GSI Master’s by Research Scholarship

Closing Date: 01/02/2023

Funding is available for Master’s degree students to carry out innovative research projects in specified fields of geoscience for up to 24 months at higher education institutions in Ireland.

The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) is a division of the Government of Ireland’s Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. GSI is responsible for acquiring and providing geological advice and information in all aspects of Irish geology.

The GSI Geoscience Research Programme aims to address key scientific questions, build capacity, increase research impact and strengthen geoscience research teams on the island of Ireland.

As part of this programme, GSI offers Master’s by Research Scholarships to support students registered for Master’s qualifications to undertake novel and innovative studies relating to geoscience in Ireland for a period of up 18 or 24 months. Projects should utilise existing datasets that are available and accessible.

GSI will support scholarship projects specifically related to the following themes:

  • Soil science and health (projects should include the use of Tellus data).
  • Marine geology and mapping:
    • Offshore seafloor mapping – large-scale novel approaches using INFOMAR datasets.
    • Coastal monitoring: assessing coastal change in Ireland.
  • Groundwater resources, protection or climate change impacts, focussing on quality, quantity, flow pathways or ecosystem support.
  • Minerals, including minerals prospectivity mapping.
  • Geohazards:
    • Further development of landslide hazard mapping.
    • Earth Observation and applications to Irish geohazards combining traditional mapping with modern techniques.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and applications to geoscience data, eg GSI hyperspectral data.
  • The potential application of digital twins in geoscience.
  • Geothermal energy resource assessment for Ireland.
  • The potential for geoscience to support education curricula in Ireland.
  • Geological mapping (Quaternary or Bedrock mapping) combining traditional mapping with innovative techniques and datasets.
  • Geotechnical Engineering:
    • Characterising the subsurface in urban environments using geotechnical data.
    • Innovative applications of geotechnical and borehole data (projects should include the use of GSI geotechnical databases).
  • Quantifying Geological Heritage value using audited geological heritage site data.
  • Towards improved management of the subsurface in Ireland.
Funding body Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI)
Maximum value €80,000
Reference ID S24626
Category Natural Environment
Fund or call Fund