GENDER-Net Plus Funded PhD Fellowship


Gender and Ageing Intersections in Exclusion from Social Relations across the Life Course 

Applications for PhD Doctoral Position Sought: Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, four-year PhD research fellowship in the area of ageing and gender intersection in exclusion from social relations, to be based at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) in the National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.

Background: Social connection is a universal basic human need, but a substantial number of people in later life lack essential social resources. While gender-related risk factors exist, critical knowledge gaps remain about how age, gender, and life experiences might combine to create social relations exclusion. Further, why significant variations exist across countries (welfare and cultural systems) in gendered experiences of social relations is poorly understood.

Fellowship Details: This fellowship will be awarded as a part of the GENDER-Net Plus funded cross national research study entitled  ‘A life-course perspective on the GENdered PATHways of exclusion from social relations in later life, and its consequences for health and wellbeing’– GENPATHS. The successful candidate will be under the supervision of Professor Kieran Walsh and Dr. Aine Ni Leime, and will use qualitative research methods to understand what exclusion from social relations means for the everyday lives and identities of older men and women.

The Fellowship award will be €93,000 in total – this amount comprises a maintenance award to the student,  from which fees (EU Fees – approximately €5,250 per annum) are also to be paid.

Interviews are expected to take place the week beginning the 12th August 2019 

Start date: 1st September 2019 (or the earliest date thereafter).

For information on moving to Ireland please see

For informal discussion about this fellowship please contact Prof. Kieran Walsh at

To Apply: 

Candidates are requested to submit the following materials to                                                          

  • A cover letter, stating your research motivation and interests; including relevant background;
  • A outline research proposal pertinent to (Max 1000 words), including:
    • Rationale, aim and objectives
    • Methodology
    • Preliminary work plan
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Master degree documentation
  • All other relevant documents confirming your qualifications and English skills

Applicants must include the Reference GenderNET PhD Application in the subject line of the email application. 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm (GMT), Monday, 29th July 2019

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