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HEA North-South Scholarship

HEA North-South Scholarship

Funded Research Scholarship in TUS 2022 – 2023


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Research Opportunity In :

Department of Applied Social Sciences

Research Centre:

Social Sciences ConneXions

Title of Proposed Research Degree Project:

Developing Combined Text & Graphic Alcohol Warnings: a North-South Initiative


This research is based on a successful Higher Education Authority (HEA) North-South funding proposal that aims to explore and develop combined text & graphic alcohol warnings for the island of Ireland. The research team involves Dr Frank Houghton and Jennifer Moran Stritch of TUS, and Dr Anne Campbell & Dr Gillian Shorter, both of QUB.

Alcohol misuse remains a significant issue both sides of the border resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. At present neither jurisdiction requires alcohol products to feature warning text or graphics. This project seeks to identify support and resistance to such an initiative, as well develop and test a series of such warnings.

This research project may appeal to students with a background in public health, sociology, psychology, art & graphic design, allied health disciplines, and cognate fields.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, have strong social skills and feel confident working both sides of the border. Competence in basic qualitative and quantitative research methodologies is expected.

The candidate will be based at TUS for at least 18 months, though distance working is a possibility subject to requirements of the project and the scholarship.

The scholarship funding offers financial support to facilitate the student being based in Northern Ireland for up to 6 months, as well as routine North-South travel.

Scholarships Condition:

Fees      €5,500 per year for two years

Stipend €18,500 per year for two years

There is an additional Travel & Mobility allowance



  • Level 8 Honours Degree in an appropriate field of study is essential

(applications considered with an honours degree grade 2:2 or higher with relevant experience ),

  • Experience of research and relevant work experience
  • Commitment to a 24-month programme of study and research
  • Self-motivated with an ability to be self-directed in much of their own work
  • Able to plan work over longer periods and have strong writing and analytical skills
  • Interest in pursuing a career in academia and/or research
  • Interest in pursuing postgraduate studies in areas related to public health, sociology, psychology, health promotion, allied health disciplines, art & design



Informal Research Enquiries should be directed to Dr Frank Houghton Email:

Deadline for applications:

14th October 2022. It is anticipated that virtual interviews will take place around the end of October.

Application Process:

Please email a CV and a 1-page cover letter outlining relevant interests and experience to Graduate Studies and Research Office, TUS. Email:


For queries on application process please contact: