The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is offering scholarships in research for Master's and PhD students (Engineering & Technology). Applications are invited to undertake a 3-year Ph.D. based on data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). TILDA is a major research study led by Professor Rose Anne Kenny and located at the main campus of Trinity College Dublin, Dublin.

The program is funded by The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET) and provides funding opportunities for doctoral candidates to pursue cutting-edge research on technology for successful ageing and independent living.


The Irish Longitudinal study on Ageing (TILDA) is a major inter-institutional initiative led by Trinity College Dublin which aims to produce a massive improvement in the quantity and quality of data, research and information relating to older people and ageing in Ireland. It involves interviews on a two yearly basis with a large cohort of people aged 50 and over to collect detailed information on all aspects of their lives, including the economic dimension (pensions, employment, living standards etc.), health aspects (physical, mental, service needs and usage, etc.) and social aspects (family structure and support, formal and informal care, social participation, social engagement, etc.)

The study involves both survey interviews and physical and biological measurements to be carried out by trained nurses in specially equipped centres, and in respondent homes. The sample size for the main survey is 8,000 people, and the data collection for wave 1 is finalized. The project is currently being planned across a ten-year time horizon.
The study is closely harmonised with leading international research to ensure adoption of best practice and comparability of results.

Fellowship Awards

Fellowships of €24,000 per annum will be awarded to a period of 36 months for a doctoral candidate.

Application and Contact

Further details about the fellowship are available in the Candidates must apply online directly to IRCET.

Further information about the TILDA study can be obtained from the website: To get any additional information about TILDA, please contact :

Note: The submission deadline for the PhD Scholarships in Engineering & Technology, Dublin, Ireland is February 16, 2011.

Please mention on your application while applying for this scholarship.

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