Science without borders research opportunities at DIT

22 October 2012: Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is looking forward to welcoming students from Brazil as part of the Science without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras)programme. This exciting scholarship programme, funded by the Brazilian government, aims to place over 100,000 Brazilian students in overseas higher education institutions over the next four years. The main aim of the programme is to strengthen and expand science, technology, innovation and competitiveness in Brazil through the international mobility of their students and researchers. Up to 1,500 students are expected to study in Ireland, including 850 postgraduate research students who will undertake fully-funded PhD programmes.


DIT’s Head of the Graduate Research School, Professor Mary McNamara is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Irish Education Co-operation with Brazil, and joined Irish delegations to São Paulo (in November 2011) and Brasília (in July 2012) to promote Dublin Institute of Technology as a leading destination for Brazilian students.  According to Professor McNamara:

“DIT is a multi campus institute located in the heart of Ireland’s capital city.  Combing the academic excellence of a traditional university with career-focused learning, our aim is to provide our students with an innovative, responsive and caring learning environment.  As a DIT graduate you will be among the thinkers, doers and leaders who can respond successfully to our globally interdependent and technologically-advanced society.”

Why Dublin Institute of Technology?

Dublin Institute of Technology is one of the largest and most innovative institutions in Ireland with over 10% of the higher education students and is ranked in the top 3% of world rankings (Times Higher Education and QS Rankings). It was voted Institute of the Year 2011 (the Sunday Times).  Indeed, DIT has consistently ranked the top institute of technology every year in the history of the Sunday Times league table.  It has won a plethora of other awards in the last 12 months which recognise its excellence internationally.

DIT is an autonomous institution with statutory awarding powers offering career focused and professional degrees from Bachelor to Doctorate Level. DIT is renowned for its strong student-staff interaction; excellent student support services and activities, innovative programmes, an outstanding record in entrepreneurship, and business incubation, and for its collaboration internationally and civic engagement at home.  We emphasize intellectually and strategically important research, which makes a distinctive, relevant and useful contribution to advance human knowledge and our structured PhD programmes deliver professional transferable skills as well as research training within a disciplinary framework.

As a graduate student you will have access to leading experts, state of the art equipment and facilities and will be encouraged to publish and present your research findings at international forums. You will be part of the postgraduate research community and a member of our Graduate Research School (GRS) where you will interact with other staff and students to make your time in DIT a truly memorable one.

What Research opportunities in DIT does the scheme cover?

To view our research opportunities please click on one of the following areas:

To Apply

Interested candidates are invited to complete an Expression of Interest Form  and indicate the title of the project they would like to pursue.

For further information please email Gerolmina Di Nardo at

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