The Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarships are open for students wanting to study Master’s or PhD in Ireland. It is an extremely competitive scholarship with only an 18% success rate in the past 5 years. However, it is available to international students from any country.
The scholarship program grants individual awards for research in the name of the applicant name. Moreover, funding is available across all disciplines. For example, archeology, and zoology. The deadline for the scholarship application is 12 October 2023. The selection process is objective using an international, independent expert peer review system. It is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science, and managed by the Council.
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships Eligibility
The Government of Ireland scholarship is available to all international students. However, they must fall under either of the 2 categories. The applicant must
- be a citizen of the EU member state, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland, and must have resided there for 3-5 years. (preceding October 2023)
- The other applicants will fall under category two.
Below is the list of the eligibility requirements for the scholarship that all applicants must meet. That is, applicants from categories 1 and 2 have to meet these requirements.
- Must have a first/second-class Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Applicants who don’t possess the same must have a Master’s degree.
- Additionally, the student must not have made previous unsuccessful attempts at the program, including strategic partner themes. For example, the EMBARK Scheme’s unsuccessful scholarship application
- Those applying for a Master’s scholarship must not hold or have held the Council Postgraduate Scholarship. However, students who have received scholarships to obtain a research master’s degree are eligible to apply
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships Benefits
The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships benefits are as follows. The maximum amount a person can receive in any year is €28,000/INR 24.99 lakh.
- €19,000 per annum stipend
- Tuition fees (including non-EU fees) up to €5,750 per annum;
- Research expenses of €3,250 per annum.
A majority of scholarships are awarded to candidates from category 1. However, students with exceptional records from Category 2 can also avail of the scholarship.
The scholarship funds a research master’s degree for up to 12 months, a structured research master’s degree for up to 24 months, and a Ph.D. degree between 36- 48 months. Most of the scholarships are available to Category 1 students. However, scholarships are granted to Category 2 students as well.
Interested students can visit the official website of the Irish Research Council to apply.