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.

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



Open Call

The Arts Council The Arts Council announces an Open Call to the artists and arts organisations of Ireland to create collaborative ground breaking projects of ambition, impact and scale that encourage discourse, provocation or response to place and identity as part of contemporary Ireland.  Open Call is a programme for artists and arts organisations to develop and shift their practice and profile work on a national scale, creating high profile arts central to people's lives. 25-Jul-19
COALESCE Research Fund Irish Research Council COALESCE builds on and brings together two of our former funding programmes, namely Research for Policy and Society and the New Horizons Interdisciplinary Research Awards.  The call seeks to fund excellent research addressing national and European/global national challenges as set out in the challenge frameworks now in place. The call is run in partnership with a number of government department and agencies, who fund or co-fund specific strands. 08-Aug-19

Arts participation project award

The Arts Council The arts participation project award supports initiatives in the field of arts participation. 15-Aug-19

Film project award

The Arts Council The film project award supports initiatives in the field of film commencing on or after 1 January 2020 15-Aug-19

Street arts and spectacle project award

The Arts Council The street arts and spectacle project award supports specific projects in the field of street arts and spectacle commencing on or after 1 January 2020. 15-Aug-19

Traditional arts project award

The Arts Council The traditional arts project award supports initiatives in the field of traditional music, song, dance and the oral arts commencing in 2020. The purpose of this award is to support stand-alone projects which enrich the traditional arts landscape by facilitating artists in bringing creative, ambitious and high-quality projects to audiences. 15-Aug-19

Visual arts project award

The Arts Council The visual arts project award supports specific projects and initiatives in the field of visual arts commencing on or after 1 January 2020. 15-Aug-19

Strategic Funding

The Arts Council

The purpose of Strategic Funding is to invest in and support the essential infrastructure required to sustain and develop the arts in Ireland. Recipients of Strategic Funding must play a critical part in delivering the policy priorities of Making Great Art Work, the Arts Council's ten-year strategy.

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

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.

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).  

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