Study in Ireland; Irish Government Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship Awards 2020

Irish Government Postgraduate Scholarships

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. The Government of Ireland, through its Department of Education and Skills is providing a funding opportunity for postgraduate students to study in Ireland with several benefits. This program was initiated in the year 2018, and a total of 1,193 postgraduate scholars have benefited from this scholarship scheme


Some of the features of this scholarship program are;

  1. an objective selection process using international, independent expert peer review;
  2. funding across all disciplines, from archaeology to zoology;
  3. individual, prestigious awards for excellent research in the name of the applicant;
  4. awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.



Scholarship Sponsor

Government of Ireland.


Host Universities

Universities in Ireland.

Scholarship Type

Fully Funded Scholarships.


Scholarship level

Masters and PhD programs

Subject Eligibility

All subject and research areas.

Country Eligibility

Domestic and International students.



Scholarship Benefits

  1. a stipend of €16,000 per annum
  2. a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum
  3. eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum



Application Timelines:

Deadline Date
Call open 5 September 2019
FAQ deadline 24 October 2019
Applicant deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 31 October 2019
Supervisor and referee deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 7 November 2019
Research office endorsement deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 14 November 2019
Call outcome End of March 2020
Scholarship start date 1 September 2020


  1. Potential applicants should read the 2020 Terms and Conditions carefully to ascertain whether or not they are eligible to apply.
  2. Indicative versions of the applicant, supervisor and referee forms are provided for information purposes only.
  3. All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system.

Application Link:


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