Maynooth University, located 25 km to the west of Dublin, has established an international reputation as a university building on excellence in research and research-led teaching in areas across the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering.  In support of its mission to promote research and teaching, the University has established a range of postgraduate research awards, available to suitably qualified prospective doctoral students across all disciplines, and to be competed for on a Faculty basis. The Maynooth University Department of Ancient Classics invites applications under this scheme.

Applicants who intend to undertake a PhD in the field of Classics are expected to have attained a high level of competence in Greek and/or Latin, as appropriate, and to be able to demonstrate the capacity for high-quality PhD-level research. The Department can offer supervision across a wide range of areas in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, Greek and Roman philosophy, and Classical reception studies. Further information on the Department and the research interests of its staff may be obtained from the University website at

Before making a formal application, candidates are required to make contact with the relevant department in order to discuss their suitability for undertaking a PhD. They are also required to identify and make provisional arrangements with a suitable supervisor.  Candidates in the field of Classics should address their initial enquiries to Dr. Jonathan Davies ([email protected]) in the Department of Ancient Classics. Please note that the Department will not support applications from those who already hold a PhD degree in Classics.

Full information on the Maynooth University John and Pat Hume Doctoral Awards may be found at MU John & Pat Hume Doctoral Awards | Maynooth University. Attention is drawn particularly to the Terms and Conditions document and the Guide for Applicants available at that URL.  Potential applicants are requested to consult this documentation before contacting the Department. The deadline for the receipt of applications, which must be made online via the link provided, is 12 April 2021.