APPLY: 2022 Government of Ireland Scholarship Programme For Postgraduate Students

The Government of Ireland Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and managed by the Council.

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is unique in the Irish research landscape and complements other channels for funded postgraduate education in the Irish ecosystem. Among its features are:

  • individual, prestigious awards for excellent research in the name of the applicant;
  • an objective selection process using international, independent expert peer review;
  • funding across all disciplines, from archaeology to zoology; and

awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.

Scholarship Details

Pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or those introducing creative, innovative approaches are welcomed. Proposals of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged as it is recognised that advancing fundamental understanding is achieved by integrating information, techniques, tools and perspectives from two or more disciplines.

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is highly competitive, with an average success rate of 18% over the past five years. Successful awardees under the programme are recognised as demonstrating world-class potential as future research leaders.

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Scholarship Requirements

Potential applicants should carefully ascertain whether or not they are eligible in advance of applying to either programme. 

  • All applicants will be required to complete and pass an eligibility quiz on the online application system prior to accessing an application form.
  • Further information outlining what would deem an application ineligible is contained in section 8. 
  • There is no age limit for applicants to be eligible for either programme type.
  • All applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Irish higher education institution or research performing organization. 
  • The Irish Research Council is not in a position to award funding for research activity under any of the following prohibited areas:  
    •  human cloning for reproductive purposes;  
    • genetic modification of human beings that could make such changes heritable (with the exception of research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads, which may be funded); or   
    • creation of human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.  

Scholarship Duration and Reward

These awards will support suitably qualified research master’s and doctoral candidates pursuing, or intending to pursue, full-time research in any discipline.

The duration of a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship ranges from one to four years depending on the type of degree being pursued and the date of first registration (where relevant).

The value of the scholarship will be up to a maximum of €27,500 per annum in any approved year and will consist of the following:

  • a stipend of €18,500; 
  • contribution to fees, including non-European Union fees, paid to the host institution, up to a maximum of €5,7501 ; and
  • eligible direct research expenses of €3,250 to enable the awardee to carry out the research project.

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Method of Application

Potential applicants should read the call documentation 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.

Key dates

Call open16:00 (Irish time) 2 September 2021
FAQ deadline16:00 (Irish time) 14 October 2021
Applicant deadline16:00 (Irish time) 21 October 2021
Supervisor and referee deadline16:00 (Irish time) 4 November 2021
Research office endorsement deadline16:00 (Irish time) 18 November 2021
Call outcomeEnd of March 2022
Award start date1 September 2022

Please note that the timings provided here are indicative and may be subject to change.

Deadline: October 21, 2021

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