Employment-Based Postgraduate Scholarship for International Students in Ireland 2020

The Irish Research Council in Ireland invites applications for an Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme in the 2020/21 session.

The Council offers opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to take up an employment-based award to carry out research leading to a postgraduate qualification in any discipline, granted by an eligible HEI within Ireland.

Combining excellent research with workplace experience, the Irish Research Council’s Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme is a unique national initiative. First piloted in 2012, it provides students in all disciplines an opportunity to bring great research ideas into an Irish employment partner with the support of a higher education institution.

The application for a scholarship is developed by the applicant, in collaboration with an Employment Partner and host HEI. Awardees have, for the term of the award, dual status as an employee of the employment partner and postgraduate student of the host HEI.
Application for a scholarship can be made in respect of both a Masters Degree by Research or a PhD.

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Worth of Award

  • The award value totals a minimum of €32,000 per annum – this is inclusive of the
    maximum €24,000 from the Irish Research Council and a minimum contribution of
    €8,000 from the Employment Partner.


Scholars must fulfil the following criteria:

  • must not have applied more than once to the 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
  • and in the case of Research Masters Scholarships, not currently holding or having previously held a Council Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • Potential applicants should read the 2020 Terms and Conditions carefully to ascertain whether or not they are eligible to apply.
  • Indicative versions of the applicant, supervisor and referee forms are provided for information purposes only.
  • All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system.
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Deadline: applications close 16:00 (Irish time) Thursday, February 20, 2020.


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