Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships 2021

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The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is pleased to issue the 2021 Call under the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships Programme. Under the initiative 60 scholarships will be provided for one year study at Bachelor, Masters or PhD levels to successful candidates who have an offer of a place at an eligible Irish higher education institution.

The scholarship may be for:

  • the final year of an undergraduate programme;
  • one year of a taught master’s degree programme or;
  • one year of a research programme (i.e. one year of a 2-year
    research masters or a 3-4-year PhD programme).
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Government of Ireland – International Scholarship Reward

Students who are successful will receive:

  • A €10,000 stipend for one year’s study
  • A full fee waiver of all tuition and other registration costs at the higher education institution

Government of Ireland – International Scholarships Eligiblity Criteria :

  • The offer is open to students from non-EU/EEA countries and is applicable to all fields of study.
  • Candidates must Possess:
    • excellence (academically, personally, professionally, creatively);
    • Excellent communication skills;
    • Extra curriculum activities (for example: humanitarian work; politics-local, national, international; arts; sports);
    • strong rationale for pursuing their study in Ireland that indicate how a GOI-IES fits into their longer-term goals.

Evaluation Criteria:

A marking system (total 100 marks) is part of the call with the relevant scores shown in brackets after the key


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Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarship Requirements

The applications must cover the following, as requested in the online application tool:

  • Academic qualifications, achievements and/or work experience (40marks)
  • Personal Statement (refer to the Candidate profile). Applicants will be required to demonstrate:
    • the benefit of becoming a GOI-IES Scholar; to themselves (personally and professionally), to Ireland, as well as their country of origin. (15 marks);
    • how they will extend themselves beyond their project/studies to become actively involved in Irish society in order to maximize their academic/cultural exchange experience and to raise awareness of the GOI-IES scheme in Ireland and beyond (15marks);
    • the extent to which they have a long-term interest in Ireland and how they will promote links with Ireland during their time as Scholars and also after as Alumni (15 marks).
  • Two references uploaded via the online application portal (please note that the HEA is not able to accept references submitted via email or other sources outside of the online application portal) (15 marks)

How to Apply for Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarships 2021

Applications can be submitted via the online portal here

Check PDF here for Application Procedures

Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarships Assessment Process

  • The HEA will establish an independent International Assessment Panel to
    evaluate the applications received. The Assessment Panel will consider the
    extent to which the applications meet the criteria of the 2021 Call as outlined
  • All applications will be assessed solely on the basis of the material provided to the HEA at the time of submission.
  • The HEA will give priority in awarding this scholarship to those students who are not in receipt of alternative scholarships or other funding support.
  • Applications will be first reviewed by the HEA for eligibility. The HEA will then share details of the applications with the relevant HEI from which the scholarship applicant has a conditional or final offer(s) of a place. The HEI will provide the HEA with feedback in relation to the awarding of the scholarships and its alignment in regards to its institutional international strategic objectives2 for
    • country of origin of applicants;
    • proposed study cycle (Bachelor, Master, PhD) of applicants;
    • field of study of applicants;
    • Institutional capacity
  • Applications will then be sent for independent remote evaluation to the Assessment Panel members.
  • The Assessment Panel members will allocate scores as per the evaluation
    criteria detailed above. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves fully with the evaluation criteria prior to making an application to the scheme.
  • The Assessment Panel will submit their independent evaluations prior to
    coming together to discuss the ranked list of applications. The Assessment Panel will then arrive at an overall judgement of standard and make final
    recommendations to the HEA. An independent audit processor will be
    present at the Assessment Panel meeting.
  • The top twelve ranked applications will be automatically funded on the basis of excellence, as they represent the top 20% of the 60 awards to be funded.
  • In addition to the ranked position of the applications, the remaining 48 awards will be allocated with consideration to:
    • Institutional (university, technological university, institute of technology etc.), field of study, level of study and geographical
    • potential social/development benefit that might accrue to the country origin in areas like education, social work, health promotion, and
      infrastructural development;
    • the under-representation of women and men in certain disciplines in
      which they are traditionally under-represented.
  • Only applications that meet a minimum threshold can be considered for the awarding of a scholarship (60 of 100 marks).
  • The HEA’s decision on whether to award a scholarship under this scheme is final.
  • Each HEI that has been named in a successful application will be contacted to confirm that they are in a position to provide the required matching funding. Confirmation of this by the HEI constitutes its agreement to, and acceptance
    of, the Call for Application’s terms. HEIs are encouraged to examine the possibility of philanthropic contributions to support the scholarships; or the possibility to re-brand existing institutional scholarships in order to augment the total number of awards available.

Reporting Requirements Post Assessment

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Successful Scholars (and HEIs) will be required to meet HEA reporting
requirements and will be required to participate in a small number of
scholarship events (e.g. HEA formal awarding of scholarships / welcome event, national promotion activities). The HEA also reserves the right to conduct audits/evaluations to ensure that the highest levels of student care are provided to incoming students. The HEA will advise on all reporting requirements in due course.

Other Informations about the Scholarship

  • The scholarship stipend will be transferred to the host higher education institution (HEI) of the successful student in two payments of €5,000. The
    HEI will then put in place a system to transfer the funds to the scholarship awardee.
  • The HEI will be required to give a FULL fee waiver to the student for the scholarship year (i.e. tuition fee and registration charge are waived). This is the minimum matching funding requirement that institutions will be required to make to the scholarship scheme.
  • It is expected that a total of 60 scholarships will be funded by the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships for the
    academic year 2021/2022.
  • Applicants must have a domiciliary of origin1 not equal to the EU/EEA,
    United Kingdom or Switzerland. Please refer to our FAQ for a further
    explanation regarding domiciliary of origin.

Application Deadline: The deadline for the submission of applications is 5pm (Irish Time) 26 March 2021

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