Professor Eamonn J. Walsh Memorial Scholarship MSc Accounting and Financial Management

The scholarship is open to EU /Non-EU students applying to the full-time MSc in Accounting and Financial Management for 2024/25. The scholarship will cover 50% tuition fees for this programme.
Open Date 4th February 2024
Close Date 1st June 2024
Status Closed
Value 50% of tuition fees

UCD College of Business would like to announce the launch of the Professor Eamonn J. Walsh Memorial Scholarship, in recognition of his lifelong passion and enthusiasm for teaching and research in the area of Accounting and Financial Management.

For over 30 years, Eamonn’s academic leadership and standing in the field of accountancy has spanned the globe, from Asia to North America and Europe. His brilliance from the lectern, and his dedication to his role as an educator, inspired a generation of students ranging from those just beginning their business studies to experienced professionals studying for their MBA. He was equally at home engaging with Irish and global business leaders on challenges of organisational and societal importance.

Throughout his extensive career in academia, Eamonn served in numerous leadership positions. As Dean of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, he was a key advocate and leader of its globalisation from the late 1990s. This strategy promoted students, faculty and the School’s participation in global networks and international business school accreditations. Eamonn also provided innovative leadership to the UCD Faculty of Accounting over many years.

Following his undergraduate education at Trinity College Dublin, Eamonn completed his MSc in Accounting and Finance at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and attained his PhD from the University of Glasgow. He began his career as a lecturer at LSE, before moving to New York University as an Assistant Professor. Returning home to Ireland, Eamonn took up the position of Professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Limerick before beginning his 22 year tenure at UCD Smurfit School in 1999. Eamonn also held globally-spanning visiting appointments at UC Berkeley, USA, University of Wollongong, Australia and Peking University, China.

His ‘larger than life’ presence inspired students to have fun with ideas and generate new insights. His lectures had impact and many students remember Eamonn’s classes and insights many years after graduation. Eamonn made an enormous contribution to business education not only through his students’ achievements but also through the inspiration he provided to the many educators he advised and mentored. The influence of his wisdom on pedagogy will be greatly missed by both students and faculty in Accountancy.

In 1997, Eamonn was the inaugural recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Excellence in Education Award, which was a testament to his skill and accomplishments in the classroom.

Eamonn’s primary research and consulting interests were in the areas of financial analysis, equity valuation and US securities markets. He was the founding editor of the European Accounting Review and served as associate editor of the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance and of the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance. Eamonn served on the Editorial Board of the British Accounting Review and was a frequent reviewer for the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, British Accounting Review and Irish Accounting Review. He was the co-author of three books, and authored / co-authored numerous book chapters and academic journal articles. His research has been published in a wide array of leading international academic journals including Accounting Organisations and Society, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting and the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance.

A consultant to leading European, US and Asian corporations, Eamonn also completed assignments with governmental organisations, the International Monetary Fund, United Nations and has been a presenter at the World Economic Forum thereby extending his policy impact around the globe.

Eamonn was a constant presence in linking the UCD College of Business to the outside world, exemplifying our values of courage and integrity. He graciously and generously gave of his time to lend his unique voice and vibrant delivery style to countless events aimed at business and general public audiences over the years including several thought-provoking webinar conversations and podcasts.

The scholarship is open to EU /Non-EU  students applying to the full-time MSc in Accounting and Financial Management for 2024/25. The scholarship will cover 50% tuition fees for this programme.

  1. An undergraduate degree result of a first-class honours (Hons 1.1) or international equivalent.
  2. A strong curriculum vitae / resume.
  3. Excellently written essay question answers in the course application.
  4. If required, an overall IELTS of minimum 7.0, TOEFL 100 / 120 or equivalent scores in a test we recognise for our English Language Requirements.  

There is no separate application process for this Scholarship. All course applications submitted before the deadline of 1st June 2024 will be considered for this scholarship.
Following the assessment of all eligible applications shortlisted candidates will be notified.

  1. This scholarship is open to all applicants except full-time employees of UCD.
  2. The  decision to award the scholarship will be made by a board chaired by the Academic Director of Accounting, and their decision will be final.
  3. The scholarship is limited to those who will have submitted a complete application directly to UCD Smurfit School entry to the MSc Accounting and Financial Management full-time and who hold a full, unconditional offer from The School.
  4. The scholarship consists of half tuition fees for the upcoming academic year.
  5. In the event of a tie the scholarship will be divided , each candidate will receive 25% of their fee tuition paid.
  6. The continuation of the scholarship funding is subject to the awardee passing all exams at the end of the first trimester.
  7. Candidates must be available to commence the MSc Accounting and Financial Management full-time programme in early September of the 2024/25 academic year.
  8. The scholarship is not open to recipients of any other scholarships being awarded by UCD Smurfit School.
  9. Winning candidates will be informed in the last week of July 2024 at the latest.  
  10. Classes commence in early September 2024.
  11. No cash alternative.
  12. No substitutions allowed.
  13. Canvassing will disqualify.
  14. The winner must be willing to participate in media events and opportunities, which may require meeting the sponsor and other relevant stakeholders.
  15. Only one scholarship/bursary can be awarded and accepted by any UCD student.  

If you would like more information on this scholarship or our MSc programme, please contact UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on or phone +353 1 716 4321

Scholarships Notice

Candidates may apply for a number of scholarships, if they are successful in attaining more than one scholarship, however, they may only accept one scholarship bursary. Scholarship bursaries cannot be added together or combined.

Candidates will be awarded the higher amount. Candidates cannot transfer or use one scholarship or bursary between or against another programme. Scholarships and bursaries are also not allowed to be deferred to a future academic year, it is only applicable and awarded to the student for the year they are offered a place in UCD Smurfit. If a student, subsequently, decides to defer their offer they will lose their scholarship or bursary and be required to apply in the future.

If candidates are in receipt of a SUSI grant they are not eligible to receive a scholarship .

UCD Smurfit School Scholarships are not applicable to courses in UCD Smurfit Executive Development, UCD Belfield campus or programmes run in conjunction with UCD Belfield including the MSc in Biotechnology and Business, MSc in Biotherapeutics and Business and MSc in International Law and Business.

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