Postgraduate fellowship programme

Government of Ireland 2023/2024 Postgraduate Fellowship Programme for International Students: Apply Now!

Postgraduate fellowship programme

Introduction to the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship Programme is a well-established national initiative managed by the Council and funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science.

The postgraduate fellowship programme offers awards to postgraduate students from Ireland and abroad to study in Ireland. The fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and research potential. The Programme aims to promote Ireland as a place of study and research.


The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship Programme is unique in the Irish research landscape and complements other channels for funded postgraduate education in the Irish ecosystem. Among its features are:

  • Individual, prestigious awards for excellent research in the name of the applicant;
  • An objective selection process using international, independent expert peer review;
  • Funding across all disciplines, from archaeology to zoology; and
  • Awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for the Ireland government postgraduate fellowship programme.

  • There is no age limit for applicants to be eligible for either programme type.
  • All applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Irish higher education institution or research-performing organization.
  • Applications will only be accepted in either the Irish or English language.
  • Applicants must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the relevant programme, including to strategic partner themes. This applies regardless of whether the applicant has changed their host institution or research topic since a previous submission.
  • The Irish Research Council is not in a position to award funding for research activity in any of the following prohibited areas:
    ▪ human cloning for reproductive purposes;
    ▪ genetic modification of human beings that could make such changes heritable (with the exception of research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads, which may be funded); or
    ▪ creation of human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.

Fellowship Benefits

The following benefits are available to all successful applicants to the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship programme.

  • A stipend of €19,000 per annum;
  • A contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum; and
  • Eligible direct research expenses of €3,250 per annum.

How to Apply

Before proceeding to the application page, applicants interested in applying for this program are strongly encouraged to read the whole description of the program. Applicants should also read the FAQs section carefully, as it contains important information about the application process. Finally, applicants should review the terms and conditions before completing the application.

Click here to check out the official announcement page for more details about the application process.

Please note that the application closing date is October 12, 2023.

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