Funding for studying outside Ireland
Thinking of doing some study abroad?
There are a number of different funds and grants you can apply for if you are interested in studying in either Europe or the US.
The Fulbright Commission offers awards for studying in the US. Fulbright Ireland Awards are for Irish students and scholars to undertake postgraduate study and research at recognised colleges and academic institutions in the United States. The student grant is only available for one year but students may remain in the US for the full duration of masters and PhD programmes.
The IEFA.org website provides a database of financial aid information for students who want to study in a foreign country. The site contains a comprehensive list of grants, scholarships, loan programmes and other information that may be helpful to those interested in studying abroad.
If you are studying in Ireland and want to work or study for a semester or academic year in Europe, these two programmes provide some financial assistance:
The Erasmus programme provides students with a mobility grant; this normally covers transport costs only.
The Leonardo da Vinci programme offers work placement for students in companies abroad as part of a course of study. If you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you will receive funding from the EU towards the costs of your work placement.
DAAD – German Government Awards
This scheme offers one-year grants for graduate students (open to students of all disciplines). Closing dates are in November for architecture, design, film, dance, theatre, music and art. For all other academic subjects, the deadlines are in January. The value is €750 per month plus an initial extra payment and a lump sum towards travel.
European University Institute, Florence
The EUI awards grants of €1,376 a month to successful applicants who are not eligible for other grants. Candidates must submit their application online by 31 January.
Funding for postgraduate study
Postgraduate research/study scholarships: A number of scholarships for study abroad are awarded by foreign governments every year to Irish students who are engaged in, or have completed a course of third-level education. Details of scholarships are circulated to universities and other relevant third-level institutions of education.
Details of scholarships are also published on the Department of Education and Skills website. If you are interested in applying for these scholarships, you should contact the International Section of the Department of Education and Skills and ask to be placed on a mailing list for the scholarship offers. Application forms and relevant details will then be posted to you when the offers are open to receive applications.