Postgraduate Funding Supports

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While there are state supports available to assist postgraduate students with their studies, these are far fewer in number than those available at undergraduate level and are generally not as broad in their criteria of acceptance. Due to the nature of postgraduate study, there are several supports available to assist academic study at an advanced level available from individual institutions. We touched on these briefly in our articles of funding for Masters (link to article) and funding for PhD’s (link to that article), so let’s take a closer look at the funding available across some of the major Irish institutions. Of course, this information frequently changes so be proactive and monitor individual university websites for the most up to date information.

Postgraduate Funding Supports Options

Trinity College Dublin

There are a number of supports for postgraduate students available at TCD ranging from small financial contributions to generous fee covering sponsorships, up to and exceeding €16,000. For more information, visit the link to postgraduate funding at Trinity College Dublin.

University College Dublin

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available at UCD for students across disciplines such as creative writing, business, MBA funding and many more. The Michael Smurfit UCD Graduate Career school also has a number of funding options and opportunities available. Visit the UCD funding page for more details.


University College Cork have excellence scholarships available for those seeking to pursue at taught Masters programme at the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. See here for more details.

University of Limerick

The University of Limerick offer a range of course specific postgraduate funding opportunities for those availing of taught postgraduate programmes, primarily offered at the Kemmy Business School. There are also research based funding opportunities, particularly in the fields of science and engineering. See here for more details.

NUI Galway

Those with a first class primary honours degree have more than 100 different funding opportunities available to those seeking to pursue postgraduate study there. There are also merit based and research based funding opportunities. For more detail visit here.

Maynooth University

There are a number of postgraduate funding opportunities available for postgrad students at Maynooth University. The John and Pat Hume Doctoral Awards scheme pays for fees plus €4,000 per year for four years. There are also alumni scholarships available for Maynooth graduates to do taught Master’s courses at the University. Further information is available here.

Cross-border scholarships

The north/south postgraduate scholarship scheme offers four scholarships each year worth €15,000 to students with an excellent academic record. It is open to students from the Republic or Northern Ireland who have been accepted on a recognised Master’s Degree or who are entering the first year of a PhD programme at a University that is either in Northern Ireland for students from the Republic or in the Republic for Students from Northern Ireland. For more information on this scheme visit the Universities Ireland site here.

USA Funding

The cost of studying in the US can be prohibitive, so the Fulbright Irish Student Awards are always popular. The award allows students to undertake postgraduate study and research programmes at recognised colleges and universities across the US. Although the fund will only cover one year of study tuition, the student is able to remain in the US for the full duration of their Masters or PhD programme. For more information on this visit

As always, check directly with institutions for up to date information regarding any of the funding supports mentioned above. Also, this is just a sample list so check in with other colleges and universities to find out what opportunities they might have.


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