Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship [2023]


The government of Ireland is accepting applications for its International students scholarship programme.

This scholarship scheme is open to students from non-EU/EEA countries.

A total of 60 scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants for a period of one year. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must have an open offer to study at the master’s or PhD level of any eligible Irish higher education institution.

Students who get this scholarship will receive the following;

  1. A €10,000 stipend for one year’s study.
  2. A full fee waiver for all tuition and registration costs at the higher institution.

Aims and Objectives

The Irish Government hopes to brand its country as a destination for international education, quality learning, research and innovation. It is expected that for every scholarship awardee, awareness of Ireland
among many more potential students as a location of excellence in international will

Candidates must demonstrate the following;

  1. A record of outstanding academic achievement.
  2. Excellent communication skills;
  3. Participation in extra curriculum activities. For example; humanitarian work; politics either local, national or international; arts; sports;
  4. A strong rationale for pursuing their study in Ireland that indicates how a GOI-IES aligns with their longer-term goals.

Eligible Irish Higher Education Institutions

Students who are interested in this scholarship must have a master’s or PhD admission offer from any of the schools listed below;

  1. American College Dublin
  2. Atlantic Technological University
  3. CCT College, Dublin
  4. Dublin Business School
  5. Dublin City University
  6. Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  7. Dundalk Institute of Technology
  8. Galway Business School
  9. Griffith College, Dublin
  10. ICD Business School
  11. Dublin
  12. Independent College, Dublin
  13. Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  14. Maynooth University
  15. Munster Technological University
  16. National College of Art and Design, Dublin
  17. National College of Ireland, Dublin
  18. The University of Galway
  19. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  20. South East Technological University
  21. Technological University Dublin
  22. Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest
  23. Trinity College Dublin
  24. University College Cork
  25. University College Dublin
  26. University of Limerick

How to Apply for the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships (2023)

Follow these steps to apply for the Government of Ireland’s international education scholarship programme;

Step 1: Apply to an Eligible Institution 

From the list of eligible institutions above, pick one, visit the institutions’ website and apply for a master’s or PhD programme.

If your application is approved, you will be given a conditional or final offer letter. If you do not have this letter, you cannot proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Signup on the Irish Higher Education Authority website

Visit the Irish HEA website and sign up with a valid email address and password. You must accept the data collection terms by ticking the box.

Step 3: Create a Profile

Click on the ‘create a profile to get started’ button.

On the next page, you will be required to fill in your name and answer the ensuing questions.

When you are done, click on create a profile to proceed.

Step 4: Enter your Offers from Eligible Institutions

Click the + Get started button to enter an offer. A list of options that you need to fill in will appear.

Fill in all the details correctly and hit the submit application button. 

If you have more than one offer letter, repeat this process.

Once you have completed your application, wait for further instructions from the Irish Higher Education Authority.

Note that there is a marking system to qualify each candidate. The total mark attainable is 100 marks. 

Each candidate will be graded on the following;

  1. Academic qualifications, achievements and/or work experience (40 marks).
  2. 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 the institution, to Ireland (economically and societally), 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 maximise their academic and cultural exchange experience and to raise awareness of the GOI-IES scheme in Ireland and beyond (15 marks);
    • 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).
  3. 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)

Deadline: Submission closes on 24th, March 2023.

For further enquiries, send a mail to [email protected].


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