Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2018

Deadline: 01 November 2017
Open to: a national of a European Union member state, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, and have been ordinarily resident in a European Union member state, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland for a continuous period of three of the five years preceding 1 October 2018
Benefits: a stipend of 16,000 EUR per annum

Description

This programme offers scholarships for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a research master’s or PhD (either traditional or structured), in any discipline, at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland. In addition, a number of targeted scholarships are offered in collaboration with our strategic funding partners. The aim of the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, hereinafter referred to as the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, is to support suitably qualified research master’s and doctoral candidates pursuing, or intending to pursue, full-time research in any discipline .

Eligibility

Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

have a first class or upper second-class honors 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 honors 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;

must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the programme, including strategic partner themes. This includes applications since 2009 to the EMBARK Scheme previously run by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, and the Government of Ireland Scholarship Scheme previously run by the Irish Council for Humanities and Social Sciences;

-in the case of applications for a research master’s scholarship, applicants must not currently hold, or have previously held, a Council Postgraduate Scholarship;

-in the case of applications for a doctoral degree scholarship, applicants must not currently hold or have previously held, any Council Postgraduate Scholarship other than those which would enable them to obtain a research master’s degree

Applicants will fall under one of two categories based on nationality and residency. For category one, applicants must meet BOTH of the following criteria:

-be a national of a European Union member state, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland;

-have been ordinarily resident3 in a European Union member state, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland for a continuous period of three of the five years preceding 1 October 2018;

All other applicants will fall under category two;

While the majority of scholarships will be awarded to applicants who fall under category one, a proportion of awards will also be made to exceptional applicants who fall under category two. Please note that the Council may request documented evidence of an applicant’s nationality and residence.

Benefits

  • a stipend of 16,000 EUR per annum;
  • a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of 5,750 EUR per annum;
  • eligible direct research expenses of 2,250 EUR per annum.

How to apply?

Potential applicants should read the 2018 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.

For more information please visit the official website.

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 [email protected].