The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is pleased to issue the 2020 Call under the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships Programme. Under the initiative, 60 scholarships will be provided for one year of study at Bachelor, Master or Ph.D. levels to successful candidates who have an offer of a place at an eligible Irish higher education institution.
The offer is open to students from non-EU/EEA countries and is applicable to all fields of study.
The aim of the 2020 GOI-IES scheme is to reflect Ireland’s engagement in target
partner countries. The scheme is operated in the higher education sector and funded
in partnership between the Government and the higher education institutions (HEIs).
Scholarships will be branded as prestigious awards reflecting the core messages about
Ireland as a centre of international education. It is expected that for every scholarship
winner, awareness of Ireland will be raised among many more potential students.
Benefits of the Ireland Government Scholarship 2021
- The Higher Education Authority (HEA) will award a scholarship fund to the student (through the HEI that
the student is attending) amounting to €10,000 for one study year.
- This fund is directed at covering student costs and living expenses.
- The Higher Education Authority (HEA) will be required to give a FULL fee waiver to the student for the
scholarship year (i.e. tuition fee and registration charge are waived).
- It is expected that a total of 60 scholarships will be funded by the
Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships for the
academic year 2020/2021.
Details of Ireland Government Scholarship 2021 Scheme
The scholarship may be for:
- The final year of an undergraduate programme;
- One year of a taught master’s degree programme or;
- One year of a research programme (i.e. one year of a 2-year
- Research masters or a 3-4-year PhD programme).
➢ Possess excellence (academically, personally, professionally, creatively);
➢ Excellent communication skills;
➢ Extra curriculum activities (for example humanitarian work; politics local, national, international; arts; sports);
➢ Possess a strong rationale for pursuing their study in Ireland that indicates
how a GOI-IES fits into their longer-term goals.
Evaluation Criteria of Ireland Government Scholarship 2021
Eligible students are invited to submit applications to the HEA via the official
online application process. A marking system (total of 100 marks) is part of the call with the relevant scores shown in brackets after the key selection criteria.
The applications must cover the following, as requested in the online application tool:
- Academic qualifications, achievements and/or work experience (40
- Personal Statement (refer to the Candidate profile). Applicants will be
required to demonstrate:
- The benefit of becoming a GOI-IES Scholar; to themselves
(personally and professionally), to Ireland, as well as their
country of origin. (15 marks);
- How they will extend themselves beyond their project/studies
to become actively involved in Irish society in order to maximize
their academic/cultural exchange experience and to raise
awareness of the GOI-IES scheme in Ireland and beyond (15
- The extent to which they have a long-term interest in Ireland
and how they will promote links with Ireland during their time
as Scholars and also after as Alumni (15 marks).
- Two references uploaded via the online application portal (please note
that the HEA is not able to accept references submitted via email or
other sources outside of the online application portal) (15 marks)
Eligible Institutions for Applications of Ireland Government Scholarship 2021
The following is a list of all institutions eligible under the GOI-IES 2020 programme:
- Athlone Institute of Technology
- College of Computing Technology, Dublin
- Cork Institute of Technology
- Dublin Business School
- Dublin City University
- Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
- Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Galway Business School
- Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
- Griffith College, Dublin
- ICD Business School, Dublin
- Independent College, Dublin
- Institute of Technology, Carlow
- Institute of Technology, Sligo
- Institute of Technology, Tralee
- Letterkenny Institute of Technology
- Limerick Institute of Technology
- Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
- Maynooth University
- National College of Art and Design, Dublin
- National College of Ireland, Dublin
- The National University of Ireland, Galway
- The National University of Ireland, Maynooth
- Royal College of Surgeons
- Technological University for Dublin
- Trinity College Dublin
- University College Cork
- University College Dublin
- University of Limerick
- Waterford Institute of Technology
Deadline of Ireland Government Scholarship 2021
The Call for Applications will issue 10 February 2020 and is now live and accepting applications.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm on Friday 27 March 2020
(Irish Time). Late applications will not be accepted.