IT Sligo offers new research opportunities

IT Sligo has announced a major expansion of its research funding schemes with up to 30 students set to benefit this year.

IT Sligo has announced a major expansion of its research funding schemes with up to 30 students set to benefit this year.

Now in its third year, the President’s Bursary Award Scheme has been given a significant boost for the 2012/13 academic year. This year, an additional ten students will receive funding under the scheme which encourages research in areas which are aligned to the Institute’s strategic academic themes and national strategic priorities. The Institute has also announced the launch of an innovative Strategic Research Student Fund this year under which up to 20 national and international students will have their tuition fees waived.

Successful candidates for the President’s Bursary Awards will receive an annual stipend of €7,250 plus a waiver of tuition fees for up to three years. Dr John Bartlett, Head of research at the college explained that in a new departure this year, students themselves are being invited to submit proposals across a number of specified areas which have the potential to boost Ireland’s economic and social recovery and sustainability. He said: “Allowing students to propose projects in this way will encourage innovation based on their ambitions, foresight and experience in other academic programmes nationally and internationally.”

Proposals for research degrees are being invited across the following disciplines: Sustainability and Clean Technologies, Creativity and Design, Quality of Life and Healthcare and Economy and Society.

The deadline for applications for both initiatives is Friday 21st September 2012. For further information see www.itsligo.ie or email rooney.rosaleen@itsligo.ie.