Irish Research Council is offering a number of scholarships for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a postgraduate degree in any discipline at an eligible HEI within Ireland. Scholars from any country can apply for these scholarships. The aim of the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship is to link with an enterprise partner to award co-funded postgraduate scholarships to highly promising researchers. The mission of the Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland. Students need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English.
Scholarships are available to pursue a postgraduate degree in any discipline at an eligible HEI within Ireland.
Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university.
Scholarship Award: The total value of the Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship will be up to a maximum of €24,000 in any approved year and will consist of the following:
A maintenance award of €16,000 per annum within the Funding Term;
Contribution to fees, including non-EU scholarship fees, paid to the HEI up to a maximum of €5,750. Any differential must be paid by the Scholar and/or HEI per annum. Scholars who hold a fee waiver from their HEI, or where no fee is required, or where fees are paid in full or in part by a third party, must inform the Council and the appropriate offices in their HEI and will not be eligible for the fee portion of the Scholarship;
Eligible direct research support expenses to enable the Scholar to carry out the Research Project, including essential research supplies such as small consumables; books and journals; ‘pay as you go’ access to national research infrastructure; software and hardware critical for the research
to be obtained in the first year of the award; archival research costs; conference travel and participation; generic and/or specialist disciplinary skills training; publishing and write-up costs. The exact amount of eligible direct research expenses is subject to sufficient justification being made in the Scholarship Application Form up to a maximum of €2,250 per annum. Only vouched expenses incurred in actually carrying out the Research Project will be reimbursed.
The maximum that can be spent in any year of the Scholarship is €24,000, plus any unspent balance of eligible direct research support expenses carried over from the previous year of the Scholarship. Apart from this exception, funds may not be carried forward from one year to the next.
No funds provided by the Council as part of the Scholarship Fund may be used by the HEI to cover overhead or administrative costs.
Funding will be provided only for the Research Project as presented in the application form and if any significant departures from this become apparent during the development of the Research Project, the consent of the Council must be sought.
Expenses that occur outside the Funding Term are not eligible for the Scholarship.
While the Award is made to the individual Scholar, the Scholarship Fund is administered through the appropriate office within the HEI.
Eligibility Criteria:Applicants must meet the following guidelines
Scholars are selected in accordance with the Council’s Postgraduate Scholarship application and assessment process.
Scholars must be full-time students affiliated with an eligible HEI in Ireland and during the Funding Term must exclusively spend all of his/her working time on the Research Project at Masters or PhD education level and Training & Career Development activities.
Scholars must fulfil the following criteria:
must have a first class or upper second-class honours primary degree, or the equivalent. If examination results are not known at the time of application, the Council may make a provisional offer of a Scholarship on condition that the Scholar’s undergraduate degree result is a first-class or upper second-class honours, or the equivalent. Masters degree results may be considered to take precedence over the results of the primary degree. The Council’s decision on these matters is final;
must not have applied more than once to this Scheme. and at the time of application:
be a new entrant to the degree for which they are to receive Council funding and have been formally accepted by the relevant department/school by, at the latest, 1st January 2017;or
fulfil the criteria in Clause 4.4 if already registered and part of the degree has been completed. and in the case of
Research Masters Scholarships, not currently holding or having previously held a Council Postgraduate Scholarship;
Doctoral Degree Scholarships, not currently holding or having previously held any Council Postgraduate Scholarship other than those which would enable them to obtain a Research Masters Degree
Scholars from any country may hold a Council Postgraduate Scholarship. However, Scholars must:
maintain her/his principal residence in Ireland (as defined) during the period of the Scholarship;
satisfy the State’s regulations on immigration and have the support of their HEI with respect to these regulations and requirements if they are not a national of a member state of the European Union (EU).
Eligible Nationalities:Scholars from any country can apply for these postgraduate scholarships.
Scholars must be full-time students affiliated with an eligible HEI in Ireland.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirement:
Students need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English