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. 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.
A stipend of €16,000 per annum.
A contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 annually.
Eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 annually.
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 honours. 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;
Must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the programme, including to 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, 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.
22 October 2020
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