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Monbukagakusho Research Student Scholarships 2015-2017

The Embassy of Japan is pleased to inform you that the application materials for the 2015 - 2017 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology/MEXT Scholarships for Research Students are now available to download from the Ministry’s website: http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/ryugaku/boshu/1346651.htm or www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/

  • Application Form
  • Placement Preference Form
  • Field of Study and Research Program Plan
  • Recommendation Forms
  • Certificate of Health

If you are unable to download any of these forms listed above, please contact the Embassy of Japan – contact details below.

These are a few points to remember as applicants start working on your application. There is further information in the notes to Section 7 (Application Procedure) in the application guidelines – applicants should read these guidelines before working on their application.

  • Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1980 to be eligible for these scholarships.
  • Applications should be submitted to the International Section at the Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 (not to the Embassy of Japan) by Friday 16 May 2014 – mark for the attention of Marie Mooney.
  • The academic transcripts from the last university the applicant attended should show the grade scale applied and the grades earned in all subjects studied in each year.
  • Applicants are requested by MEXT to number the documents from 1 to 10 in the top right corner.
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s degree certificate will be accepted as long as it is attested by the relevant authority at the institution you attended.

If you have any questions at all about the application procedure or the MEXT scholarships in general, please contact the Embassy of Japan.

Jenny O'Connor, Press and Cultural Affairs Section, Embassy of Japan in Ireland, Nutley Building, Merrion Centre, Nutley Lane, Dublin 4.  Tel: 01 - 202 8305.  E-mail: cultural@ir.mofa.go.jp  www.ie.emb-japan.go.jp

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Limerick Going for Gold Student Competition

How would you make Limerick a better place?

Calling all Limerick students, Limerick's biggest ever writing competition has just been launched. We are asking you to write a short story with the theme 'How Would You Make Limerick a Better Place?' The competition, which is part of a new category in Going For Gold for 2014 is open to primary, secondary and third level Limerick students. With a prize fund of €10,000, this is Limerick's biggest ever student competition. Closing date for entries is Friday 9 May.

Limerick Going For Gold-Student Competition Criteria

Limerick Looking Good Competition Details


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VSI -  Discover the world through volunteering in 2014

Discover the world through volunteering in 2014:

  • Assisting with the running of a community music festival in Belgium
  • Maintenance and landscaping at a former concentration camp in Poland
  • Environmental work at a bear sanctuary in Croatia
  • Making a path for peace in the Dolomite Mountains in Austria
  • Building classrooms onto schools in Zambia
  • Helping with the olive harvest in Palestine
  • Working on a mangrove restoration project in Indonesia

These are a selection of the 730 + exciting and worthwhile projects which volunteers can be involved in during 2014. The short-term volunteer project (10 days to 2 months) enables people from Ireland to join with international volunteers and assist with a variety of projects of benefit to local communities and voluntary organisations.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Volunteers taking part in VSI projects gain an insight into new cultures, languages and people.
  • Volunteers meet with fellow volunteers from many different countries.
  • Volunteers can learn new skills e.g. how to build a dry stone wall.
  • Volunteers are exposed to new ideas and approaches to voluntary and community work.
  • Volunteers also have the satisfaction of seeing their contribution to the success of a project.

No Fundraising needed! Volunteers receive free food and accommodation; pay their travel costs to/from the project; pay a small registration fee to VSI. VSI organises a comprehensive preparation for all volunteers.

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Volunteer Info Event, Wednesday 30 April 6.30pm Irish Aid Centre, O Connell St., Dublin. More details

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CIMA Global Business Challenge 2014

The CIMA Global Business Challenge is an international business competition for undergraduates around the world, designed to bring out the best in the young business leaders of tomorrow.

By working together as a team of four to present a business case study, it is a great opportunity for you to showcase your talent in business management, and learn how to become the business leaders of the future.

