Funding & Support

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

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.

Current Funding Opportunities

Award Name

Funding Body



Urban rejuvenation: Limerick as a source of inspiration Artists Development Programme

The ADP offers emerging European visual artists a 6 week-long residency in Luxembourg, enabling them to develop their practice and create a new (body of) work(s), boosted by the mentorship of a high-profile established artist. In 2019, the recipient will be mentored by acclaimed Finnish artist Jorma Puranen.

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




Arts Participation Bursary Award

The Arts Council The award supports professional individual artists working in the area of arts participation to develop their arts practice.


Circus 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.


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


Culture Ireland Grant Culture Ireland Culture Ireland is offerings grants to assist with travel costs associated with presentation of work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals.


Visionary and integrated solutions to improve well-being and health in cities

Horizon 2020 

Funding is available for projects that address social, cultural, economic and environmental determinants of health and well-being and support urban communities in reducing their exposure to climate-related risks, pollution (including noise), environmental stress and social tensions, including the negative effects of gentrification.


Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme

Irish Research Council

This grant provides students in all disciplines an opportunity to bring great research ideas into an Irish employment partner with the support of a higher education institution.


Conference and Event Sponsorship Scheme 2019

Health Research Board

The overarching aim of this scheme is to create an opportunity for researchers to apply for funding to host health research related events, workshops or conferences in Ireland.


Societal challenges and the arts

Horizon 2020

Funding is available for research relevant to artistic productions that have generated new thinking, engagement and possibly action in relation to contemporary societal challenges as experienced in Europe. In doing so, they should capture and analyse motivations, philosophies, modes of engagement and impact from a comparative, geographically balanced and multidisciplinary perspective.


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