Irish Research Council
The Irish Research Council (‘the Council’) was established by Minister Sean Sherlock T.D. in March 2012. The Council was formed through the merger of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and the Council is a sub-board of the HEA. Building on solid foundations laid down by the former councils, the Irish Research Council will deliver enhanced opportunities and benefits to the Irish research community. The Irish Research Council will enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across the diversity of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of cultural, economic and societal development.
The Irish Research Council manages a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate study to senior research project-based awards. For early stage researchers these include the Government of Ireland Post-Graduate Scholarships and Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowships, which fund research at pre- and post-doctoral levels, and the Research Development Initiative Scheme, which allows researchers and research teams to expand their activities into new research areas by way of stimulus project grants and knowledge transfer initiatives.
Further information and application forms are available from http://www.research.ie
Teagasc Walsh Fellowship
Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. It is a major employer of postgraduate Walsh Fellowship students with some 140 pursuing PhD programmes at any one time. A budget of €3.2 million per annum is committed to the programme. There are up to 30 new places each year with a grant of €21,000 per student.
Application forms and further information available from Teagasc or Email: [email protected]
The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards scholarships to Irish and EU students, scholars and professionals to study, research and lecture across all disciplines in the US. Fulbright Awards include a monetary grant, visa administration, accident and emergency insurance and cultural and professional programs while in the US.
Application forms and further information available from Fulbright Commission or Email: [email protected]
Other funding options
Some research students compete for places on externally funded WIT research projects. These are advertised in the press and on Funded Masters and Phd Section
Some research students are sponsored by their family or employer.
Some research students are self-financing. Many of these work part-time to cover their expenses. Some duties may be available within WIT to assist people in this category.