Under the program of the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships, The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is responsible for organizing the whole program. On this scholarship program, there will be 60 scholarships to be provided to successful applicants. Scholarships will be promoted as distinguished rewards that match the fundamental ideas about Ireland as a global education hub.
Ireland Government Scholarships are available to international students who have the promising potential to become future leaders in their profession and who are devoted to making an impact in the community. It provides funding for talented overseas students to study at Irish higher education institutions for one year.
It is intended that for every scholarship recipient, many more prospective scholars will become acquainted with Ireland. The HEA will work to ensure that the cohort of students to whom scholarships are given is gender-balanced. This scholarship program will provide excellent opportunities to successful applicants by providing them with the option to learn abroad for free while receiving a stipend that exceeds what the student would need for the entire year.
Scholarship Amount for Ireland Government Scholarships
A stipend of €10,000 for one year of study is given to Ireland Government Scholarship recipients. The scholarship allowance will be paid in two installments of €5,000 to the successful student’s host institution of higher education. The higher education institution (HEI) will then set up a system for transferring the funds to the scholarship recipient.
All tuition and other registration fees at the institution of higher education are also waived in full. This is the minimum amount of matching financing that universities must contribute to the scholarship program.
Eligibility Criteria for Ireland Government Scholarships
High-caliber students from eligible countries will be granted Ireland Government Scholarships by the Government of Ireland to study full-time in Ireland for a year. The candidate must have resided continuously outside of the EU/EEA/United Kingdom/Switzerland region for at least 3 of the last 5 years to be eligible for a GOI-IES scholarship.
It is important to note that Ireland Government scholarships will only be authorized for programs that lead to a higher education award that is included in the National Qualification Framework (NQF) at Levels 8 to 10, which is created by various organizations and 28 institutions in the country of Ireland.
Applicants must be from any country other than the European Union / European Economic Area (EU/EEA), the United Kingdom, or Switzerland. Although, Switzerland is neither a member of the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA). A Swiss national, on the other hand, enjoys the same residency rights as an EU/EEA citizen. The United Kingdom is no longer a member of the EU/EEA as of January 31, 2024, but is still considered as not qualified for the scholarship program.
Applicants with a clean record will be shortlisted. Those with criminal record/s will be removed from the qualified applicants as this scholarship program has high-standard for picking their scholars to learn at Ireland’s prestigious universities.
Applications from under-represented groups are encouraged. Applicants shall exhibit academic and professional excellence. Capable of communicating well in English is mandatory since the study will be taught in the English language. Extracurricular activities like humanitarian works, sports, or arts are not required but can provide high credit on the application. Applicants shall also possess a compelling reason for pursuing their studies in Ireland, demonstrating how a GOI-IES fits within their long-term ambitions.
How do I apply to Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarships?
Applicants must apply for admission to a suitable Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D program at an approved Higher Education Institution (HEI). After choosing the course, you should go to their official online application portal to continue with the application. It is recommended for the applicant to use the latest version of the internet browser to access the online application portal. Using the application through a computer instead of a mobile phone to access the online application portal is not required but still advisable.
On the online application portal, you must submit accurate information. Your supporting papers should be able to corroborate the information you provided on your online application portal. To ensure a smooth application process, you should examine your information carefully. The applicant should be able to produce the original or certified true copy of the following documents: Passport and one Identification Card, Transcript of Record and Diploma from bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree, Birth Certificate, and other supporting documents for your identity verification.
At the time of application for Ireland Government Scholarships, applicants are anticipated to have a conditional or final offer of admission to the HEI and will be asked to present a copy of the same. If an applicant receives more than one offer, he or she may submit separate applications for each course offer. Final offers are conditional on acceptance to the relevant HEI. Before applying to the HEA, applicants should contact the relevant institution directly.
Provide Two References by uploading using only the online application portal. Using other methods will not be accepted. Applicant must determine which references the best support his or her application. Pay for the application fee. Paying for the application fee will not give you the guarantee to have the scholarship but the applicant still has to pay for his or her application to go through the process.
On the interview, applicants will be required to exhibit how will the Ireland Government scholarship benefit themselves (professionally and personally), the country of Ireland, and their home country of being a GOI-IES Scholar. Converse in the English fluently during the interview. As the course is being taught in English language, the applicant must have enough English skills in to have smooth learning in the country of Ireland.
Applicants should describe how they aim to extend their studies in Ireland beyond their project/studies. In order to optimize their academic/cultural exchange experience and raise knowledge of the GOI-IES initiative. They should also explain how they plan to advertise connections with Ireland both during and after their period as Scholars.
Please visit the OFFICIAL CALL FOR APPLICATION of Higher Education Authority to get to know more about the application process.
Deadlines for Ireland Government Scholarships
The closing date for student applications is March of each year.