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Study-in-Ireland: Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Programme

Study-in-Ireland: 2024 International Scholarship Programme for Students

Application is now open for the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship (GOI-IES) Programme, through which 60 scholarships will be made available to successful candidates offered admission into any eligible Irish institution for a one-year masters or PhD study.

Scholarship Summary
Host Country: Ireland
Eligible Countries: All Countries
Benefit: Fully-funded scholarship and €10,000 stipend
Duration: One Year
Category: Masters and PhD Scholarships


The International Education Scholarship (GOI-IES) scheme was created as part of the Irish government’s international education strategy from 2010 to 2015, and was later expanded under the Irish Educated, Globally Connected strategy from 2016 to 2020.
The aim of the 2024 GOI-IES scheme is to reflect Ireland’s engagement in target
partner countries. The 2024 GOI-IES scheme, managed by the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, is designed to showcase Ireland’s involvement with certain partner countries, specifically within the higher education sector.  The scheme is funded by both the Irish government and higher education institutions, and is meant to be seen as a prestigious award that promotes Ireland as a hub for international education, research, and innovation. It is expected tat the scholarships granted under this scheme will increase awareness and interest in Ireland as a top destination for international education among potential students, and the Higher Education Authority is also responsible for selecting scholarship recipients through a competitive application process.


Ireland remains one of the best places in the world where quality education is greatly prioritized, with its standard of education in consistently ranking among the best in the world.
Studying in Ireland offers one the opportunity of receiving a top-notch education, as it houses top-level universities that focuses on research and global collaboration.
Also, the people of Ireland are proud of their unique culture and are happy to share it with others. Despite being a small country with a population of around five million, there are over 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish heritage. This means that once you have lived in Ireland, you will have a global network of friends and connections.
Additionally, the Irish are known for their warm and welcoming nature, so you can be sure that you will feel at home while studying in this beautiful country.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the scholarship, interested candidates should note the following;

  • Apply for admission to a relevant Master’s or PhD program at an eligible higher education institution (HEI).
  • Follow the admission procedures of the chosen HEI.
  • Have a conditional or final offer of admission to the HEI at the time of application.
  • Submit a copy of the offer of admission.

If an applicant receives more than one offer for a course, they may submit separate applications for each offer. The final offers for admission to a higher education institution (HEI) will depend on the applicant being accepted by the relevant institution. It is recommended that applicants contact the relevant institution directly before submitting an application through the online system.

Here is the list of qualities that candidates are expected to have:

  • ‌A record of outstanding academic achievement
  • Excellent communication skills
  • ‌Participation in extracurricular activities, such as humanitarian work, politics, arts, sports, etc.
  • ‌A strong rationale for pursuing their study in Ireland and how the GOI-IES program aligns with their long-term goals.

Applicants are expected to provide the following when filling the online application form;

  1. Academic qualifications, achievements, and/or work experience.
  2. Personal statement: In the personal statement, applicants will be required to demonstrate how becoming a GOI-IES Scholar will benefit them personally and professionally, as well as how it will benefit the institution, Ireland, and their country of origin. They will also need to show how they plan to become actively involved in Irish society and raise awareness of the GOI-IES scheme in Ireland and beyond. Additionally, they will need to demonstrate a long-term
  3. Uploading of two reference letters uploaded directly through the online application portal (The HEA does not accept references submitted via email or other sources outside of the online application portal).

Eligible Higher Institutions in Ireland where Applicants can seek admission

  • The following is a list of all institutions eligible under the GOI-IES 2023 programme:
  • American College Dublin
  • Atlantic Technological University
  • CCT College, Dublin
  • Dublin Business School
  • Dublin City University
  • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Galway Business School
  • Griffith College , Dublin
  • ICD Business School , Dublin
  • Independent College , Dublin
  • Mary Immaculate College , Limerick
  • Maynooth University
  • Munster Technological University
  • National College of Art and Design, Dublin
  • National College of Ireland, Dublin
  • University of Galway
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • South East Technological University
  • Technological University Dublin
  • Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick

Benefits of the GOI-IES Programme

The scholarship provides the following to successful graduate students;

  • €10,000 stipend for one year of study.
  • Tuition fees, living expenses and other registration costs.

How to Apply for the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships (GOI-IS) Programme?

Candidates are to submit their application through an online portal, on or before 24th of March 2024


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