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Government of Ireland Research Masters and PhD Scholarships 2022 for International Students

Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship offers scholarships for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a research master’s or PhD (either traditional or structured), in any discipline, at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland.

Application Deadline: 21st October 2021

Eligible Countries: National and International

To Be Taken At (Country): Ireland

About the Award: The aim of the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, hereinafter referred to as the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, is to support suitably qualified research master’s and doctoral candidates pursuing, or intending to pursue, full-time research in any discipline.

A number of targeted scholarships are offered in collaboration with strategic funding partners.

Type: Masters, PhD


  • Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

    • 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, 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. This includes applications since 2010 to the EMBARK Scheme previously run by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, and the Government of Ireland Scholarship Scheme previously run by the Irish Council for Humanities and Social Sciences;
    • in the case of applications for a research master’s scholarship, applicants must not currently hold, or have previously held, a Council Postgraduate Scholarship;
    • in the case of applications for a doctoral degree scholarship, applicants must not currently hold, or have previously held, any Council Postgraduate Scholarship other than those which would enable them to obtain a research master’s degree
  • 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, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
    • have been ordinarily resident in a European Union member state, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland for a continuous period of three of the five years preceding 1 October 2021.

All other applicants will fall under category two.

While the majority of scholarships will be awarded to applicants who fall under category one, a proportion of awards will also be made to exceptional applicants who fall under category two. Please note that the Council may request documented evidence of an applicant’s nationality and residence.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: 

  • 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

Duration of Program:

  • Research master’s degree: 12 months
  • Structured research master’s degree: 24 months
  • Traditional doctoral degree: 36 months
  • Structured doctoral degree: 48 months

How to Apply: Potential applicants should read the 2022 Call Documents like the FAQ as well as 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.

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  1. Peace Onubuleze says

    Please can I get a link to a research group or mentor who can provide guides for these scholarships please ?

  2. Girma Giji says

    Dear, greetings to you I am mr Girma Giji from Ethiopia I am writing this application letter to you to get advice from you. I was write application and to get the scholarship chance many times but no respond that makes me too feel different direction please what you advice me now this is a good chance to me why I apply to you is because for longer time your cooperation with Ethiopia and helping Ethiopians is encourage me to apply you please help me when I heard from the former Ethiopian fathers and some of my previous instructors gives me information it makes me proud and more push me to apply to you and learn in your country universities if possible help me by yourself if not please find me the universities and connect with me may God bless you. I am sure that I Gus I am sure to get chance but still no answer. I need fully funded scholarship to learn PHD in monitoring and evaluation. I did my diploma from Jimma University in English language cumulative GPA 2.5 and my B.A from MizanTepi University in Sociology and social Anthropology cumulative GPA 2.4 and I have MBA in project management from le adstar and Ashland USA university cumulative GPA 3.61 and now I am at Jimma. I was academician, disciplined, diligent and friendly moreover I was well mannered, collaborative and kind person in communication among communities which really encourage my future working environment, social life, study plan and highly interested in my profession. Previously I have been working in Ethiopian Evangelical Church MekaneYesus South West Bethel Synod Development and social service commission Shain Participatory Forest Management Project as a Manager since October 1, 2011 up to September 2017. The project is an indigenous NGO funded by KNH (KINDER NOT HELF) Germany. I have also worked in different organization previously, CSA,/Central Statistics Authority/, zonal Communication and Truism office, regional Mass Media organization on radio and press and currently I am working in Action for Development Ethiopia funded by BMZ/WHH working on STRENGTHENING THE RESILIENCE OF AGRO-PASRTORALIST LIVELIHOODS in East Africa as PME officer working with three countries in Ethiopian side I am at Borena Zone yabello town and quarterly travel to Kenya , Uganda and back to Ethiopia and for more detail of academic background, work experience and personal information I have attached on my CV and other academic credential here with the letter. I would like to thank in advance for usual cooperation in considering me as one of the student candidates of your institution. Finally I am interesting to apply and to work with you in your institution. Therefore, if you consider my application and call me for the vacancy, I will be available. If you offer me the opportunity, I can assure you that to work with my full knowledge and experience to your best expectations.

  3. Kiros Tareke says

    very important for me change my life.
    so how can I get this chance.
    please help me


    goodmorning sir i wanted to confirm if the scholarship is full more over i have bachelor degree but with third class will i be allow for the master programme



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