Government of Ireland Postgraduate Programme 2021-2022 Scholarship.

Government of Ireland Postgraduate Programme

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate 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.

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.

About Government of Ireland Postgraduate Programme

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. Through its international section, the HEA administers a wide variety of programmes with a global focus. The mission of the Department is to provide high-quality education which will (a) enable individuals to achieve their full potential and to participate fully as members of society; and (b) contribute to Ireland social, cultural and economic development.

Aim and Benefits of Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship

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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Requirements for Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Qualification

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.??

Application Deadline
October 21, 2021

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? CLICK HERE to apply

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.

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