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GSI Masters by Research

New GSI Masters by Research Scholarship Call

Geological Survey Ireland has launched a new call for Scholarships for students wishing to undertake a Masters by Research (e.g. MSc, MEng, M. Ed.). Projects should aim to support the GSI programmes and/or use GSI datasets. 

The call will comprise of two stages: and Expression of Interest and a Full Proposal stage. Full proposals can only be submitted once an Expression of Interest is submitted and the topic is deemed eligible. The Full proposal stage must be submitted by both a Lead Applicant (i.e. academic supervisor) and the named Scholar. 


  • Soil science and health (projects should include the use of Tellus data) 
  • Marine geology & mapping: (a) offshore seafloor mapping – large-scale novel approaches using INFOMAR datasets or (b) Coastal monitoring: Assessing coastal change in Ireland 
  • Groundwater resources, protection or climate change impacts, focussing on one or more of the following: (a) quality, (b) quantity, (c) flow pathways, (d) ecosystem support 
  • Minerals, including minerals prospectivity mapping 
  • Geohazards: (a) towards further development of landslide hazard mapping  or (b) Earth Observation and applications to Irish geohazards combining traditional mapping with modern techniques
  • Artificial intelligence and applications to geoscience data, e.g. using 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 (e.g. GSI hyperspectral data) 
  • Geotechnical Engineering: (a) Characterising the subsurface in urban environments using geotechnical data or (b) 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

Deadline for Expression of Interest form: Wednesday, February 1st, 2023, 12noon

Deadline for Full Proposal stage: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023, 12noon

Notification of results: April/May 2023

Project start date: September 2023

Terms and Conditions


Expression of Interest form

Application Form V2 (Full proposal)