Research Funding and Travel Bursaries

Research Funding Opportunities

Research funding may be sought from the national funding bodies, mainly the Health Research Board (HRB), the Irish Research Council (IRC), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the National University of Ireland and the Universities Ireland North/South Scholarship scheme; from international funding bodies, including the European Commission through the Horizon Europe programme, Wellcome, and the US National Institute of Health (NIH) (subject to eligibly of any particular grant), and through charities and societies in a particular disease or research area, such as and The Irish Cancer Society and Breakthrough Cancer Research. 

These funding bodies put out calls (grants) for proposals which may be ‘top-down’, where the research idea is predetermined in order to address a particular policy or grand challenge, or ‘bottom-up’, where you are free to propose any research idea. Calls may or may not be aimed at a particular career stage. They may for open to a single applicant or an applicant team (consortium). For example, Fellowships are for single applicants and focus of the individual’s career development as much as the research idea.  

Keep an eye on the websites for open and upcoming calls. Also check out Research Professional, a very useful one-stop-shop where you can find all available grants from every funding body or society.   

The funding landscape is complicated and difficult to navigate, so don’t hesitate to seek help from Ashleigh, the CoMH RMA (research management/administration) on 

Relevant current and forthcoming grants






Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

Provides an annual stipend of €18,500 to research master’s and doctoral candidates pursuing, or intending to pursue, full-time research in any discipline. Applicants may be a new entrant to the postgraduate degree or may have already completed part of the postgraduate degree for which they are seeking funding. The duration of funding to be awarded is dependent on the type of degree being pursued and the date of first registration 

Oct 20 


Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme Provides funding for 1-2 years for a postdoctoral research project. Applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degree within the five-year period before 31 May 2023, 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. An applicant’s period of eligibility may be extended as a result of any properly documented eligible career break. It provide a salary of €39,132 in year 1 and €39,686 in year 2.   Oct 20 

Horizon Europe MSCA

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships  Funds excellent researchers with max. 8 years post-PhD research experience to carry out mutlidisciplinary/cross-sectoral postdoctoral resarch porjects, with a focus on advanced training, career developement and international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility.  Sept 14

*EOI = expression of interest. An initial short application which, if selected, precedes a full application.  

Travel Bursaries

Annual travel bursaries are offered through the Fulbright Irish Awards. Travel bursaries are also offered through professional colleges or specialist societies, available according to the area of study, so it is worth looking into what may be on offer within your field.  





Fulbright Ireland-USA  

Fulbright Irish Student Awards 

Grants for Irish citizens, or E.U. citizens resident in ROI for 3+ years, to complete postgraduate research in the U.S. for a period of 4 months, up to 12 months. Awardees can go to the U.S. to complete a Masters or PhD at a U.S. institution, or conduct research as part of a current postgraduate program in Ireland or the E.U.  

OPEN Aug 2022 

CoMH Doctoral Bursaries

Twice a year, in the Autumn and agian in Spring, the Graduate Studies committee in the College of Medicine and Health invites applications for up 10 Travel Bursaries or Registration Bursaries from students registered for a doctoral degree (PhD/MD/Doctorate) in the College of Medicine and Health. The purpose of these awards is twofold:

  • To facilitate students who wish to present their work at an international conference.
  • To facilitate the training of students who wish to acquire skills that are essential for their academic development, but which they cannot otherwise receive in UCC.

Student applicants can apply for:

  1. up to €1000 in financial support that may be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation and registration fees for relevant conferences or training courses [Travel Bursary].


2. up to €500 in financial support that may be used towards the registration fees for relevant online participation at conferences or training courses [Registration Bursary].


Programme guidelines, and the Application Form can be found here: CoMH Graduate Studies Doctoral Bursary Guideline & Application Form Spring 2023

  • The deadline for Spring 2023 applications is Friday 24th February 2023 by 5pm. Applications received after this will not be considered.
  • The Spring 2023 Doctoral Bursary call is to cover activities taking place between 1st October 2022 and 22nd September 2023.

  • All applicants must ensure they keep all relevant receipts relating to their conference/course/registration/travel etc. The Doctoral Bursaries are only paid out once the fully vouched expense claim, original itemised receipts and Doctoral Bursary report have been received by CoMH Graduate Studies. Please note debit/credit card receipts and bank statements will not be accepted as proof of cost incurred, only itemised receipts will be accepted. The Doctoral Bursary cannot be drawn down in advance for registration or to book travel or accommodation etc. Costs claimed can only relate to you (the applicant), and no other person(adult/child).

  • All claims for reimbursement must be submitted no later than three months after the conference/course and by 29th September 2023 at the latest

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