The Government of Ireland Scholarships programmes is a new international scholarship scheme aimed at attracting top students from priority and emerging markets to study in Ireland.

The First Call was made in 2011 and 20 awards were made for study in the academic year 2012-13.  A further 22 awards were made under the Second Call for the year 2013-14.

Under the Government of Ireland International Scholarships students have all fees and registration charges waived and also receive €10,000 to cover living expenses for one year of study in Ireland.

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruarí Quinn has commented “This new scholarship scheme is a key part of our efforts to promote Ireland as a centre for international study. International students contribute over a billion Euro each year to the Irish economy, and this is a priority area in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs”.

“We are a trading economy, and so we need to raise Ireland’s links with major emerging markets like China, Brazil and India. By awarding scholarships to top students from these countries, we are making an investment in our future trading relationships, which will benefit Irish business, tourism and cultural interests overseas”.


Following a review of the Programme, the Department of Education and Skills and the HEA have increased the number of scholarships awarded under the programme from 22 to 30. Under this Call students will receive a scholarship worth €7,500 plus a full fee waiver making the total award in the region of €25,000 per student. The total invested in the programme is now of the order of €750,000.

A minimum of approximately €125,000 of the scholarship support is earmarked for Brazilian students. under the latest round of the prestigious Government of Ireland Scholarship scheme. Under the Call 2015-16, Higher Education Institutions can apply to offer a minimum of five (5) scholarships to undergraduate, masters or PhD students to support one year’s study in Ireland to candidates from Brazil.

The Government of Ireland Scholarship scheme, which is open to all disciplines for all postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students, allows high-quality students from any non-EEA country the opportunity to spend one year of their studies in Ireland.