal statement on their professional goals and reason for pursuing a PhD programme at the Clinton Institute.

Closing date for the scholarship applications is 1st March 2016 and students should be ready to commence their studies in September 2016.

Please note: The scholarship covers fees only, it does not cover accommodation or living expenses.


PhD Programme at UCD Clinton Institute 

The PhD programme is a three to four year programme of independent but supervised research.

Prior to making an application - You should contact and discuss a possible proposal with a member of the academic staff. If you are unsure as to who to contact, contact the Institute office (  The key purpose of contacting your potential supervisor is to satisfy yourself, as the supervisor must also be satisfied, that you can work with each other toward the completion of your studies.



Applicants for PhD programmes are normally required to have completed an MA degree (1st or 2nd class, GPA 3.10 or higher).   If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7.0 is required with no section being less than 6.5

Applications from students without evidence of a completed postgraduate degree (e.g. a relevant MA) may be considered in exceptional circumstances.


Your online application ( will require the following documents

  1. A 2,500 word research proposal - the proposal should provide a provisional title for the thesis, explain the central idea, question, or problem you wish to research and justify the choice material you intend to study.  You should also give an indication of how you expect your research to contribute to knowledge on your choice topic and in wider fields of study.  You should explain what methodologies will be used in the course of your research.
  2. A provisional bibliography of major scholarly publications in the subject you wish to research - the bibliography should provide a comprehensive list of the major publications on the topic you wish to research, or in the general area of your research.  This should indicate that you have conducted a preliminary survey of existing research, and understand how your research might build upon existing research and scholarship.
  3. A proposed schedule - your schedule should outline how you intend to complete your research and thesis within three to four years.  This might be divided into years or semesters.  You should therefore think about what you would like to achieve in each semester or year of study.
  4. Academic transcripts 
  5. Two academic references
  6. IELTS certificate if applicable

Please specify whether you wish to apply for a January, May or September (the scholarship only applies to a September 2016 start date) 

For more information on the structure of the PhD programme at University College Dublin visit here 

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PhD Students & Research


Benjamin MIller


Academic Qualifications


B.A. English & Psychology, University of Connecticut (2010

M.A. American Literature, University College Dublin (2011);  Thesis: “From New York to Interzone: A Case Study of William S. Burroughs as American Expatriate Writer”


Dissertation Working Title

“Expatriatism in the Age of Globalization: A Literary Narrative of the Transnational in Contemporary American Culture”


Research Aims

In the canon of American literature, the expatriate tradition chronicles the writings of hallmark authors such as Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, and Paul Bowles among others whose migrations led to the establishment of writers’ colonies in various international sites across, primarily, Europe and North Africa. With the advent of mass international movement in a decolonised post-WWII world, however, traditional expatriatism became fundamentally obsolete within the context of globalisation. This research seeks to articulate this redefining of expatriatism and the various permutations of transnationality in contemporary American culture. Examining the transnational author and themes reveals the persistent return to international dislocation as a vehicle in which to challenge and redefine notions of the self – political, social, cultural, and racial identities. Starting with the post-WWII/ pre-Cold War context and the consolidation of US neoimperial foreign power, this dissertation will cover key moments in the American political and social narrative, including chapters on the 60s Civil Rights Movement and Black Power, Multiculturalism and the hyphenated identity, and concluding with the most contemporary theorisations of Transnationalism and Diaspora. This structure locates and organises the contemporary expatriate at the site of imperialism and its parallel perspectives – from writing America at the colonial periphery, to writing the colonial periphery from America.



Matthew Wall


Academic Qualifications:

B.A. in English (Hon.), University of Missouri-Columbia (2008)

B.A. in International Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia (2008)

 M.A. in Conflict Resolution, Georgetown University (2010)

Nominee for U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship (2010)

 Dissertation Title:

Digital Identity and American Exceptionalism: Video Games and Culture in Post 9/11 America



The intersection of digital media and identity, specifically within the medium of video games, represents a unique and complex window into American culture in the 21st century. This new medium suggests new complications into the construction and transmission of the American worldview, as literally inhabiting the hero within a digital space changes the way these shared stories are communicated. This research project seeks to answer the question as to whether or not new forms of media such as video games have succeeded in digitizing national identity and, if so, what role do emerging forms of interactive media play in the formation, and communication of American worldview in the post-9/11 world, and what does that worldview suggest about the American context as a whole.



         Mahdi Bahmani


Academic Qualifications

B.A. in Islamic Studies and Political Science, Imam Sadiq University

M.A. in Islamic Studies and International Relations, Imam Sadiq University, Thesis: "The Political and Social Situation of Iraqi Shia (1990-2006)"

Dissertation Working Title

"Diaspora Strategic Leadership: US-based Iraqis and US Politics towards Iraq"



This thesis examines Iraqi diaspora in terms of its leadership and in the context of US-Iraqi relations from 1990 to the present.  The aim of this research is to explain those dynamics and processes by which the diaspora and the US government have established strategic engagements and have pursued convergent and/or divergent strategies and politics.  I take two complementary analytical approaches in this research to achieve the aim.  The first pays attention to the nature and history of the diaspora and the way in which they have shaped its leadership while the second approach focuses on the engagement between the community and the US governmnet and the impacts of those partnerships on the diaspora leadership.