Ireland, one of the most sought after study destinations in Europe, is the home of traditional yet modern educational institutions. There are more than 24 higher educational institutions in Ireland offering learning in fields like business, economics, humanities, life sciences, and computer sciences. The Europeans who are studying in Ireland are exempted from paying undergraduate tuition.
Studying in Ireland can be a great experience. The people are good-natured, the heritage is rich and the country is full of nature, literature, and history. It is close to the United Kingdom so you can travel to cities like London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Oxford, etc.
List of Ireland Scholarships
The cost of living largely depends upon the city in which you are studying. It ranges from EUR 7,000 to EUR 12,000. Studying in Ireland comes at a great cost which is often higher than most educational institutions in Europe. For that reason, we have compiled a list of best scholarships offered by Irish universities and government.
- Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships:
The government of Ireland along with the Department of Education and skills is giving out scholarships to international students at postgraduate levels. It will be awarded to students who are pursuing their research-based MS, Ph.D., or Direct PhDs. It is a highly competitive grant with a success rate of 18%. Several top-class Irish universities are affiliated with it. The course levels at which it is awarded is the final year of an undergraduate program or one year of a post-graduate program (master’s or Ph.D.).
The winners will get a tuition fee waiver for the scholarship year along with a stipend of 10,000 EUR per annum for the students’ living expenses. Note that this scholarship is awarded only to those students who are not the citizens of EU/EEA countries and who commit to studying in Ireland for a full period of study. According to a rough estimate, about 60 scholarships will be awarded for the year 2021-22.
- University College Cork Scholarship:
For EU students, University College Cork is giving out scholarships in collaboration with FDC Group. This award is for students who are willing to pursue an MSc in the fields of Agriculture, Management, Sustainability, and Marketing. The winning students will receive an award worth 12,500 EUR which will contribute towards their tuition fee. A total of 6 awards will be given and the candidates will have to prove their language proficiency if the medium of instruction in their previous degree was not English. Applicants are also required to submit a personal statement depicting their goals and reasons for applying to the program along with academic and professional references.
- Trinity College Funding for Non-EU Students:
Trinity College Dublin has launched a scholarship scheme for undergraduate students known as the Global Business Program Scholarship. The worth of this grant is 5000 EUR and the scholarship amount will contribute toward tuition fee reduction of the awardees. This is aimed towards non-EU students and is only going to cover partial tuition of the students in their first year of undergraduate studies in the field of Business.
To be able to get hold of the scholarship, the applicants need to meet or exceed the admission requirement and have to prove their English language proficiency if it is not their primary language. The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5.
- National College of Ireland:
National College of Ireland is inviting applications from students for its International Higher Diploma program in the areas of Bio-Science and Computer Science. The worth of the award is 2000 EUR. The students are free to use this grant on their own accord. There is no need to separately apply for the grant. Upon securing an admission the students will be automatically considered for the award.
The committee’s decision will primarily be based on the academic record of the applicants. National College of Ireland offers several bridging courses, diplomas, certifications, and pre-masters programs which facilitate the graduates in enhancing their knowledge base in their areas of interest.
- University of Limerick Scholarships:
Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick is offering scholarships at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These grants are aimed towards non-EU student will contribute towards the awardees’ tuition fee. The worth of the award is 1500 EUR per year and the students can get this grant in the subsequent years of their studies as well if their academic record is up to the mark.
The programs offered are arts, humanities, health, and social sciences, business, and engineering. The minimum score required for IELTS is 6.5 and for TOEFL is 90. The number of awards is limited so the students rarely ever get the scholarship by just meeting the application criteria.
- DCU Business School Scholarships:
The Dublin City University’s Business School via its IAA Geoffrey O’Byrne White Memorial funding is supporting international students to study in Ireland. This award is available at the postgraduate level and funds a full-time MSc in Management with a concentration in Aviation Leadership. The award is worth 5,000 EUR and is directed towards EU and non-EU applicants. Those students whose education is being funded by their employers or some other government sponsorships are not eligible for this award. But, the students receiving the SUSI grant can apply. Students are required to get enrolled in the MSc degree program and then apply for the grant. They will have to prove their language proficiency if their primary language is not English.
- Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Scholarships:
Claddagh Scholarship Program by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is offering around 8 scholarships to Chinese students. This scholarship is valid at all five campuses of GMIT and is offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The bachelor’s level award contributes around 1,000 EUR toward the tuition fee and the master’s level award contributes 2,000 EUR toward tuition fees. This scholarship program was launched by the Irish Minister of Education and is sponsored through the Ministry of Education and Skills of Ireland.
Along with that GMIT also offers scholarships to non-EU students. If the non-EU students have an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher they will get a 15% tuition fee waiver. The scholarships are also given based on the students’ country of origin. The range of this scholarship is 5% to 15% waiver in tuition fee.
Students can be eligible for both the language proficiency-based scholarship and country of origin based scholarship. In that case, they will be able to get a higher percentage of a tuition fee reduction.