Government of Ireland Scholarships 2021 for International Students- APPLY NOW

Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarships provide scholarships to suitably qualified individuals pursuing a Masters or Doctorate (traditional or structured), in any discipline, at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland.

Application deadline: October 22, 2020

Eligible countries: national and international

To be taken in (country): Ireland

About the Award: The purpose of the Irish Government Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship, hereinafter referred to as the Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarship, is to support suitably qualified research Masters and Doctoral candidates who are pursuing or intend to pursue full-time research in any discipline.

A number of targeted scholarships are offered in cooperation with strategic funding partners.

Type: Masters, PhD

Eligibility:

  • 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 2010 to the EMBARK Scheme previously run by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, and the Government of Ireland Scholarship Scheme 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
      AND
    • 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 2020.

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.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: 

  • 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

Duration of Program:

  • Research master’s degree: 12 months
  • Structured research master’s degree: 24 months
  • Traditional doctoral degree: 36 months
  • Structured doctoral degree: 48 months

How to Apply: Potential applicants should read the 2021 Terms and Conditionscarefully 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.

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