Research Bursaries

The research bursaries scheme was developed in 2014 to further enhance Jigsaw's research agenda and to create links with researchers and academic institutions.

Bursary Details
Details of the 2016/7 scheme will be announced soon. To enquire about the research bursary scheme, please contact

Six bursaries were granted for the academic year 2015/6 to the value of up to €3,500, to support research being undertaken by postgraduate students carrying out a research project in the area of health/social sciences during the 2015/6 academic year (e.g., dissertation as part of doctorate in clinical psychology which is examined during the 2015/6 academic year).

What type of research is supported?
Jigsaw considers any research, quantitative or qualitative, which is directly embedded in youth mental health (12-25 year olds) and is relevant to Jigsaw’s mission and vision. Examples of the type of research that Jigsaw welcomes includes, but is not restricted to: help-seeking, alcohol and drugs use, intervention studies, youth suicide, evaluation studies, youth participation, positive mental health, community mental health initiatives, early intervention.

What can the bursary be used for?
The bursary must be used to support the research being undertaken by the successful candidate. Examples of support include, but are not restricted to, payment for
– Data entry
– Transcription of interviews/focus groups undertaken as part of the research
– Research assistance
– Licence for copyrighted programme
– Licence for copyrighted questionnaire(s)
– Dissemination at conferences etc.

Bursary Winners

Daria Murphy (UCD) – “An Investigation of the Effectiveness of Emotion Recognition Training to Reduce Symptoms of Social Anxiety in Adolescence.”


Ailish Hand (UL) – “How do young people (teenagers) who present with deliberate non suicidal self-injury, understand emotion? How do parents and teenagers who deliberately self-harm communicate about emotion?”

Amy Moriarty (UCD) – “General Practitioner’s attitudes towards self-harm in adolescents”

Andrea Brandley (NUI Galway) – “Building Psychological Capital and Enhancing Psychological Well-Being in young people: A Pilot Evaluation of Jigsaw Donegal”

Karen O’Connor (RCSI) – “An investigation of the clinical significance of hallucinations in individuals at high risk of psychosis.”