Funding & Support

Scholarships are available for students at all levels of study and are based on a variety of criteria.

NCAD Scholarships

Each year NCAD offers a number of MA scholarships and PhD studentships to incoming students. These scholarships recognise excellence, outstanding achievement and potential in Art, Design and Visual Culture. The scholarships, worth full tuition fees (exception MFA Fine Art, see details below), are awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students. Information will appear on these pages in early 2020.

Useful Links

Understanding the awards/grants application process

Funding Sources

The Arts Council

The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. The Arts Council maintains an active database outlining a variety of awards available for artists.

Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland operates a range of funding programmes to support and promote the presentation of Irish arts internationally. Current initiatives include a regular grants round.

Fulbright Ireland

The Fulbright Awards provide opportunities for Irish citizens, and E.U. citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for 3+ years, to research, study, or lecture in the USA through a variety of grants.

Health Research Board

The Health Research Board (HRB) is a state agency that supports research and provides funding schemes for projects which aim to prevent illness, improve health, and transform patient care.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest programme for research and innovation and has a budget of nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). 

Irish Research Council

The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant research community in Ireland by supporting excellent researchers across all career stages and disciplines. It offers funding through the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme.

Royal Irish Academy

The Royal Irish Academy champions research and recognises Ireland’s world class researchers. They support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. Details of grants and funding opportunities are listed here.