Employment Based Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for International Students in Ireland, 2018

Scholarships: The Higher Education Authority is offering Employment-Based Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. Scholarships are available for suitably qualified individuals to take up an employment-based award to carry out research leading to a postgraduate qualification in any discipline, granted by an eligible HEI within Ireland.

Host College/University: The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant research community in Ireland by supporting excellent researchers in all disciplines from arts to zoology.

Degree level: Scholarships are available for pursuing postgraduate programme. 

Field of Study: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university.

Scholarship Award: The total value of the Employment Based Programme Scholarship, will be up to a maximum of €24,000 in any approved year for the duration of the Scholarship and will consist of the following:

  • A contribution of €16,000 to the employment of the Scholar.
  • A contribution of up to a maximum of €5,750 to Scholarship fees (including non-EU Scholarship fees). In the event of any differential between this contribution and the institutional fee, this must be paid by the Scholar and/or HEI and/or Employment Partner. Scholars who hold a fee waiver from their HEI, or where no fee is required, or where fees are paid in full or in part by a third party, must inform the Council and the appropriate offices in their HEI and will not be eligible for the fee portion of the Scholarship.
  • Eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum to enable the scholar to carry out the research project. Please see Appendix III for guidance on what is considered an eligible direct research cost.

Nationalities: International students are eligible for this scholarship program. Scholarship can be taken in Ireland.

Eligibility Criteria: Scholars must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Must not have applied more than once to the Scheme and at the time of application:
  • Be a new entrant to the degree for which they are to receive Council
  • Funding and have been formally accepted by the relevant department/school by, at the latest, 1 st October 2018; or
  • Fulfil the criteria in Clause 4.5 if already registered and part of the degree has been completed.  and in the case of
  • Research Masters Scholarships, not currently holding or having previously held a Council Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • Degree Scholarships, not currently holding or having previously held any Council Postgraduate Scholarship other than those which would enable them to obtain a Research Masters Degree.

Scholars from any country may hold a Council Postgraduate Scholarship.

However, Scholars must:

  • Maintain her/his principal residence in Ireland (as defined) during the period of the Scholarship.
  • Satisfy the State’s regulations on immigration and have the support of their HEI and Employment Partner with respect to these regulations and requirements if not a national of a member state of the European Union (EU). This must be completed in advance of signing a contract with the IRC.
  • The candidate should have a very good command of English language. Therefore, the application should be written in English.

Applying procedure Instructions: Applications (including an academic supervisor, employment mentor and referee forms) will only be accepted through the online application system.

The mode of applying is online.   

Scholarships Official Web Links:

Online Application: ◄–

Scholarship Link: ◄–

Scholarship Deadline: April 12, 2018

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