Apply Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships 2022
DEADLINE: The deadline for the submission of applications is 5pm (Irish Time) 25 March 2022
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is pleased to issue the 2022 Call under the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships Programme. Under the initiative 60 scholarships will be provided for one year study at Bachelor, Masters or PhD levels to successful candidates who have an offer of a place at an eligible Irish higher education institution.
The offer is open to students from non-EU/EEA countries and is applicable to all fields of study.
Students who are successful will receive:
- A €10,000 stipend for one year’s study
- A full fee waiver of all tuition and other registration costs at the higher education institution
1. Background & Objectives
The internationalisation of Irish higher education is a key element in the delivery of a quality teaching, learning and research experience for students and staff and for building international engagement for the sector. The Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarship (GOI-IES) scheme was established under the provisions of the Government’s International Education Strategy, 2010–2015 and expanded under the successor strategy “Irish Educated, Globally Connected (2016- 2020). The next iteration of the international education strategy is being examined. Attention is also drawn to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Global Ireland: Delivering in the Asia Pacific Region to 2025 strategy.
The aim of the 2022 GOI-IES scheme is to reflect Ireland’s engagement in target partner countries. The scheme is operated in the higher education sector and funded in partnership between the Government and the higher education institutions (HEIs). Scholarships will be branded as prestigious awards reflecting the core messages about Ireland as a centre of international education. It is expected that for every scholarship winner, awareness of Ireland will be raised among many more potential students.
Benefits for students: Scholarships must be regarded as highly desirable and value- adding to individuals’ subsequent lives and careers. In view of this, the GOI-IES will be awarded:
- to high calibre higher education students from non-EU/EEA countries;
- to study in Ireland for a period of one year
Benefits for Higher Education sector: GOI-IES will reflect Ireland’s commitment to excellence in the provision of higher education for both domestic and international students:
- for scholarships that will highlight Ireland’s strengths as a centre of
- to promote links with target markets globally;
- to strengthen the internationalisation strategies of HEIs especially in the context of the system performance framework.
2. Details of Scholarship Scheme
The scheme is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Following a competitive process based on an annual call for proposals from individual applicants, the HEA will approve a defined number of scholarships under the scheme to successful applicants.
Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships will be awarded to high calibre students from non-EU/EEA countries to study full-time in Ireland for a period of one year. The following are the terms and conditions that will apply:
- The HEA will award a scholarship fund to the student (through the HEI that the student is attending) amounting to €10,000 for one study year. This fund is directed at covering student costs and living expenses. The scholarship may be for:
- the final year of an undergraduate programme;
- one year of a taught master’s degree programme or;
- one year of a research programme (e.g. one year of a 2-year research masters or a 3-4-year PhD programme).
- The scholarship stipend will be transferred to the host higher education institution (HEI) of the successful student in one payment of €10,000. The HEI will then put in place a system to transfer the funds to the scholarship awardee.
- The HEI will be required to give a FULL fee waiver to the student for the scholarship year (i.e. tuition fee and registration charge are waived). This is the minimum matching funding requirement that institutions will be required to make to the scholarship scheme.
- It is expected that a total of 60 scholarships will be funded by the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships for the academic year 2022/2023.
Applicants must have a domiciliary of origin1 not equal to the EU/EEA, United Kingdom or Switzerland. Please refer to our FAQ for a further explanation regarding domiciliary of origin
- Scholarships may be approved for study across all disciplines, subject to the availability of places.
The HEA will seek to ensure that, overall, there is gender-balance in the cohort of students to whom scholarships are awarded.
- Due to the very large number of applications, it will not be possible to give feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
- Applications are welcome from under-represented cohorts.
- Successful Scholars are to commence studies in September/October 2022. Later enrolments will only be considered in relation to PhD awardees.
- Students and their host HEIs may be required to attend a welcoming event for GOI-IES awardees around this time. An official awarding event for GOI- IES Scholars will be held in April 2023 depending on the prevailing public health conditions.
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