Government of Ireland International Scholarships Scheme for Foreign Master’s and PhD Students

Government of Ireland (GOI) International Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Postgraduate (Master’s, PhD)
Provider: Irish Government, HEIs
Country to Study in: Ireland

Scholarship Description
UPDATE: see current GOI Scholarship Programme
The Government of Ireland scholarship scheme is part of the implementation of the programme for Government to “develop cultural and diplomatic links with emerging markets including a scholarship scheme”.

The scholarships will highlight Ireland’s strengths as a centre of international education, promote links with priority countries and strengthen the internationalisation strategies of HEIs. Scholarships will be branded as prestigious awards reflecting the core messages about Ireland as a centre of international education. It is expected that for every scholarship winner, awareness will be raised of Ireland among many more potential students and staff. Scholarships must be regarded as highly desirable and value adding to individuals’ subsequent lives and careers.

The scheme will be managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Following a competitive process based on an annual call for proposals from eligible HEIs, the HEA will approve a defined number of scholarships under the scheme to successful HEIs. Successful HEIs will be responsible for selecting the students to be awarded scholarships and will be responsible for the implementation of the scholarship programme according to the terms and conditions set out by the HEA.

Government of Ireland International Scholarships will be awarded to high caliber higher education students from non-EEA countries.

Selection Criteria:
The panel will consider the extent to which proposed scholarships meet the criteria of 2013/2014 scholarships as outlined above, the HEI’s own applications and assessment processes, as well as the HEI’s own internationalization strategy and track record. The evaluations process will also give consideration to institutional and geographic spread subject to quality considerations.

Eligible groups
Countries outside the EU (i.e any non-EEA country)

Participating Institutions
Eligible Institutions for Call for Proposals 2013/2014:
Scholarships may be awarded to public, private or not-for-profit higher education providers which have access to the Education in Ireland brand. Scholarships will only be approved for programmes that lead to a higher education award that is included in the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at Levels 6 to 10, which is made by one of the following awarding bodies:
  • Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
  • Institutes of Technology with delegated authority to make awards
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • The seven Irish Universities
Fields of study
Any field of higher education study at master's and/or PhD levels. Scholarships may be approved for study across all disciplines.

Number of awards
It is expected that a total of 22 scholarships will be funded from the HEA in the academic year 2013/2014. NOTE that HEIs may also propose additional scholarships or rebranding of existing HEI scholarships, fully funded at the same level by the HEI, for inclusion under the Government of Ireland Scholarship Programme. Such scholarships would be subject to the same terms and conditions as all Government of Ireland scholarships.

Sponsorship duration
The scholarships are for a period of one year.
The scholarship may be for the final year of an undergraduate programme, a one year taught masters programme or for one year of a research programme (research masters or PhD programme).

Scholarship benefits
The HEA will award a scholarship fund to the student (through the HEI that the student is attending) amounting to €10,000 for one study year. This fund is directed at covering student costs and living expenses.

The HEI will be required to give a FULL fee waiver to the student for the scholarship year (i.e. tuition fee and registration charge are waived). This is the minimum matching funding requirement that institutions will be required to make to the scholarship programme.

Method of Application/Submission of Proposals
The call for proposals is issuing on 14th November 2012 and all documents will be available on the HEA website ( Any questions regarding the call for proposals should be submitted in writing via e-mail to John Lynch at by no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 28th November 2012. The answers to all questions received will be posted on the HEA website on Wednesday, 5th December 2012. Telephone queries cannot be accommodated.

Four hard copies of each HEI proposal should be submitted to:
John Lynch,
Policy, Planning and International Education,
Higher Education Authority,
Brooklawn House, Crampton Avenue,
Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge,
Dublin 4.

The words “Scholarships Proposal” and name and address of the applicant should be clearly legible on the front of the envelope, which should be sealed. One electronic copy of the document should be e-mailed to

Late proposals will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant unopened. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

It is important to read the Call for Proposals for GOI Scholarships 2013/2014 (pdf) and also visit the official website

Submission of proposals start 14th November 2012 and close 5pm on Wednesday, 5th December 2012. EXTENSION OF DEADLINE: Following requests from a number of HEIs, the HEA has agreed to extend the deadline for applications for GOI International Scholarships 2013/14. The new deadline will be 5pm on Friday 21st December 2012.

The HEA will advise HEIs of the outcome of the evaluation process by Friday, 8th February 2013.

The Government of Ireland International Scholarships scheme was established under the provisions of the Government’s International Education Strategy, 2010–2015. It will be operated in the higher education sector and funded in partnership between the Government and the higher education institutions (HEIs).

Application Deadline: 21 December 2012
Open to International students: Yes (non-EU students)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in Ireland for International Students

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