The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Education and Skills and managed by the Council.
In 2018, we invested in a total of 1,193 postgraduate scholars, with over 5,000 individual scholarships for excellent research awarded to date.
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 eco-system. 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;
- awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.
The programme 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 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 applicants who become scholars under the programme are recognised as demonstrating world-class potential as future research leaders and in the quality of their ideas.
- 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
- All applicants:
- must have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s, or the equivalent, degree. 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 honours. If a scholar does not have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s, or the equivalent,degree, theymust possess a master’s degree. The Council’s determination of an applicant’s eligibility on these criteria is final;
- must not have had twoprevious unsuccessful applications to the programme, including strategic partner themes;
- must not have had two previous ineligible applications to the programme, including strategic partner themes;
- in the case of applications for a research master’s, mustnot currently hold, or have previously held, a Council scholarship;
- in the case of applications for a doctoral degree, must not currently hold, or havepreviously held, any Council scholarship other than thatwhich would have enabledthem to obtain a research master’s degree.
- .Applicants will fall under one of two categories based on nationality and residency.
- Category One: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.
- Category Two: All other applicantswho do NOT meet one or both criteria.
- The Council reserves the right to request documented evidence of an applicant’s nationality and residence.
- While the majority of scholarships will be awarded to applicants who fall under Category One, a proportion of scholarships will also be made to exceptional applicants who fall under Category Two. The number of awards that can be made to this category of applicant is small in comparison to the typical number of eligible applicationsin this category.
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.
31 October 2019