The Fulbright Programme in Ireland
The Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange (the Fulbright Commission) administers the Fulbright programme between Ireland and the United States of America. The Commission offers annually a limited number of grants at accredited academic institutions in the United States.
Irish citizens applying for awards should be in a position to outline a clearly defined course of study or research at a specified institution and must obtain their own placements in the United States.
Grants are awarded by competition, following an interview in Dublin.
It is a basic condition for the award of grants that on completion of the grant period in the United States, the grantee will return to Ireland. Consequently holders of US immigrant visas (green cards) or applicants for such are not eligible. However, students who are enrolled on a postgraduate programme will normally be permitted to extend their visa to remain in the United States to complete their studies.
Postgraduate Student Awards
Scholarships in the range €15,000 - €20,000 will be awarded to students who wish to pursue post-graduate study or research in a recognised college in the United States.
In addition to the Fulbright Commission awards, there are a number of sponsored awards for students in specific academic fields:
- Fulbright - CRH Scholarship in Business Studies
- Fulbright - Diageo Scholarship in Visual and Performing Arts
- Fulbright - Enterprise Ireland Scholarship in Science, Technology and Innovation
- Fulbright - Environmental Protection Agency Scholarship in Environmental Science / Policy
- Fulbright - Glen Dimplex Group Scholarship in Science and Technology
- Fulbright - Teagasc Scholarship in Agriculture and Food Science / Policy (2 awards)
Please note that the application process is exactly the same for awards funded by the Fulbright Commission and for sponsored awards. Applicants do not apply for a specific funded award. The selection panel for the relevant discipline will decide who should be awarded the sponsored award.
There is a special award category for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Further information on the Fulbright Commission awards is available from:
The Fulbright Commission,
Established by Sir Anthony O’Reilly in 1998, the O’Reilly Foundation offers scholarships for postgraduate studies for a PhD or equivalent qualification, commencing in 2007. Applicants should have a 1st class or at least 1 2:1 honours undergraduate record with an expectation of a 1st class or at least a 2:1 honours undergraduate record with an expectation of a 1stclass or at least a 2:1 honours degree in their finals in the current academic year.
Graduates with similar qualifications or equivalent professional credentials, or who are completing a master’s degree and wish to study for a PhD or equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply.
While outstanding candidates of any academic discipline are encouraged to apply, preference is given to those planning doctoral studies in the following areas: Business Studies, Law Marketing, Media Studies, Science Technology and the Arts.
Further information on the O’Reilly Foundation Scholarships is available at
Tel: (01) 2946550
Father John M. Conlisk Irish Scholarship
The Father John M. Conlisk Irish Scholarship is awarded to one student from Ireland each year for full-time study towards the Master of Business Administration (MBA), MS in Accounting or MS in Finance at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University, Connecticut. The scholarship covers tuition, room and board, books and insurance for three semesters or approximately one and a half calendar years. The student is responsible for transportation and day-to-day expenses.
The Conlisk Scholarship is supported by a group of Irish Americans living in the Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut area. The scholarship was established in the memory of Fr. John M. Conlisk, a Catholic priest who died of cancer. Fr. Conlisk was born in Ireland and has many relatives who live in the Galway/Mayo area.
The scholarship is open to students who have earned or will earn their undergraduate business degree. Applicants will be expected to supply a GMAT score and descriptions of courses completed in the undergraduate degree, along with other application materials.
Grants up to a maximum of US$10,000 for graduates to pursue all or part of their postgraduate study in the US in the following disciplines: public affairs, politics, finance, public administration, labour relations and communications. There is no formal application form. Each applicant should set out particulars of his/her career to date, giving brief details of the proposed programme of study in the US. In addition, an itemised budget as to expected costs to be incurred during the stay should be furnished. The trustees would expect that an application should not exceed three pages and any proposal would require the support of a candidate's academic supervisor.
Further information is available from KPMG Company Secretarial Services, 1 Stokes Place, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. The deadline for receipt of applications is normally in April/May.
Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars
The Woodrow Wilson Centre awards approximately 35 fellowships annually in an international competition to individuals with outstanding proposals representing the entire range of scholarship, with a strong emphasis on the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre especially welcomes projects that transcend narrow specialities. Eligibility is limited, for academic participants, to the postdoctoral level, i.e. beyond the PhD dissertation. For other applicants, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.
Further information and application forms may be obtained from:
Scholar Selection and Services Office
Woodrow Wilson Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
Tel: 00 1 202-691-4170
NUI Travelling Studentships
The Travelling Studentship Scheme, funded by the University from its own resources, has been in existence since 1910. The Travelling Studentships Scheme has as its main objectives:
- to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research
- to enable these students to undertake postgraduate research abroad towards a doctoral degree
- to attract these scholars back eventually to enrich the learning community within NUI
While traditionally it has been the practice that holders of Travelling Studentships should be registered abroad for their studies, it is also permissible for the holder to register in an NUI institution and complete a doctorate within NUI, where the research programme involves a substantial period, or periods, abroad.
Current Awards on Offer: http://www.nui.ie/awards/postgraduates.asp