Government of Ireland Scholarship Programme


The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and managed by the Irish Research Council. 

The scholarships support master’s or doctoral level research at eligible Irish higher-education institutions or research-performing organisations. 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.

The Irish Research Council cannot 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); or

– creation of human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem-cell procurement.

Deadline: 20 October 2022


– a stipend of €18,500 per annum;

– a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum; and

– eligible direct research expenses of €3,250 per annum.


– Age: There is no age limit for applicants.

– Nationality: Applicants from any country may hold a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship. However, it should be noted that a majority of the scholarships are awarded to applicants who are nationals of a European Union member state or Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, and who have been ordinarily resident in that country for a continuous period of three of the five years preceding 1 September 2023. A proportion of scholarships will also be awarded to exceptional applicants who are nationals of other countries.

– All applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Irish higher-education institution or research-performing organisation.

– All applications require an academic supervisor willing to guide the proposed research project. You should not add an academic supervisor to your application without their prior approval. Prior to creating an application, you should contact and discuss your research project with your proposed academic supervisor. This should be done well in advance of completing the online application.

– Applicants must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the relevant programme, including to strategic partner themes.

How to apply

Applications will only be accepted in either the Irish or English language.

Potential applicants should read the programme’s 2023 Call Document carefully to ascertain whether or not they are eligible to apply. Indicative versions of the applicant and supervisor forms are provided for information purposes only. All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system.

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