The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

Read more about the RIA

Decade of Centenaries bursaries awarded

31 May 2023

The RIA today announces the twenty Decade of Centenaries Bursary scheme awardees, as part of the commemorative programme for the final year of the Decade of Centenaries, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

This year, the scheme is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Éamon Phoenix, Historian and Head of Lifelong Learning at Stranmillis University College in Belfast, who was a valued member of the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations, which supported and encouraged the development of this scheme.

The Decade of Centenaries bursary scheme was established to encourage and support new local research and local history studies in meaningful examination of local, regional, and national events during the Struggle for Independence and Civil War period.  

This scheme acknowledges the important role that local historians often have in communities, as informed and trusted researchers whether, amateur or professional. 

This year's projects include Fiona Brennan's ‘Upstaging a revolution the amateur dramatic movement in Co. Kerry 1923-1936, deflecting from and reflecting upon the revolutionary period' and Peter Connell's ‘Housing conditions in provincial towns and the 1922 million pound housing scheme’.

For details of all projects funded please see here 

Stay up to date with the Royal Irish Academy newsletter

Sign up now