Study in Ireland in the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Program 2022

Do you wish to study in Ireland for your postgraduate degree?

Then apply for the Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Program 2022 and get a fully funded education with a stipend of €18,500 per annum and direct research expenses paid for as well.

Application Deadline: 21 October 2021


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  • 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.


  1. Potential applicants should carefully ascertain whether or not they are eligible in advance of applying to either programme.
  •  All applicants will be required to complete and pass an eligibility quiz on the online application system prior to accessing an application form. Further information outlining what would deem an application ineligible is contained in section 8.
  •  There is no age limit for applicants to be eligible for either programme type.
  •  All applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Irish higher education institution or research-performing organisation. 
  •  The Irish Research Council is not in a position to 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, which may be funded); or   

▪ creation of human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.  

  • Applications will only be accepted in either the Irish or English language3
  •  Applicants must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the relevant programme, including to strategic partner themes. This applies regardless of whether the applicant has changed their host institution or research topic since a previous submission.

Check out list of eligible Irish institutions here.

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Application Instructions

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About the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Program

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.

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:

  • 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; and
  • awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.
  • 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 Scholarship Programme is highly competitive, with an average success rate of 18% over the past five years. Successful awardees under the programme are recognised as demonstrating world-class potential as future research leaders.

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Call open : 16:00 (Irish time) 2 September 2021
  • FAQ deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 14 October 2021
  • Applicant deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 21 October 2021
  • Supervisor and referee deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 4 November 2021
  • Research office endorsement deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 18 November 2021
  • Call outcome End of March 2022
  • Award start date 1 September 2022

Please note that the timings provided here are indicative and may be subject to change.

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

Strategic funding partners

A number of government departments and agencies partner with the Irish Research Council to support the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme as a mechanism to deliver on shared national objectives. The Irish Research Council’s strategic funding partners for 2022 are:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Met Éireann
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