Funding & Support

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

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. The current initiatives include a Regular grants round, the See Here scheme, Delegate Scheme and a Showcase programme.

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). There are a number of research themes currently being funded by the EU.

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.

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.

Current Funding Opportunities

Award Name

Funding Body



Eoin O’Mahony Bursary In Irish History

Royal Irish Academy The Eoin O’Mahony Bursary in Irish History was established in memory of the genealogist and newspaper columnist Eoin O’Mahony, and is open to candidates engaged in historical research on subjects of Irish interest, including family history projects, particularly those associated with the ‘Wild Geese’. The grant provides support for the direct costs of consulting sources which are not available in Ireland. 19-Mar-19

Artist in the community scheme

The Arts Council The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage. 25-Mar-19

Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Awards

Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust The purpose of the competition is to assist (a) students registered at Irish (including Northern Irish) third level educational institutions, and (b) practitioners of the visual arts and design. The financial assistance is provided so that the applicant can complete a project in the area of visual culture, visual arts and/or design. The Trustees use criteria including whether the project is interesting, novel, important and/or will contribute significantly to the applicant's intellectual and personal development. 25-Mar-19

Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award

Burren College of Art

Burren College of Art is inviting applications for the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award 2019. We are excited to announce that in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the opening of Burren College of Art, we have received Arts Council Ireland support for the 2019 Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award.


Deis recording and publication award

The Arts Council The purpose of the Deis Recording & Publication Award is to provide support for traditional arts projects, or projects involving collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms, that focus on the recording or publication of work. 4-Apr-19

Arts and Disability Connect

The Arts Council Arts and Disability Connect (ADC) is a scheme open to artists with disabilities working in any artform. 8-Apr-19
Support forthe Development of Audiovisual Content-Single Projects Creative Europe The MEDIA Sub-programme shall provide support for:the development of European audiovisual works,in particular films and television works such as fiction, documentaries, children’s and animated films, as well as interactive works such as videogames and multimedia with enhanced cross-border circulation potential; activities  aiming to  support European audiovisual  production  companies, in  particular  independent production  companies, with  a  view  to  facilitating  European  and  international  co-productions  of audiovisual works including television works. 24-Apr-19

Markievicz award

The Arts Council The purpose of this award is to provide support for artists from all backgrounds and genres to buy time and space in order to develop new work that reflects on the role of women in the period covered by the decade of centenaries 2012-23, and beyond. 25-Apr-19

Touring and dissemination of work scheme

The Arts Council Applications are invited for proposals seeking funding in support of initiatives that are of high artistic quality and that generally have a strong audience focus. This scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work in certain arts disciplines for tours starting between January 2020 and June 2020, and is open to applicants who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Tours may travel to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 02-May-19

Traditional arts commissions award

The Arts Council The Traditional Arts Commissions Award supports fees paid to artists for commissions in the field of Traditional Arts (i.e. commissions involving traditional music, song, dance or oral arts). The award also supports collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms that are in line with the Arts Council’s policy on the traditional arts. 02-May-19
Applied Partnership Awards 2019 Health Research Board This award is intended for research projects which address specific needs in the Irish health or social care system and aims to a improve decision-making in the knowledge user organisation 13-Sep-19
Travel and Training Award

The Arts Council

Funding is available for travel in 2019 in Architecture, Arts Participation, Circus, Dance, Festivals, Film, Literature, Music, Opera, Street Arts and Spectacle, Theatre, Traditional Arts, Venues, Visual Arts and Young People, Children and Education (YPCE).  

HRB Internship Programme 2017

Health Research Board

The Health Research Board (HRB) is committed to building capacity in health research, and to encouraging and supporting early and mid-stage researchers to develop their careers. Our Internship Programme gives researchers who have recently earned a PhD or an MSc an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a State agency alongside experienced professionals. Next call in 2019

Research Visits – Ulysses 2018

Health Research Board

The HRB is partnering with the Irish Research Council’s (IRC) Ulysses travel grant to fund a number of research visits to France in three areas:

    Patient-oriented and clinical research.
    Population health research
    Health services research.

Next call May 2019
Fulbright Irish Student Awards

Fulbright Ireland

The Fulbright Irish Student Awards are grants for Irish citizens, or E.U. citizens resident in ROI for 3+ years, to complete postgraduate research in the U.S. for a period of 4 months, up to 1 year. Preference will be given to visiting researcher applicants in the latter stages of their PhDs. Next call Aug 2019
Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Awards 2019 Fulbright Ireland The Fulbright Commission and the Health Research Board (HRB) are offering a unique opportunity for Irish professionals with five or more years’ experience in their field to travel to the USA to undertake research or professional development in any area of health. Next call Sept 2019