Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 (Fully Funded)

Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarships (Fully Funded)

The Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarships are established national initiatives, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and managed by the Irish Research Council. The Postgraduate Scholarships support suitably qualified research master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral candidates pursuing, or intending to pursue, full-time research in any discipline.

All You Need to Know about Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarships 2022

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.

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.

Hosted CountryScholarships in Ireland..
IssuedGovernment of Ireland.
Language of Instruction:English.
CoverageFully Funded.
Study Mode:Full-Time Study.
Eligibility:Master’s, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral.
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
No. of scholarships:Not specified.

Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarships Areas

Applicants are required to select a primary area from the following defined list:

  • Biological Sciences A.
  • Biological Sciences B.
  • Chemistry.
  • Computer Science.
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Engineering.
  • Mathematics.
  • Physics.
  • Study of the Human Past.
  • Cultures and Cultural Production.
  • Individuals, Institutions, Markets, Values, Behaviour the Mind and Environment.

Disciplines Under each primary area there is a defined list of disciplines to select from. These are listed in the tables that follow. Applicants should choose the discipline that most closely matches his/her proposed research. In considering the selection, the applicant should consider the methodology and techniques used in the research project.

Check all major following this link.

Government of Ireland Scholarship BENEFITS

  • 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.

the Irish Research Council received additional funding from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to enhance the number of postgraduate researchers. As a result, more funding might be awarded.


  • 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 organization.

Applications will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered for funding if:

  • An applicant submits more than one application to a given call.
  • An application does not have all the required participant forms, i.e. academic supervisor or mentor (as relevant) and two referee forms, completed in full and submitted via the online system by the relevant deadline. No hardcopies or email forms will be accepted.
  • The name of the academic supervisor or mentor included in the eligibility quiz on the online system does not match that on the application form.
  • More than one academic supervisor or mentor’s name is included in the eligibility quiz on the online system.
  • An application is incomplete or exceeds the word limits.
  • An application includes materials in a format other than those requested.

List of participated universities in the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

  • Dublin City University.
  • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
  • Athlone Institute of Technology.
  • Coláiste Mhuire Marino.
  • Cork Institute of Technology.
  • Dublin Dental Hospital.
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology.
  • Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology.
  • Galway–Mayo Institute of Technology.
  • 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 Ireland.
  • National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
  • Royal Irish Academy.
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music.
  • Technological University Dublin.
  • University College Cork.
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology.
  • University College Dublin.
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Application Procedures for Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarships 2022

  • In order to register as an applicant on the online system for the first time, click here and complete the applicant registration form as prompted.
  • 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.
  • Once you have received your username and password, you should access the online system here using the login details provided.


  • When you log into the online system, in the ‘home’ screen you can create and edit your application prior to the applicant 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.
  • After beginning the quiz, you may click on ‘save draft’, which will allow you to save your quiz and re-access it at a later time. To do so, after clicking on the ‘open calls’ icon, simply click on ‘Continue Eligibility Quiz’
  • Once you have completed the quiz, click on ‘submit’.

Follow all application steps following this link.

Scholarship Timeline

Key dates

Call open16:00 (Irish time) 2 September 2021
FAQ deadline16:00 (Irish time) 14 October 2021
Applicant deadline16:00 (Irish time) 21 October 2021
Supervisor and referee deadline16:00 (Irish time) 4 November 2021
Research office endorsement deadline16:00 (Irish time) 18 November 2021
Call outcomeEnd of March 2022
Award start date1 September 2022

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

The Irish Research Council is precluded from discussing results of the competition or the outcome of individual applications over the telephone or in writing.

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

Scholarship Official Website

You can check the scholarship website following this link.

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