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THE GRADUATE SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW COHORT OF CITI-GENS DOCTORAL SCHOLARS  Two men and one woman standing outside red-bricked Graduate School at Queen's University Belfast

19 April 2021

The Graduate School at Queen’s University Belfast has welcomed 20 international CITI-GENS doctoral scholars.

Collaboration in Training and Innovation for Growing, Evolving and Networked Societies (CITI-GENS) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral training programme that supports interdisciplinary Early Career Researchers, combining ground-breaking research projects with higher-level skills development. It seeks to produce creative thinkers and problem-solvers who will lead and inspire innovation in their fields. 

The programme is co-funded by the Horizon2020 Programme of the European Union and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland. Over 400 individuals applied to the scheme from which 20 excellent scholars emerged.

The new cohort will address global challenges centred on the Innovation strand of the £850 million Belfast Region City Deal, of which Queen’s is a key partner, to drive inclusive economic growth in the region and deliver 20,000 new and better jobs.

Welcoming the new cohort of scholars Professor Margaret Topping, Dean of the Graduate School at Queen’s and CITI-GENS co-Director said:

“We are delighted to welcome the next cohort of Early Career Researchers from multiple disciplines who will gain a unique interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral and international training experience while contributing to the University’s research on the CITI-GENS doctoral training programme.”

Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s and Co-Director of CITI-GENS said:

“The CITI-GENS scheme is another excellent programme of doctoral training at Queen’s, and builds on previous successes the University has had in attracting funding for cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research.

“CITI-GENS also manifests Queen’s commitment to the ambitions of the Belfast Region City Deal in the years ahead.”

Over a three-year period, the scholars will gain interdisciplinary training at the Graduate School at Queen’s and develop the intellectual flexibility required to respond to a constantly changing professional environment. The programme consists of a diverse range of interdisciplinary projects from all three Faculties at the University, ranging from precision medicine to oral history.  

For more information about CITI-GENS, please visit:

Media enquiries to Zara McBrearty at Queen's Communications Office on telephone:  07795 676 858.

Pictured outside the Graduate School at Queen's are (L-R): Ivan Palmisano, CITI-GENS Doctoral Scholar; Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh, Co-Director of CITI-GENS; and Sweta Pramanick, CITI-GENS Doctoral Scholar.

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