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Ireland Government Scholarship for postgraduate students 2020

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Ireland Government Scholarship for postgraduate students 2020

Ireland Government Scholarship Programme is highly paid in various research areas. It is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and managed by the Council. These Scholarships are one of the prestigious and famous scholarships for international students to pursue Masters or Doctoral Degree.

Duration for Master program in Ireland Government Scholarship is 1 Year, 2 Year and For the doctoral program is 3 Year, 4 Year. Ireland Government Scholarship offers almost various academic fields and research areas. Various aspects of Ireland Government Scholarship are given below.

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

The program 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. 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 recognized 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 applicants who become scholars under the program are recognized as demonstrating world-class potential as future research leaders and in the quality of their ideas.

The Ireland Government Scholarship for postgraduate students will cover the following expenses

  • 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

Fields & Majors

The aim of Ireland Government Scholarship Programme is to support or intending to pursue, Full-Time Degree Masters or Doctorate in various Disciplines.

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Science

How to apply

Potential applicants should read the 2020 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Must have a Bachelor’s, or the equivalent Degree For Masters.
  2. Must have a Bachelor’s, Masters Degree or the equivalent Degree For Doctoral Degree.
  3. Result awaiting students can also apply.
  4. 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 honors.

Eligible Nationalities

Applicants Must meet BOTH of the following criteria: Be a National of a European Union member state OR Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland AND have been ordinarily resident in a European Union member state OR Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland for a continuous period of three of the five years preceding 1 September 2020.

Key dates

Deadline Date
Call open 5 September 2019
FAQ deadline 24 October 2019
Applicant deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 31 October 2019
Supervisor and referee deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 7 November 2019
Research office endorsement deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 14 November 2019
Call outcome End of March 2020
Scholarship start date 1 September 2020

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

If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, you should contact the research office in your proposed institution which will provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any queries they are unable to clarify to

For reasons of transparency and fairness to all applicants, the Council will not enter into written or telephone correspondence with any individual about the assessment process or their eligibility to apply.

Online Application for the Ireland Government Scholarship

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