Friday, 18 March 2016

Wellcome Trust Master's Award Scheme

Wellcome Trust Master's Award Scheme

The UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI) seeks a candidate for the 2016 Wellcome Trust's Master's Award scheme, offering fees and living allowance for one year of taught Master's study in the history of medicine or medical humanities.
UCD can propose one candidate per year to the Wellcome Trust, which considers applications from various institutions and determines whether funding is awarded. It is a highly competitive international competition. CHOMI has a strong track record of successful applications to the Master's scheme and many of the successful applicants have gone on to secure funding for doctoral studies. Details of the CHOMI MA programme are available at here.
Applications from international students are welcome. In addition to a living allowance, the scheme covers full fees for all Republic of Ireland, UK and European Union students, or full overseas fees for students from a list of eligible countries .

Application Process: Step 1

CHOMI runs an internal selection process to identify the strongest candidate to put forward for the Wellcome Trust competition. We now invite expressions of interest. 
Applicants must be strongly committed to developing a research career, and must have, or be predicted to have, at least a very high upper second-class degree at undergraduate level or an international equivalent .
If you would like to express an interest or discuss the possibility of an application, please contact the Director of CHOMI, Dr Catherine Cox (
The deadline for preliminary applications is Monday 11 April 2016. Preliminary applications should be sent to
Your preliminary application should include:
  1. 750-word statement outlining your relevant experience to date and your priorities for future research. If you have already developed a more concrete research proposal, please describe it here.
  2. Current CV, 1 to 2 pages in length

Application Process: Step 2

If you are successful in your application to the internal CHOMI competition, you will then work with a CHOMI staff member in developing your final application to the Wellcome Trust.  You will need to be available to work on completing the proposal to a deadline in April, in order to meet the Trust's final deadline of Tuesday 3 May.

Full details of the Trust's policy on selection and entry requirements are provided here

Friday, 4 March 2016

MA in the History of Welfare and Medicine in Society

MA History of Welfare & Medicine in Society
Programme Director: Dr Catherine Cox

About the MA

Medicine, illness and welfare occupy a central place in all our lives. The MA is designed to enable you to understand the place of medicine and welfare in society and history (c1750-1980) and engage with critical debates through various media, including film, literature, and art, amongst others. 

The modules on the programme explore the main trends within welfare and medical history from social history, gender history, post-colonial history to individual experiences of poverty, and of illness throughout history. You will explore how medicine and welfare regimes and policies culturally constructed conceptions of femininity and masculinity.

The modules are taught through seminar and you will develop expertise in presenting, analytical thinking, effective communication, and writing with clarity and precision. You will also partake in a lively seminar series and benefit from a vibrant postgraduate research community.

The dissertation, at the core the MA, allows you to engage your own research-based interests.

Your fellow students will be from diverse academic backgrounds and the MA is popular among healthcare professionals keen to understand the historical contexts that shaped current practices and systems.

The MA has a reputation for excellence and is taught be lecturers with international profiles in the field. 

Dr Catherine Cox, Director and
Co-Founder of the UCD Centre for
the History of Medicine in Ireland

Why do this MA?

Graduates have secured employment in the fields of media, education, politics and in private and public sector management and policy.

Graduates have also proceeded to PhD studies at Irish, British, and European institutions, securing prestigious external funding.


To apply for the acclaimed Wellcome Trust Masters Scholarship, please contact MA Director, Dr Catherine Cox.

Further Details

Please see the course description for the MA in the History of Welfare & Medicine in Society at UCD Graduates Studies