Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship

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The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Program is financial support provided by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Under the initiative, 60 scholarships are offered to the eligible candidates who are planning to pursue Bachelor, Master or Ph.D. courses at an eligible Irish higher education institution.

  • Available to all the international students commencing studies at one of the universities in Ireland.
  • An award amount of 10,000 USD for one year’s study in Ireland is provided.
  • Also, a full fee waiver of all tuition and other registration costs is also provided
  • Scholarship applications must be completed by 5 pm (Irish Time) 27 March 2020.
  • Recipients will be required to commence their studies in September/October 2020.

The candidates who have received an offer of a place at an eligible Irish higher education institution can apply to the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship. Notification of the scholarship award will be sent to the applicant by June 1, 2020.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based
Offered byGovernment bodies
OrganizationGovernment of Ireland
Application DeadlinePassed
No. of Scholarships60
Amount$10,832
Renewabilityno
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttp://eurireland.ie/2020/02/10/government-of-ireland-international-education-scholarships-2020/

Eligibility Criteria

GOI-IES prioritizes the selection of students who apply for the same academic year as the intended year of study, To be eligible for the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • be an international student (not from EU/ EEA or Switzerland)
  • be applying for admission to a relevant Bachelor, Master or Ph.D. program at one of the eligible universities or colleges in Ireland offering full-time programs.
  • have a conditional or final admission offer from one of the Higher Education Institution (HEI) for-
    • The final year of a UG program
    • One year of a taught master program
    • One year of a research program

Additionally, a candidate must:

  • possess excellence (academically, personally, professionally, creatively)
  • showcase excellent communication abilities
  • show his/her involvement in extracurricular activities ( like humanitarian work; politics- local, national, international; arts; sports)
  • possess a strong rationale for studying in Ireland that indicates how a GOI-IES fits into their longer-term goals.

In case an applicant has been accepted to more than one university, they need to submit separate applications for each course offered.


Application Process

To apply for the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship, applicants are required to complete an online scholarship application. The students must check the course and its eligibility before applying for the scholarship.

  • Complete the application form through the Higher Education Authority official online portal
  • Submit the required documents-
    • Academic qualification, achievements or work experience
    • Personal Statement with answers to the three questions asked
    • Two references

A marking scheme with a total of 100 marks is part of the selection criteria. Each of the requirements carries some points. For example, the applicants who meet the academic and work experience are awarded 40 marks while the personal statements carry 45 marks (15 marks each) and 15 marks for the references.

All the applications for the scholarships must be submitted through the online portal. The last date for the submission of applications is 5 pm (Irish Time) 27 March 2020


Selection Process

HEA will establish an independent International Assessment Panel that considers the applications for the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship based on the criteria stated for the 2020 Call.

  • All the applications will be considered solely based on the material provided to the HEA at the time of submission.
  • Priority is given to students who do not have any alternative scholarships or other funding options
  • Applications are first screened by HEA for eligibility. Post this, the HEI provides feedback regarding the international strategic objective for
    • Country of origin of applicants
    • The proposed program of study
    • Applicant’s field of study
    • Institutional capacity
  • Each application will then be assessed by two remote independent members of the Assessment Panel. Points will be allocated depending on the evaluation criteria independently.
  • After assessing all the applications and the scores, the top twelve ranked applications will be automatically funded based on excellence.
  • The remaining 48 will be allocated with consideration to the institution, field and level of study, social benefit, etc.

Grant Details

Now the eligible international students can get a chance to sponsor their education in Ireland through the Government of Ireland- International Education Scholarship. The scholarship is available to international students coming from non-EU/EEA countries to study at a university offering a full-time program in Ireland for one year. The scheme will prioritize the selection of students who apply for the current academic year 2020-2021.

  • A scholarship fund worth Euro 10,000 for one study year in Ireland is awarded
  • It is anticipated that a total of 60 scholarships will be offered by the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships to the students applying in the academic year 2020/2021.
Eligible candidatesInternational candidates
Number of scholarships60
Scholarship awardReduction in Tuition fees
Mode of applyingOnline

Eligible Universities/ Institutions in Ireland for GOI- IES

A few of the eligible institutions under the GOI-IES 2020 program are

Any questions related to the call for applications must be submitted to GOI-IES@hea.ie by 27 March 2020. No telephonic queries will be accommodated.

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