This is a huge opportunity for all who wish to further their education in a foreign country and under a scholarship. The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2019 is meant for you. We will show you all you need to know and how you can apply for this scholarship opportunity.
The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2019 is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Education and Skills 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 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;
- with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners, awards for bottom-up, non-directed research.
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2019
Below is how the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme works.
How It Works
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 Scholarships Programme is highly competitive, with an average success rate of 19% over the last 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
- Must have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s, or the equivalent, degree2 . 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, they must possess a master’s degree. The Council’s determination of an applicant’s eligibility on these criteria is final;
- Must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the programme, including strategic partner themes;
- n the case of applications for a research master’s, must not currently hold, or have previously held, a Council scholarship;
- In the case of applications for a doctoral degree, must not currently hold, or have previously held, any Council scholarship other than that which would have enabled them to obtain a research master’s degree.
|Call open||6 September 2018|
|FAQ deadline||25 October 2018|
|Applicant deadline||16:00 (Irish time) 1 November 2018|
|Supervisor and referee deadline||16:00 (Irish time) 8 November 2018|
|Research office endorsement deadline||16:00 (Irish time) 15 November 2018|
|Call outcome||End of March 2019|
|Scholarship start date||1 September 2019|
Please note that the timings provided here are indicative and may be subject to change.
If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, you should contact the research office in your proposed institution which will provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any queries they are unable to clarify to [email protected].
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Duration.
- Research master’s degree – 1 year
- Structured research master’s degree – 2 years
- Traditional doctoral degree – 3 years
- Structured doctoral degree – 4 years
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Categories.
Applicants will fall under one of two categories based on nationality and residency.
- For 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 October 2019.
- All other applicants will fall under category two.
How to apply
Potential applicants should read the 2019 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.
However, to apply for the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2019, here is your guide.
Add the [email protected] email address to your contacts BEFORE you attempt the registration process.
- Log onto the application portal.
- You are expected to fill the opened form.
- Then, click on “submit”.
This is the first step of the application process. After you have completed and submitted this form, you will receive an email with a username and password which will enable you to access your Irish Research Council profile and start your application.