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Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Program

The program of scholarships Graduate Government of Ireland is a national initiative established, funded by the Department of Higher and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and managed by the Council.

In 2019 alone, we invested a total of over € 13.6 million in 809 Irish Government Postgraduate Fellows in six calls (2013-2019).

The program of scholarships Irish Government graduate is unique in the Irish research landscape and complements other postgraduate training channels funded Irish ecosystem. Among its characteristics are:

  • individual and prestigious awards for excellent research on behalf of the candidate;
  • an objective selection process using peer review of international and independent experts;
  • funding in all disciplines, from archeology to zoology;
  • of scholarships for non-directed bottom-up research, except for those financed by our strategic financial partners.

The program offers exceptional students the opportunity to conduct their own research early in their careers, working with a supervisor, in their chosen area of ​​interest. Pioneering proposals focusing on new and emerging research areas or introducing creative and innovative approaches are welcome. Proposals of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged as it is recognized that the advancement of fundamental understanding is achieved by integrating information, techniques, tools and perspectives from two or more disciplines.

The program of scholarships Irish Government graduate is very competitive, with an average success rate of 18% over the past five years . Successful applicants who become academics under the program are recognized as demonstrating world-class potential as future research leaders and by the quality of their ideas.

What we offer

  • an allowance of € 16,000 per year
  • a contribution to costs, including non-EU costs, up to a maximum of € 5,750 per year
  • eligible direct research costs of € 2,250 per year

How to register

Potential applicants should carefully read the Irish Government Terms and Conditions 2021 to determine whether or not they are eligible. Indicative versions of the candidate, supervisor and referent forms are provided for information purposes only. All participants must create and submit their forms through the online system .

Scholarships from strategic funding partners

In addition to the undirected appeal, a number of government departments and agencies have partnered with the Council to support scholarships in strategic research areas as a mechanism to achieve our common national goals. The strategic financing partners program of scholarships Irish 2021 Government of graduate are the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) – Irish Aid; the Department of Business , Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI); and Met Éireann.

In partnership with them, we invite applications for the following scholarships :

  • Environmental Protection Agency Graduate Scholarship
  • Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution (funded by DFA – Irish Aid)
  • Countess Markievicz Graduate Scholarship in Female Leadership (funded by DBEI)
  • The Met Éireann Graduate Scholarship

The documentation for the call in the bar right side includes complete details and tips on each of these scholarships strategic funding partners.

Please note that although applicants can apply for only one scholarship theme, those who choose to apply for a Strategic Funding Partner scholarship will also be considered for an Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarship.

Key dates

Open callSeptember 3, 2020
FAQ deadlineOctober 22, 2020
Application deadline16:00 (Irish time) October 29, 2020
Deadline for supervisor and referee4:00 p.m. (Irish time) November 5, 2020
Research office approval deadline4:00 p.m. (Irish time) November 12, 2020
Call resultEnd of March 2021
Start date of the scholarshipSeptember 1, 2021

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

If you cannot find the answer to your question in the call documentation, you should contact the research office of your proposed institution who will provide you with information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any questions they cannot clarify to  .

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

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