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Despite COVID almost 3,500 international students apply for Government Scholarship

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 29 July, 2021

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has made 60 awards to students from 27 countries under the 2021 Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Programme.   A record 3,446 eligible applications were received.

  • 93% of the successful candidates will pursue Master’s programmes; 5% will follow PhD degrees and 2% are on an undergraduate course.
  • 60% of the awardees were female.

The scholarship awards a stipend of €10,000 for one year and all fees are waived by the host institution.

Following an external independent evaluation awards have been made to applicants from the following countries:

Country Number of awards
Vietnam 9
India 7
Nigeria 6
Brazil 5
Pakistan 4
Uganda 2
Mexico 2
Russia 2
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Nepal, Somalia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey 1 each

The awardees will pursue studies/research at the following 18 higher education institutions:

Higher Education Institution Number of awards
University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Galway, University College Cork, University College Dublin, National College of Ireland 5 each
Dublin City University 4
Dublin Business School, Waterford Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Technological University Dublin 3 each
Institute of Technology Carlow, Griffith College Dublin, ICD Business School, Dublin 2 each
Mary Immaculate College Limerick, College of Computing Technology Dublin, Munster Technological University 1 each


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