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Scholarships to study in Ireland

Cut down your education costs by applying scholarships to study in Ireland

Studying in Ireland can become quite an expensive affair, but if you plan well in advance, you can apply to a range of scholarships offered by the Irish universities and colleges. Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution. Many scholarships and bursaries are also offered by the Irish government, and various private and public establishments as well. When applying to any of these scholarships, make sure you check the criteria carefully, along with the application closing date.

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What is the criteria for applying to scholarships?

The most important criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however, it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage. Keep in mind that every scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. While in some, a mere application may suffice, while for others you may have to fulfil several other conditions. For instance, in research centric programs, you may have to submit written assignments. Do not hesitate to contact the university admission centre if you have any doubts.

What amount of money is available through scholarships?

The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures. You may experience higher competition when you apply for government scholarships in comparison to the university scholarships. So, we suggest you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before your preferred intake begins. 

Here’s an overview of some of the common scholarships programs available for Srilankan students in Ireland:

S. No.

Name of the scholarship

Description

1

The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship

Under this initiative, 60 scholarships are granted for 1-year study at Bachelors, Masters or PhD levels, if you have been offered to study in Irish higher education institution. Upon securing the scholarship, you will receive:

  • A €10,000 stipend for 1 year of study
  • Fully funded tuition and other registration  costs at the higher education institution opted for

(Source: http://eurireland.ie/2020/02/10/government-of-ireland-international-education-scholarships-2020/)

2

The Walsh Fellowship

  • Awarded to postgraduates relevantly working on projects related to Teagasc Research and Knowledge Transfer Program, majorly in fields of food, crops, animal and grasslands, environment, economics and rural development. The fellowship commemorates late Dr. Tom Walsh contribution to agriculture and food research in Ireland.
  • There are up to 30 new places each year with a grant of €22,000 per student. The duration is Up to two years for MSc course and four years a maximum for a PhD program and location is preferably Teagasc Research Centre. 
  • The applications for scholarships are invited in each June and deadline extends to early-September. For applications are not invited from individual PG student and it does not include taught (non-research) postgraduate programmes 
  • Application deadline: 10th September, 2020

(Source: https://www.teagasc.ie/about/research--innovation/postgraduate-scholarships/)

3

Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2020

This scholarship is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and managed by the Council. This opens up a gateway for international students to pursue their Research MS and PhD or Direct PhD (MS leading to PhD). The amount includes: -

  • 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

(Source: http://research.ie/funding/goipg/)

*This is an indicative list, please speak with your counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

Most Irish universities and colleges also have their own list of scholarships for Srilankan students. Don’t worry if you get stuck anywhere, our counsellors will be more than happy to guide you through.

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

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