Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for International Masters and PhD Students

Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Postgraduate (Master’s, PhD)
Provider: Government of Ireland
Country to Study in: Ireland

Scholarship Description
The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship offers scholarships for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a research master’s or PhD (either traditional or structured), in any discipline, at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland.

The Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship provides outstanding students with the opportunity to direct their own research at the early-career stage, working with a supervisor, in their chosen area of interest. Thus, it supports suitably qualified research master’s and doctoral candidates pursuing, or intending to pursue, full-time research in any discipline.

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Education and Skills and managed by the Council. A number of targeted scholarships are offered in collaboration with strategic funding partners.

Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
  • have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s, or the equivalent, degree. If undergraduate examination results are not known at the time of application, the Council may make a provisional offer of a scholarship on condition that the scholar’s bachelor’s, or the equivalent degree result is a first class or upper second-class honours. If a scholar does not have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s, or the equivalent, degree, they must possess a master’s degree. The Council’s determination of an applicant’s eligibility on these criteria is final;
  • must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the programme, including strategic partner themes. This includes applications since 2009 to the previously run by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, and the  previously run by the Irish Council for Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • in the case of applications for a research master’s scholarship, applicants must not currently hold, or have previously held, a Council Postgraduate Scholarship;
  • in the case of applications for a doctoral degree scholarship, applicants must not currently hold, or have previously held, any Council Postgraduate Scholarship other than those which would enable them to obtain a research master’s degree
Applicants will fall under one of two categories based on nationality and residency. For category one, applicants must meet BOTH of the following criteria:
  • be a national of a European Union member state, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
  • have been ordinarily resident in a European Union member state, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland for a continuous period of three of the five years preceding 1 October 2019.
All other applicants will fall under category two.

While the majority of scholarships will be awarded to applicants who fall under category one, a proportion of awards will also be made to exceptional applicants who fall under category two. Please note that the Council may request documented evidence of an applicant’s nationality and residence.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries

Fields of study
Any field of higher education study at master's and/or PhD levels

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
Covers duration of the various programs: Research master’s degree - 12 months; Structured research master’s degree - 24 months; Traditional doctoral degree - 36 months; Structured doctoral degree - 48 months

Scholarship benefits
What the award offers:

  • a stipend of €16,000 per annum
  • a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum
  • eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum
Method of Application
Potential applicants should read the 2019 Terms and Conditions carefully to ascertain whether or not they are eligible to apply. Indicative versions of the applicant, supervisor and referee forms are provided for information purposes only. All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system. 

The closing date for submission of applications is 16:00 (Irish time) 1st November 2019

Please note that the timings provided here are indicative and may be subject to change.
All scholarships must commence on 1 October 2019.

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth. Politically, Ireland is divided into the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

Application Deadline: 1 November 2018
Open to International students: Yes

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