Funding & Support

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

NCAD Scholarships

NCAD are offering a number of MA scholarships and PhD studentships to incoming students for 2019/20. These scholarships will 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. Follow the link above for more information.

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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

Description

Deadline

Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate)

Irish Research Council The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a unique national initiative linking excellent researchers to enterprise. The scheme brings great research ideas into an enterprise partner with the support of a higher education institution. 17-Sep-19

HRB Internship Programme 2019

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. Please note that some eligibility criteria have changed from previous calls. 19-Sep-19
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.

25-Sep-19

Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

Irish Research Council

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is unique in the Irish research landscape and complements other channels for funded postgraduate education in the Irish eco-system. Among its features are:

individual, prestigious awards for excellent research in the name of the applicant;

an objective selection process using international, independent expert peer review;

funding across all disciplines, from archaeology to zoology;

awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.

31-Oct-19

Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship: Exploratorium

Fulbright Commission

Masters / PhD students are invited to apply for the 2020-2021 Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship to complete short-term research at the Exploratorium, San Francisco. The mission of this internationally renowned museum is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world.

Proposed research projects must demonstrate a commitment to innovation & creativity, and include substantive community engagement. Research on informal education &learning, archival research, studying teacher training, experiments in online or digital media, or other independent research that utilizes the resources of the Exploratorium, are also welcome.

31-Oct-19

Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship: Harry Ransom Center

Fulbright Commission

A post-graduate student twill be awarded a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship for 2020-21to complete short-term research at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The Center’s extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

Proposed research projects should engage substantively with the Ransom Center’s collections and must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and creativity, and include plans for both scholarly and community engagement.

31-Oct-19

Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships: The Smithsonian

Fulbright Commission

An Irish post-graduate student will be awarded a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship for 2020-21to complete short-term research at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The Smithsonian is the largest museum complex in the world and a premier international organization dedicated toward the increase & diffusion of knowledge through collections, facilities, and expertise.

Proposed research projects must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and creativity, and include substantive community engagement, as well as the ability to harness the transformative potential of arts, culture, creativity, scientific inquiry and heritage preservation through research collaborations.

31-Oct-19

Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Irish Research Council This programme aims to support suitably qualified applicants in any discipline to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at an eligible higher education institution in Ireland. Fellows will hold a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship. These fellowships can be held for either one or two years. 20-Nov-19
Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees / Cotutelle German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The aim of this programme is the funding of bi-national doctoral projects at the home university and at a university in Germany.
The programme offers two options:


Option a) Doctorate with bi-national supervision: The doctoral project is supervised both by a university teacher at the home university and an academic adviser at the host institute in Germany (so-called "sandwich model"). The project must be coordinated with both supervisors. Based on this flexible, multi-phase funding system, doctoral candidates start their doctoral degree in their home country but subsequently spend research periods in Germany. The doctorate is completed in the home country with participation of the German academic adviser; the doctoral degree is awarded by the home university.

Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure: Funding of bi-national doctoral degrees at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called "Cotutelle" procedure. The prerequisite is an individual cooperation contract between the participating universities about the doctoral project which is to be supervised. After successful completion of the doctorate, the German university and the foreign partner university award a doctoral degree together.

10-Jan-20

One-Year Grants for Doctoral Candidates

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD research grants provide foreign doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.

10-Jan-20

Short-Term Grants

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) DAAD research grants provide foreign doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research or continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues. 10-Jan-20
Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD wants to increase the number of international doctoral candidates in structured graduate schools at German universities.Excellently-qualified doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diplom, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their scholarship – depending on the graduate school. Monthly stipends up to 1,200 euros available for students who wish to study in Germany.

See website for more details
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).  

Ongoing
Basic Research Excellence Award Irish Research Council An award to applicants from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences domain who achieve an ‘A’ rated outcome-but do not receive funding -in the European Research Council (ERC) competitive process. The BREA is contingent on a bona fide intention to reapply to the ERC in the next available call. Ongoing
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