The competition is organised in partnership with Barclays, who share our vision of developing and nurturing young talent around the world.  More details here

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Science Teacher Education Bursaries

Science Teacher Education Bursaries are being offered to Science graduates who undertake the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas programme in NUI Galway 2014-16.  Details here

An Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) at NUI, Galway is a two-year, full-time, second level teacher education programme, offered entirely through the medium of Irish, and recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of registration as a post-primary teacher in Ireland, the EU, and other English speaking countries.  (Posted: 23 October 2013)

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European ScholarshipPortal

ScholarshipPortal is a new initiative funded by the European Commission which integrates the funding opportunities for studying, working or performing research in one of the European nations. The portal aims to stimulate and help students worldwide to find and select appropriate scholarships to study in Europe. Some of the key barriers to studying abroad are financial concerns or lack of funds. ScholarshipPortal goes some way to overcome this barrier by informing students on the many opportunities that exist.

It provides:

  • A central European website providing information on scholarships for studying in Europe
  • Boosts world-wide visibility of and access to scholarship programmes in Europe
  • Unifies the scattered information on all kinds of funding opportunities, such as grants, fellowships, awards, exchanges, and of course scholarships
  • Presents scholarship information in a comprehensive, structured and transparent way

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Free Career Booklets available from the Careers Service

We now have a supply of recently published Gradireland careers booklets and employer directories written specially for Irish students and graduates. These cover a wide range of careers in the following disciplines/sectors:

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Science 
  • Computing and IT 
  • Construction 
  • Engineering 
  • Finance 
  • Law 
  • Science 
  • Teaching and Education
  • Work Experience and Internships 

In addition to these, we have a large supply of the two current Gradireland directories:

  • Postgradireland
  • Gradireland Directory
  • Gradireland Sector Career Guides
  • Ireland's 100 Leading Graduate Employers (Gradireland)

If you are interested in working overseas, we also have a wide range of employer directories and booklets covering the UK and USA, as well as reference copies of directories for other international locations.

Call to the Careers Service at E0019 any day to collect your personal copies of these resources. Opening hours from 10.00 to 4.30.

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Links to Employer Websites

Links to Employer Websites We have added a new section to the website which will allow you to link directly to websites of many Irish and international employers. You will find it in the Jobs section under Links to Graduate Employers. This section will be updated on a regular basis so you should check it from time to time.

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Working in the USA

The website of the Irish Immigration Centre in Boston is a valuable source of information on all sorts of topics relating to working and living in the USA. It provides up to date information on the various categories of visa as well as details on employment opportunities. Of particular interest is the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. The website address is: http://www.iicenter.org/

The Jobweb website is an excellent starting point for accessing useful information and contacts in the USA. This website has a stream dedicated to students and provides advice and information on all aspects of the job search, including a list of useful Job Search sites. It can be accessed at: http://www.jobweb.com

Another useful website with information on how to find an internship in the USA is the CIEE website. http://www.councilexchanges.org/jobsusa/. CIEE is the Council on International Educational Exchange - the organisation which sponsors the J1 visa programmes which enable many thousands of Irish students to travel to the USA each summer. This organisation also sponsors the J Internship visa for students undertaking a Cooperative Education placement in the USA. This visa can also be used by graduates in the first year after completing full-time education, providing they have an offer of an internship from a US employer and they can provide some evidence of their intention to return to Ireland when the visa expires. CIEE work in partnership with USIT NOW in promoting international work programmes.

The USIT website is another very useful source of information on all their services to students. Visit their website at: http://www.usitnow.ie and select 'USA Work and Travel' for details of the US programmes.


Copies of the major US directories of graduate employers are now available in the CoOp & Careers Office, E0 005. There are three titles in the series:

  • Planning Job Choices - a general guide to the job search for new college graduates
  • Job Choices in Business
  • Job Choices in Science, Engineering & Technology.

If you are interested in exploring employment opportunities in the USA, these are essential reading. Also consult the Jobweb website at: http://www.jobweb.com/home.cfm

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