Scholarships 2021-2022

Government of Ireland Fully-Funded Postgraduate Scholarships 2021 for International Students

Irish Research Council Scholarships Program 2021

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 Council.

In 2019 alone, we invested a total of over €13.6 million on 809 Government of Ireland Postgraduate scholars across six calls (2013-2019).

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 ecosystem. Among its features are:

  1. An objective selection process using international, independent expert peer review
  2. Individual, prestigious awards for excellent research in the name of the applicant
  3. Awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.
  4. Funding across all disciplines, from archaeology to zoology

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 recognized as demonstrating world-class potential as future research leaders and in the quality of their ideas.

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 recognized that advancing fundamental understanding is achieved by integrating information, techniques, tools, and perspectives from two or more disciplines.

Financial Coverage and Benefits of Ireland Government Scholarship Program 2021

  1. A stipend of €16,000
  2. A contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750
  3. Eligible direct research expenses of €2,250
Deadline Date
Call open 3 September 2020
FAQ deadline 22 October 2020
Applicant deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 29 October 2020
Supervisor and referee deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 5 November 2020
Research office endorsement deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 12 November 2020
Call outcome End of March 2021
Scholarship start date 1 September 2021

Potential applicants should read the 2021 Government of Ireland 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.

Eligibility of Ireland Government Scholarship Program 2021

  • 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 honors. 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.
  • All applicants must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the programme, including
    strategic partner themes.
  • In 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, one 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.
  • 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
  • have been ordinarily resident 6 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 2021.
  • Category Two: All other applicants who do NOT meet one or both criteria.
  • The Council reserves the right to request documented evidence of an applicant’s nationality and residence.

How to Apply for Irish Government Scholarship Program 2021

  1. In order to register as an applicant on the online system for the first time, click here and complete the applicable registration form as prompted.
  2. Once you have filled in the required details, click ‘submit’ at the bottom of the registration page. A confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email address you have provided. This email confirms that you have successfully registered for the online system and will issue you with a username and password.
  3. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder and ensure that the [email protected] email address is on your ‘safe senders’ list. If you are using an institutional or work email account, you may need to check with your IT department to ensure there is no issue with your organization’s internal firewall.
  4. Once you have received your username and password, you should access the online system here using the login details provided.
  5. If you have lost or forgotten your password, navigate to this link and click ‘Forgot password?’. A system-generated password will be forwarded to your email address. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder. Please note that it may take up to 15 minutes to receive the email containing your new password.


  • When you log into the online system, you will be presented with the ‘home’ screen below where you can create and edit your application prior to the application deadline.
  • Begin creating your application by clicking on the ‘open calls’ icon.
  • Click on the ‘Begin Eligibility Quiz’ button to access a short quiz which will determine whether or not you are eligible to apply to the programme.
  • Potential applicants who are not eligible to apply to the programme will receive the following message and will not be able to complete an application form: You are not eligible for the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • Potential applicants who are eligible to apply to the programme will receive the following message and should click the ‘continue to application’ button at the bottom of the page: You are eligible for the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Please click continue to Application Button below.
  • Once the application form is open, MAKE SURE you click on ‘Save Draft’ before closing the application window. Failure to do so will stop re-submitting the Eligibility Quiz and from opening a new application. The Council will not reset Eligibility Quiz or Applications.
  • After clicking ‘Save Draft’, the application form can then be accessed. Begin by selecting the appropriate scholarship theme for which you are applying and entering your project title.
  • Your proposed higher education institution should be selected using the ‘Irish research body’ field. Use the predictive text field or click the ‘lookup’ button and select the appropriate checkbox next to your proposed higher education institution and it will be associated with your application.
  • Once you have associated a higher education institution with your application, click ‘save draft’. At this point, your draft application has been created. The tabs below will appear at the top of the application form. The system will default to ‘edit’ mode and you can input information and save it by clicking the ‘save draft’ button at the bottom of the page.
  • If you have selected ‘yes’ to your application being in Irish, you now have the option to ‘upload’ your own English translation in PDF format.
  • The ‘applicant details’ section is largely populated based on your personal profile. If you would like to update any of this information, click ‘save draft’ and navigate back to the home screen where you can find the ‘Manage your profile’ icon.
  • For scholars who have already completed part of the postgraduate degree for which they are seeking funding, the duration of funding to be awarded is dependent on the type of postgraduate degree being pursued and the date of first registration. It is important to enter the date of first registration correctly as it is used to assess your eligibility for the type of degree selected and, if eligible, the duration of funding
  • Please only add participants to your application form under the ‘primary and additional participants’ tab. The participant’s section should be ignored on all other tabs.

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