For PhD (Home Economics) Part-time Studies 2021-2022

The National Centre of Excellence for Home Economics, St. Angela’s College Sligo invites applications for the Kappeler Bursary for PhD studies in Home Economics (part-time). This bursary will cover fees for part-time PhD (Home Economics) study (up to a maximum of 6 years) and is open to applicants who register in Year 1 of the PhD (Home Economics) studies in the School of Home Economics, St. Angela’s College in September 2021.

Veroni Kappeler was a Swiss Home Economist, passionate about the development of the discipline Home Economics, who bequeathed in her will a philanthropic donation to St. Angela’s College designated for the advancement of the field. This bursary which will support the successful applicants to completion of a structured PhD (Home Economics) is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Frau Kappeler.  

The School of Home Economics has a proud tradition of providing world-renowned education in Home Economics over the past 70 years. The School has an established track record and is a recognised leader nationally and internationally in the field of Home Economics. Graduates of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes bear testament to the high standard of professionalism aspired to by the School and are employed in a variety of settings and locations. The National Centre of Excellence for Home Economics, St. Angela’s College Sligo is committed to educating learners to be morally and ethically responsible leaders, who think critically, act wisely and work skilfully with the entreaty to “make a difference”. The successful applicants of the Kappeler Bursary for PhD studies in Home Economics will work with and be supported by Home Economics academic experts in the School of Home Economics throughout their studies.

The Bursary

The Bursary will cover full payment of part-time (EU Fees only) PhD Home Economics (up to a maximum of six years). The EU Fee** total (incl levies) is currently set at €5,250 for the academic year 2021/22. Up to two bursaries may be offered based on the applications received.

**If you are liable for Non-EU fees please refer to our fees section for full details; however, please note the Bursary will only cover the payment of EU Fees, the student will be required to supplement these if they are eligible for Non-EU fees.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate Level 8 degree in Home Economics with first or second-class honours, grade one, and wish to pursue their studies to Doctoral level in Home Economics. Applicants may also hold a Level 9 qualifcation.
  • Applicants must have discussed the proposed area of research with the Head of School of Home Economics.
  • Successful applicants must register with the School of Home Economics, St. Angela’s College, Sligo as a Year 1 PhD (Home Economics) student (part-time) for the academic session 2021/2022.
  • This bursary will be paid at EU fees rate only.  
  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall test score of minumum 6.5 in the IELTS Academic Test is required for direct entry.

Initial Enquiries

Step 1. Please contact the Head of School of Home Economics by email ( ) to discuss and for guidance on your proposed area of research within Home Economics.

Step 2. Please contact the proposed supervisor/s nominated by the Head of School of Home Economics and to discuss your intended research study. If proposed supervisor/s agrees that the research proposal has merit and supports your application, then you can move forward to complete the application process.

Step 3. Please complete the application process, and submit the following electronically to Aisling Carty, Administrator, School of Home Economics: 
The deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm on the 21st June 2021.

  • A CV which details your academic record including grades achieved.
  • A PhD (Home Economics) Expression of Interest Form:

  • An outline research proposal (see Guidelines for Drafting a Research Proposal
  • Personal statement to support your application which outlines your interest in and reasons for pursuing PhD studies in Home Economics (maximum 200 words).

St. Angela’s College will acknowledge receipt of application by reply e-mail. Please note that late and/ or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All offers will be subject to verification of academic records and reference checks. Should you choose to withdraw your application after submission, please inform Aisling Carty, Administrator, School of Home Economics: by email within one week of submission, i.e. latest by 4pm on the 28th June 2021.

Important Dates:

  • Call opens: 27th May 2021
  • Applications must be received, in full, by: 21stJune 2021
  • Candidates can expect email notification of the outcome by: 30th June 2021

Assessment Process

Applications will be assessed by a Review Panel.
Applications will be assessed according to the specific weightings as follows:

Criteria for AssessmentWeighting
Academic Record (e.g. prior academic record, prior relevant experience)   40%
Quality & Relevance of Research Proposal, and Reasons for applying for bursary for PhD studies at this time  60%
Supervisor/s Support  Necessary
Head of School Support  Necessary

Please note that applicants may be called for interview in the event of a tiebreaker.
Decision of the Review Panel is final.