Government of Ireland (Masters & PhD) Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2020 for study in Ireland

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Application Deadline: 24 October 2019

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Education and Skills and managed by the Council.

In 2018, we invested in a total of 1,193 postgraduate scholars, with over 5,000 individual scholarships for excellent research awarded to date.

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 eco-system. 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;
  • awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.

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. Proposals of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged as it is recognised that advancing fundamental understanding is achieved by integrating information, techniques, tools and perspectives from two or more disciplines.

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 recognised 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 per annum
  • eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum

Key dates

Deadline Date
Call open5 September 2019
FAQ deadline 24 October 2019
Applicant deadline16:00 (Irish time) 31 October 2019
Supervisor and referee deadline16:00 (Irish time) 7 November 2019
Research office endorsement deadline16:00 (Irish time) 14 November 2019
Call outcomeEnd of March 2020
Scholarship start date1 September 2020

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2020


  1. Hello,my name is Fanuel Kidane from Eritrea .I am history graduate.And am very much eager to get Post graduate opportunity .

  2. Am from Kenya.Eunice Ouru 35 yes old agraduate teacher.but wish to do my Masters in women Empowerment course.Am also aperson with adisability.kindly assist with links.

  3. I have bachelors degree in public health nursing and masters degree in public health with a special concentration in health economics . I have 10 years hospital and 3 years academic and team coordination experience . I have experiences of data collection leading and coordinating community health projects together with the Ethiopian public health institute. after my post graduation with high distinction(3.94), I am now working as a public health lecturer and community based health insurance case team coordinator at university hospital in Addis Ababa. I have high interest and experience in public health and health care financing researches with 2 published articles on international journals. Having seen my experiences , I am sure that that I will fit for your the free funded scholarship in your university
    thank you


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