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



Artists’ Studio Applications 2019 Royal Hibernian Academy The RHA School is offering a studio to rent for a 6-month slot in 2019. The studio space measures approximately 4.7m x 4.9m and is fully equipped with a sink and storage units. There is also a common room and kitchen facilities available. The studio has 24-hour secure access and is non-residential. 03-Jun-19

RHA Wilton Park Studios 2019

Royal Hibernian Academy The RHA and IPUT are delighted to announce a new initiative: the Artist in Residence Programme at Wilton Park Studios, Dublin 2. In direct response to the ever-increasing studio crisis in Dublin, IPUT – Ireland’s largest owner of office space in Dublin – has committed to fully support a facility with three studios, in collaboration with the RHA. 03-Jun-19
Tony O’Malley Residency Royal Hibernian Academy The Tony O’Malley Residency, administered by the RHA School, is awarded on an annual basis to an artist who wishes to work primarily in the medium of paint. During his lifetime Tony O’Malley was the recipient of subsidised studios and accommodation in St. Ives, Cornwall. Administered by the Arts Council of Great Britain it offered the artist time to concentrate on creating work. Jane O’Malley has never forgotten the privilege of those decades for herself and Tony and in association with the Royal Hibernian Academy she now wishes to offer this home/studio in Callan to artists on an annual basis. 03-Jun-19

Visual artists workspace scheme

The Arts Council The purpose of the Visual Artists Workspace Scheme is to support artists’ workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible working environment for visual artists and, where feasible, to enable a level of subsidy for the artists working in these spaces. 06-Jun-19

Fulbright-HRB Health Impact Awards 2019

Health Research Board 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. 11-Jun-19

Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety

Health Research Board The RCQPS Awards support high quality research projects where knowledge users and academic researchers collaborate to focus on QPS research questions that are determined by the documented needs of the Irish health care system 13-Jun-19

Young people, children, and education bursary award

The Arts Council The Young People, Children, and Education Bursary Award supports individual professional artists working with, and producing work for, children and young people across a range of artforms. The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice. 13-Jun-19

Traditional arts bursary award

The Arts Council The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice. It provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art. 13-Jun-19

Visual arts bursary award

The Arts Council The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice. It provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art. 13-Jun-19

Literature bursary award - English language

The Arts Council The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice. It provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art. 13-Jun-19

Bridging culture and audiovisual content through digital

Creative Europe Support will begiven to projects:a) featuring new forms of creation at the cross roads between different cultural and creative sectors, including the audiovisual sector, and through the use of innovative technologies, including virtual reality, or b) fostering innovative cross sectoral approaches and tools to facilitate access, distribution, promotion and/or monetisation of culture and creativity, including cultural heritage. 20-Jun-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

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
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

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 June 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