NUI Galway offers PhD scholarships on tidal energy

NUI Galway has opened five fully-funded PhD scholarship opportunities for tidal energy researchers as part of the TIDAL-GES project.

The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) has opened five fully-funded PhD scholarships opportunities. The position addresses to tidal energy researchers as part of the TIDAL-GES project.


The tidal energy project has been dubbed TIDAL-GES at NUI Galway. It is focusing on solutions to secure the transition to affordable and clean energy. Considering that it enhances the health and resilience of communities, wildlife, and the environment.

The PhD scholarships are a part of the NUI Galway Global Challenges Program. Hence, the project will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and a wide variety of tidal energy stakeholders.

Now, the university has invited applications from suitably qualified candidates. Particularly, for five full-time 4-year PhD research positions available as part of the project.

The positions will be based in various schools at the NUI Galway. Note that, they are available from September 1, 2022, when the student will enroll in the structured PhD program.

“The just transition is crucial in the work towards decarbonization. So too is the importance, placed on biodiversity and how we are enhancing the health and resilience of our ocean and coastal communities. Our aim in the tidal energy project is to create a blueprint to simultaneously achieve these ambitions,” 

Jamie Goggins, a professor at NUI Galway, who will lead the project

The closing date for applications is on May 9, 2022, with interviews taking place shortly thereafter, according to NUI Galway.

Tidal energy, in parallel with other renewable sources, is a key enabling technology for the decarbonization of the global energy sector.

It has the potential to contribute significantly to the global electricity supply, with worldwide tidal resources estimated at over 1200TWh per year.

The industry has progressed steadily over the last 20 years with the first utility-scale devices deployed in recent years, but there is still a number of key challenges that need overcoming for the sector to progress to full maturity.

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