Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

There are a limited number of Scholarships available for Postgraduate Study in NCAD. We also encourage applicants to seek out funding opportunities that may be available to them. Details of MA scholarships in the Schools of Visual Culture and Fine Art and PhD studentships in all areas for 2022/23 appear below. These scholarships will recognise excellence, outstanding achievement and potential. The scholarships are awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students. 

NCAD Fees & Grants Office

If you have any questions on fee payument schedules or eed to know the fee applicable to your chosen Programme you can visit the Fees and Grants Section at the link below. The team there will be happy to help. 

Fees & Grants Office

Funding & Grant Opportunities for Postgraduate Study 

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Most NCAD students in receipt of a grant have applied to SUSI. More infomation including eligibility criteria can be found on the SUSI Wesbite. Please note: application queries should be sent directly to SUSI who operate independently of NCAD.

Tax Relief on Student Fees

Tax relief is available on postgraduate tuition fees. You can find more infomation available here

Where else can I find information? 

Please visit the Higher Education Authority's website with information on Third Level Fees & Funding

NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships

Disciplines:  all disciplines, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary
Value: up to €106,000 over 4 years
Closing date: Monday, 27 March 2023

The NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships offered in Humanities and Social Sciences include Business, Law and Psychology. The NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships offered in Sciences and Engineering include all branches of Sciences, Engineering and Architecture. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary Studentships are eligible and encouraged to apply.

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Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in NCAD

School of Visual Culture

One scholarship is available for a student on each of the School's MA programmes (Art in the Contemporary World and Design History and Material Culture). The scholarships cover the tuition fees for the programmes and all applicants are eligble including EU and non EU students and those applying to study part time or full time. They are awarded on the basis of prior academic achievement and future potential. The recipient of the Art in the Contemporary World award will act as a champion for the programme (sometimes by editing its website).

Applicants who wish to be considered should apply for admission to the programme in the normal way. In addition they should submit a one page covering letter outlining their academic achievements and the reason why they should be considered for the scholarship.

The deadline to be considered for the Art in the Contemporary World MA scholarship is 30th June 2023 and the Design History and Material Culture MA scholarship is 31st May 2023. Both programmes commence in September 2023. 

School of Fine Art

Continuing NCAD Graduates and NCAD Alumni are eligible for a reduced tuition fee of €4,400 per academic year. (The normal fee rate is €5,400 per academic year).

PhD Studentships

Each year NCAD offers a number of Research Student Scholarships to meet the cost of fees for PhD and MLitt students commending study in the autumn. (Living costs are not covered by the scheme). 

Five scholarships will be available for students commencing study in 2023-4.

The Scholarships are intended to support new doctoral research in key fields where we have specialist interests and expertise. They are

  1. Sustainability, Circular Economies & Environmental Futures
  2. Healthcare, Wellbeing and Medtech Innovation
  3. Collaborative Practices
  4. Material Cultures, Physical & Digital Making: Heritage & Futures 
  5. Future Teaching Practices, Student Culture/s and Pedagogies 
  6. Critical Technologies, Human Interfaces & Hybrid Objects
  7. Structures, Systems & Power
  8. Gender, Identities & Cultures

More details on our research interests can be found here.

Students who are awarded Research Student Scholarships can be registered in any of the four Schools of the College. They can be registered as 'by practice' or 'by thesis' researchers.

Scholarships can be awarded to full and part time students and cover the full period of registration (up to a maximum of 4 full time years or the part time equivalent). 

The Scholarships are offered after application and interview. Priority will be given to applications which are received by 2nd May 2023. They are awarded on the basis of the quality of application, and the experience and skills of the candidate. 

On the Research and Innovation at NCAD pages of this website, you will find information on: research topics of current and recently completed PhD students; the work of our teaching and research staff; directions in research; and examples of some of our research and innovation partners.