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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 fourth cohort of up to 30 talented and enthusiastic PhD students to start in September/October 2022 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."

Eligibility criteria & application process

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.


Accepted PhD students 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 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

Interested candidates can apply either through our website or through the application link below:

ADVANCE CRT Application Form: (form.jotform.com/220384515727356)

The deadline for applications is the 15th of April 2022.

Supervisors and potential projects

It is strongly recommended to contact potential supervisors before you submit your application. Further information on ADVANCE supervisors and potential research projects can be found here: ADVANCE CRT – Project Booklet 2022-2023: (drive.google.com/file/d/1-LKj5y9x0EC7VDJjDj90MUda3X7inlkl/view)

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 3 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 max. 2-page statement of motivation including a description of:
    • why they wish to undertake an ADVANCE PhD (concerning their future career plans)
    • the proposed research topic
    • reasons for selecting the nominated supervisors.


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 institution’s 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.

SFI Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies

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