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Government-funded International Scholarships

Each year, approximately 50 scholarships, study/research grants and teaching assistantships are granted by some 25 countries to Irish graduates who wish to study abroad. These awards are administered in Ireland by the Scholarship Section of the Department of Education in Marlboro Street, Dublin 1, and they are advertised between November and May. These details are published on the Department of Education & Science website.

O'Reilly Foundation

This is a new scholarship programme to provide world-class educational opportunities for young Irish scholars. The O'Reilly Foundation will sponsor scholars to undertake post-graduate education in their chosen field. Preference will be given to those planning doctoral studies in the following disciplines: Business Studies, Law, Marketing, Media Studies, Technology and the Arts. The awards will be of the order of €25,400 per annum for a maximum of two years. Full details on the O'Reilly Foundation website.

Ireland Canada University Foundation

The Ireland Canada University Foundation has a programme to assist young Irish scholars to make short term visits to a Canadian university or institution in order to support their research on a topic that relates to both countries. The Foundation is sponsored by a number of businesses with Canadian links. These scholarships are funded at €5,000 each. The closing date is usually the end of March.

Application forms and further information are available at: www.icuf.ie or from Professor John Kelly, Ireland Canada University Foundation, Canada House, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

Other European

The Postgradireland website provides a number of links to European websites with information on funding for postgraduate study in European countries. This can be accessed here.

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British Council

There are a number of grants, scholarships and awards available to help graduates to fund postgraduate studies in the UK. A significant source of postgraduate funding comes from government-funded Research Councils. Other sources of funding include institutional scholarships and awards, charities, foundations and trusts.  The British Council also provides an easy-to-use database of funding opportunities for all levels of awards at: UK scholarships database

Research Councils and British Academy

Irish graduates are eligible for consideration for funding from the UK's Research Councils, the British Academy and Local Authorities, although this is limited to the fee element - no maintenance grant is given to non-UK residents. These awards are very competitive. For details of the awards available in different areas of study, check the Research Council website.

Other UK

Funding may be available from within the university, the college or the particular department in which you are seeking a place, so you should always enquire about possible sources of funding. For example, Oxford and Cambridge Universities occasionally offer scholarships specifically to Irish graduates - the Prendergast and Gardiner awards respectively. The Prospects website has an excellent Further Study section with links to individual universities and to Research Council sites giving details of funding.

The Council for International Education in the UK provides information on how and where to apply for grants.

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland website provides information on funding for postgraduate courses in Scotland. For some designated taught postgraduate courses, Irish graduates may be eligible for limited financial support which covers the fees element of the course.

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Fulbright Scholarships and Fellowships

The Fulbright Commission finances studies, research and other educational and cultural activities between Ireland and the USA. Each year, the Commission offers grants to Irish post-graduate students and to post-doctoral academic staff to undertake research and/or to lecture in the USA. This funding covers such subject areas as Irish Studies, Journalism, Management Studies, 'Science & Technology, Creative and Performing Arts. Additional special awards are available in history, film, literature, drama, education and peace studies. Applications close in October of the year prior to entry. Check the Fulbright website for futher details.

John F Kennedy Fund

Grants up to a maximum of US$10,000 for graduates to pursue all or part of their postgraduate study in the US in the following disciplines: public affairs, politics, finance, public administration, labour relations and communications. There is no formal application form. Each applicant should set out particulars of his/her career to date, giving brief details of the proposed programme of study in the US. In addition, an itemised budget as to expected costs to be incurred during the stay should be furnished. The trustees would expect that an application should not exceed three pages and any proposal would require the support of a candidate's academic supervisor.

Further information is available from Professor Chris Curtin, Department of Political Science & Sociology, Aras Moyola, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway. The deadline for receipt of applications is normally in mid June.

Other USA Sources

Most US universities offer some sort of financial aid for postgraduate students. This may be in the form of fellowships or teaching/research assistantships available in individual university departments or independent foundations. You need to apply for financial aid at the same time as you apply for admission and you will need to submit GRE scores at this stage also. Deadlines for financial aid applications tend to be very early so early planning is a prerequisite. Competition is very keen for any of the US scholarship programmes but highly qualified students with good Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores who apply early and often, with business-like approaches and good references, may get funding and a partial or full fee waiver.

A few US Colleges offer scholarships specifically to Irish graduates, e.g. the Halsey Scholarships in the University of Bridgeport. The Conlisk Scholarship provides full funding for a selected Irish graduate to complete an MBA programme in Fairfield University.

Finaid very useful source of information on US scholarships/fellowships, grants and competitions This web site is a specialist guide to student financial aid across the US. This site only touches on the more obvious source of funding. You will get much more detailed and comprehensive information in the UL Careers Library. You will also find a free copy of the AGCSI publication 'Postgraduate Research - A Guide to Awards Available', along with other local and international publications e.g. the Grants Register.

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