Scholarships and Funding

Irish Marie Curie Office
Advice and support to researchers, research-active Organisations and companies in submitting proposals and in managing their Marie Curie Programmes.

The following links provide information on possible funding sources for those interested in undertaking research degree programmes, including MPhil and PhD.

Irish Research Council
The Irish Research Council manages a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate study to senior research project-based awards. .
Science Foundation Ireland, founded in 2000, is Ireland largest research funder. SFI provides a diverse range of funding options ranging from bursaries to grant schemes for early career researchers.
The Health Research Board is the lead agency in Ireland supporting and funding health research. It provides funding for postgraduate research students and post-doctoral researchers through post-doctoral research fellowships and the PhD Scholars Programme.
An Teagasc is the Irish government's research and development agency for the agricultural sciences. An Teagasc currently funds ninety contract researchers and 212 postgraduate students in association with Irish and international universities. The Walsh Fellowships provide up to three years' funding.
This website is a convenient and user-friendly source of information on financial support for further and higher education. You will see as you browse through that there are several financial assistance schemes available in Ireland to help you to progress through further and higher education.
The O'Reilly Foundation supports a programme of scholarships to provide world-class educational opportunities for young Irish scholars. The Foundation sponsors scholars to undertake post-graduate education in their chosen field and in an institution or university of their choice. O'Reilly Scholars are individuals who have an excellent academic record and have demonstrated leadership qualities, as well as the potential and desire to make a significant contribution to the future of Ireland.

Fulbright Commission
The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards scholarships to Irish and EU students, scholars, and professionals to study, research, and lecture across all disciplines in the US. More information is available on


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Higher Education
The Higher Education Authority of Ireland is the statutory planning and development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers throughout the whole of the third-level education sector. Additionally, it is the funding authority.
The IUA is the representative body for the seven Irish universities, developing strategy and associated actions to advance third and fourth level education and research.

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Careers Advice

Beyond Academe

A web based resource for historians who have graduated with a PhD and are seeking to develop their careers outside academia. This provides useful hints and tips on selling your transferable skills and experience to employers and identifying rewarding careers. History PhD graduates develop and maintain the site.

The UK's official graduate careers website providing information and advice for those considering their career option

Association Bernard-Gregory

Founded in 1980, the Association Bernard Gregory promotes the value of training through research to the non-academic world and helps the entry of young PhDs from any discipline into business. This website provides many useful case studies of PhD graduates' experiences supports new PhDs in structuring their career plans.

Shinton Consulting

This UK based company provides careers advice, information and professional development training to scientists, academic researchers, research students and academic staff. Since 2000 it has worked with universities, professional bodies and other educational organisations to develop career related sessions, write articles, run workshops and offer advice to staff, students and trainers.

Post Grad Ireland

This site, developed by Graduate Careers Ireland, provides practical careers advice to postgraduate students considering their career options. It also includes information on postgraduate degree courses available in Ireland.


The UK Research Councils fund VITAE to embed personal and professional skills development into research degree programmes. Consequently, this website contains an enormous range of resources that will provide research students and those supporting them with tools and information on preparing students to complete their studies successfully and to take the first steps in their post PhD career. VITAE is the new incarnation of UKGRAD. Its new title reflects is additional role under its new contract to provide career and professional development support for post-doctoral and contract researchers.

Beyone the PhD

A website for humanities PhD graduates considering their career plans and options. The site includes profiles of PhD graduates who have successfully pursued both academic and non-academic careers. The site includes a series of articles and video and audio clips of PhD graduates discussing their experiences both during the PhD and since its completion.

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Researcher Mobility

The Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment

The Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment is the Irish government department, which promotes enterprise, research and innovation in Ireland. It also administers immigration procedures and assisting non-EU nationals wishing to study or work in Ireland.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau

The Garda National Immigration Bureau is responsible for policing immigration and all non-nationals who are not citizens of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland must register with An Garda Síochána and have a registration certificate (GNIB Card).


Euraxess Ireland (formerly the IUA Researcher Mobility Office and Porta)l provides practical advice and assistance to researchers and their families wishing to move to Ireland or move abroad to continue a career in research.

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Sciencespin is a news and current affairs publication concentrating on new and developing issues in Irish and international science.
A sideways glance at the PhD experience!

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