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Scholarship for International Students

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Application Deadline:  October 20, 2022

Application Procedure

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and managed by the Council.

Eligibility Requirements

have been awarded their doctoral degree within the five-year period before 31
May 2023. For the purposes of this condition, the date of graduation will be taken
into account; or
 have been certified as having fulfilled within the five-year period before 31
May 2023 all the requirements for the award of a doctoral degree, including the
submission of the hardbound corrected thesis, but have not yet graduated. 
7.2.2 An applicant’s period of eligibility may be extended as a result of any properly
documented eligible career break, provided the grounds for the extension started
before the call deadline. Eligible career breaks include maternity leave, paternity
leave, adoptive leave, parental leave, extended sick leave and carer’s leave.
7.2.3 Only career breaks taken by the applicant as a statutory entitlement will be
considered eligible. Career breaks explained by working outside of academia or by
being unemployed for a period of time will not be considered as valid reasons to
extend the eligibility window.
7.2.4 If an applicant wishes to extend their period of eligibility, they must produce
evidence, birth certificate(s), medical certificate(s) and/or documents from the HR
office of their employer at the time of the eligible break(s):
• For maternity leave, applicants will be granted an 18-month extension for
each child born before or after the first PhD award, regardless of how long the
applicant took for maternity leave. If the applicant can document a longer
maternity leave, the eligibility period will be extended by the documented
amount of actual leave taken until the call deadline. The same principle also
applies for child adoption.
• For paternity leave, applicants will be granted an extension equal to the
documented amount of paternity leave actually taken for each child born
before or after the first PhD award. The same principle also applies for child
adoption.
• For parental or carer’s leave, applicants will be granted an extension equal to
the documented amount of leave actually taken by the applicant for each
incident which occurred after the first PhD award.
• For long-term illness (over ninety days for the applicant or a close family
member, i.e. child, spouse, parent, sibling), applicants will be granted an
9 Awards as a percentage of all eligible applications.
10 Awards as a percentage of eligible category two applications.
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extension equal to the documented amount of leave actually taken by the
applicant for each incident which occurred after the first PhD award.

Application Procedure

  • There is no age limit for applicants to be eligible for either program organization type.
  • All applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Irish higher education institution or
    research-performing organization. 
  • Applications will only be accepted in either Irish or English language.
  • Applicants must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the relevant
    the program, including strategic partner themes. This applies regardless of whether the applicant has changed their host institution or research topic since a previous submission.
  • The Irish Research Council is not in a position to award funding for research activity under any of the following prohibited areas:
    • human cloning for reproductive purposes;  
    • genetic modification of human beings that could make such changes heritable
      (except research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads, which
      may be funded); or   
    • creation of human embryos solely for research or for the purpose
      of stem cell procurement, including using somatic cell nuclear transfer.  

Official Website: Scholarship for International Students

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