SFI Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies

The Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies

We are now recruiting our fifth cohort of talented and enthusiastic PhD students to start in September/October 2023 across our partner sites University College Cork, Munster Technological University, Maynooth University, Technological University Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.

The SFI Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies focuses on enabling technologies for future hyper-networks, including concepts such as network virtualization, dependable communications, Internet of Things, data-driven network management and applications in sustainable and independent living. This centre will train the next generation of researchers who will seek solutions to the technical and societal challenges of global hyper-connectivity.


"… train the next generation of doctoral graduates at the interface of technologies and social sciences, graduates who can stimulate socially-responsible and inclusive creativity and innovation in the fields of advanced communications. We aim to ensure that the next generations of communications technology are developed with human and societal benefit as a priority objective."


Accepted PhD researchers will receive a stipend of €18,500 (tax-free) and a tuition fee contribution of €5,500 per annum for up to 4 years. Additional funding is available to support training, equipment, materials, travel expenses and other costs associated with research.

Further information on ADVANCE supervisors and potential projects students may apply for can be found on our webpage: advance-crt.ie/apply

Application Process

Please read carefully the ADVANCE CRT – 2023 Recruitment Call Booklet to understand the application process and the requirements for the applicants.

Interested candidates can apply through the application link below:

ADVANCE CRT Application Form

The deadline for applications is the 10th April 2023.

Eligibility criteria

We invite applications from individuals who hold at least a 2.1 honours undergraduate degree in either Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Psychology, Social Science. Other qualifications in disciplines related to listed research areas will also be considered.

Supervisors & Documentation

It is strongly recommended to contact potential supervisors before you submit your application. Further information on ADVANCE CRT supervisors interested in taking upon new PhD researchers can be found in ADVANCE CRT – Project Booklet 2023

Alongside the completed application form, candidates will be asked to provide the following:

  • Primary and highest degree(s) and awarding institutions; GPA/degree class.
  • A CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native speakers based on IELTS (or similar) score of 6.5 (or similar local requirements)
  • Proposed supervisor(s) in order of preference (up to 3)
  • A statement of motivation (max. 500 words) including a description of:
    • why they wish to undertake a PhD (with reference to their future career ambitions and how the ADVANCE CRT programme contributes to it)
    • reasons for selecting the nominated supervisors.
  • A research proposal (max. 500 words) providing a technical outline of the research project you propose to undertake during your PhD


To help address gender under-representation in science, applications from female applicants are strongly encouraged, as are those from international students and other under-represented groups. This reflects each of the supervisory institutions commitment to providing a diverse and open environment for students and faculty.

If you have any queries please contact the ADVANCE CRT Operations Team at advance-crt@cs.ucc.ie.

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