Ireland Government Scholarship for International Students

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Program Overview

Internationalization of Irish higher education is a crucial component in the delivery of quality teaching, learning and research experience for students and staff and for building international engagement for the sector.

Therefore, the Irish government through the Higher Education Authority Authority (HEA) and on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills is proud to announce the Call of 2020 to organize the International Education Scholarship Program. Under the initiative, 60 scholarships will be awarded to successful candidates for one year of study at Bachelor, Masters or PhD levels in eligible Irish higher education institutions.

The purpose of the Ireland government scholarship 2020 is to reflect Ireland’s engagement in targeted allied countries. The program is designed in the higher education sector and is funded through partnerships between the Government and higher education institutions. These scholarships will be labeled as prestigious awards that reflect the core messages about Ireland as a center of global education. It is hoped that for each scholarship recipient, awareness of Ireland can be increased among many more potential students.

These scholarships will add value to the lives and career development of the recipients. Given this, the scholarships will be made for high caliber higher education students from non-EU/EEA countries to study in Ireland for a one-year study period. This offer is open to students, in which it can be applied to all fields of study.

Successful candidates will receive the following benefits:

  1. A grant of € 10,000 for one year of study (academic year 2020-2021)
  2. A full fee waiver of the tuition fees and other registration costs at higher education institutions
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Scholarships will only be approved for programs that lead to a higher education award that is included in the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at Levels 8 to 10, which is made by one of the following awarding bodies:

  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
  • Technological University and Institutes of Technology with delegated authority to make awards
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Irish Universities

Below is a list of all educational institutions that are eligible under the Government of Ireland’s International Education Scholarship Program.

  1. Athlone Institute of Technology
  2. College of Computing Technology , Dublin
  3. Cork Institute of Technology
  4. Dublin Business School
  5. Dublin City University
  6. Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  7. Dundalk Institute of Technology
  8. Galway Business School
  9. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  10. Griffith College , Dublin
  11. ICD Business School , Dublin
  12. Independent College , Dublin
  13. Institute of Technology, Carlow
  14. Institute of Technology, Sligo
  15. Institute of Technology, Tralee
  16. Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  17. Limerick Institute of Technology
  18. Mary Immaculate College , Limerick
  19. Maynooth University
  20. National College of Art and Design , Dublin
  21. National College of Ireland , Dublin
  22. National University of Ireland, Galway
  23. National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  24. Royal College of Surgeons
  25. Technological University for Dublin
  26. Trinity College Dublin
  27. University College Cork
  28. University College Dublin
  29. University of Limerick
  30. Waterford Institute of Technology


The following are the requirements that will apply to sign on an Ireland government scholarship:

  • All applicants must have legal permanent residence outside the EU/EAA countries or Switzerland.
  • Applications are welcome for under-represented groups.
  • All applications must have excellence in the academic sector, personality, professionalism, and creativity.
  • The applicants must demonstrate great communication skills.
  • The applicants must have experience in carrying out extra curriculum activities beforehand, such as: humanitarian work; politics at the local, national, international level; art; or sports.
  • All applicants must have a strong rationality to pursue their studies in Ireland which indicate how an Ireland government scholarship fits into their long-term goals.
  • All applicants will need to apply for admission to a relevant Bachelor, Master or PhD program provided by higher education institutions.
  • Applicants are expected to have a final or conditional offer from admission to the higher education institution chosen at the time of application and will be required to submit a copy of the same.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they will extend themselves beyond their studies or projects to become actively involved in Irish society with the aim of maximizing their academic or cultural exchange experience and to raise awareness of the Ireland government scholarship scheme in Ireland and beyond.
  • Applicants must submit two letters of reference to apply.
  • Selected candidates will be commence to study in September/October 2020. Later admissions will only be considered in relation to the awardees of PhD.
  • Students and their hosts may be asked to attend a welcoming event for the awardees of Ireland government scholarship around this time. An official welcoming event will be held in April 2021.
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How to Apply

Submissions for Ireland government scholarship applications include the following processes:

  1. Calls for Applications will be issued on February 10, 2020 and a centralized application system is now open and is accepting applications from eligible students.
  2. Applicants should submit their applications through
  3. The higher education institution will establish an independent International Assessment Panel to assess the applications received.
  4. All applications will be assessed purely based on materials received by higher education institutions at the time of submission.
  5. Applications will be first reviewed by the higher education institutions for eligibility. They will then share details of the applications with the relevant institutions from which the scholarship applicants has a conditional or final offers of a place.
  6. Only applications that meet a minimum threshold can be considered for the
    awarding of a scholarship.
  7. The top twelve ranked applications will be automatically funded on the basis of excellence, as they represent the top 20% of the 60 awards to be funded.
  8. The panels’ decision on whether to award a scholarship under this scheme is final.
  9. Each applicant that has been named in a successful application will be contacted to confirm that they are in a position to provide the required matching funding.
  10. Successful candidates will be required to meet each institution’s reporting requirements and will be required to participate in a small number of scholarship events.

Closing Date for Ireland Government Scholarship

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5 P.M. on Friday 27 March 2020 (Irish Time). Thus, should all applicants pay keen attention to the expired date for late applications will not be accepted. The International Assessment Panel will advise the applicants of the outcome of the evaluation process by 1 June 2020.

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Contact Person

For more information or Any questions regarding the call for applications should be submitted to no later than 27 March 2020, or read the official guidelines at Telephone queries cannot be accommodated.

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