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Advice on how best to apply for scholarships in Ireland

October 16, 2014 | By | 17 Comments

Before the added expenses of studying abroad makes you want to chuck the whole idea out the window, consider applying for scholarships offered specifically to international students in Ireland. The following review from Bhaskar Mitra, our UCD ambassador, just might be your ticket to success…

Information about scholarships from an Irish university tends to be scarce. But, I’ve noticed over the years that Irish universities have increased the number of scholarships for Indian, Latin American, and many other students from diverse backgrounds who want to pursue higher studies, be it obtaining an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.

There are various scholarship schemes, such as the Excellence and Government of Ireland Scholarships, which are highly competitive and include a full tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend for living. Every university has their own funding, and can help international students pay the Non-EU tuition fees which are likely to be higher than European fees. Additionally, Irish universities charge nearly half the amount in education fees, without compromising the quality of academics in terms of teaching or research. This is a big relief to someone who is used to paying exorbitant fees in countries like the U.S. and Canada.

Take these points into consideration while filling out the online application…

Before you have been nominated for a scholarship:

  • Be precise to fill in exact details that the reviewer wants to see and assess
  • Make sure you have a competent CV resume
  • Have good letters of recommendation from your home universities
  • Learn to effectively write a letter to a professor requesting a PhD or Post Doc Position in his or her lab
  • Know your skills and mention them
  • Be focused and convey clear thoughts to avoid unforeseen misunderstandings
  • Practice writing professional resumes so that the reviewer is impressed from the start
  • Have a clear reason as to why you need a scholarship
  • Explain why they should nominate you
  • In your letter of motivation, include what competitive benefits you can bring to the host university
  • This should go without saying, but NEVER forge any document or piece of evidence
  • Have clear views and a coherent sense of writing so that your application is agreeable to all the members on the scholarship committee
  • Submit your application well before the deadline

After you have been nominated for a scholarship:

  • Write a formal letter to the scholarship coordinator stating whether you would like to accept the offer or decline it (you may or may not explain your reason)
  • If you have accepted the offer, ask for proof of the scholarship in order to apply for your student visa
  • Most importantly, have an estimate of your costs for the following year and accordingly plan your expenditures within the scholarship budget

If you have all these points covered and your bags packed, welcome to Ireland!

Stay tuned subscribers for more blogs and fun stuff from all of the Education in Ireland International Student Ambassadors!

Do you want to study in Ireland? Check out the Education in Ireland website for all the info you need.


  1. Thank you for this interesting information about actual question for lots future students from non-EU counties! But I really didn’t see bonus of it. I saw next information:
    “Award: Students paying non-EU fee rate are eligible for a €2,000 tuition fee scholarship ”
    Is it means €2,000 which will be paying once a year? If yes, so – very is reason? I am going to pay above 15 000 – 20 000 euro for one year of education and will be able to get just 2000 euro of scholarship? It looks more like some discount that real scholarship.
    Maybe I didn’t understand something? Can you help and explain me more, please?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Bhaskar

      Hey Alexey,

      Thank you for your enquiry. But just to get you more informed there are 100 percent scholarships with living stipend also. The Scholarships are Govt of Ireland Scholarship, UCD Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship for master students in UCD Belfield Campus. For Business School which is UCD Micheal Smurfit School they have separate scholarships in different fields starting from marketing to operation management and the scholarships provided are from 50 percent to 100 percent. With regard to your question 2000 euro is deducted from your second semester fee and it is done to lower your tuition costs. Its the same system with UK and for USA tuition fees are still higher. There is nothing called discount in tuition fee but it is referred to as UCD graduate scholarship. Every college gives full scholarships here which to linked to Government organizations. If you still in doubt please write an email to me at

  2. dreaming of studying in Ireland

  3. Very good tips for availing international scholarships. I would forward this article to may frind who is looking for scholarship option for higher studies.

    • Bhaskar

      Dear All,

      Thank you so much for your support.


  4. Hi Bhaskar !
    I have emailed you some queries regarding study in Ireland on your email id provided above. Please do reply back to the same. Would be very thankful to you ,if you do so.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

  5. Hello Bhaskar !

    I am a business graduate and wish to pursue MSc in Food Business Strategy from UCD
    I am curious to know whether I am fit for the course and how to proceed for the scholarship.

    Thank you.

    • Bhaskar

      Hey Priyam,

      Thank you for your enquiry. For sure , with a business degree you are qualified for this course but with reference to the scholarship I advice you to contact the concerned department. In 2013, I was in the Belfield campus but this course is in the UCD Micheal Smurfit School so I think that the best thing for you now is to contact the school which is offering this module. I would like you to contact Ms Una Condron, Marketing Manager UCD, her email id is

      Please do take my name as a reference to her which in a way will be easier for you. I also request you that when you send her an email do provide me with a copy.


  6. Hello Bhaskar,

    Thank you so much for your help I will definitely send you a copy of mail in your email id.

    Again thank you so much for your help .

  7. Tarun

    Hello sir,
    I am doing an undergraduate course in engineering my major is biomedical engineering I read your blog and am intrsted to pursue post graduation in biomedical enginerring in UCD. Can you please brief me if am eligible for the course and the scholarship too
    Thank you

    • Bhaskar

      Hi Tarun,

      Yes you are but not for this year but for the next incoming year. Apply for the course first and then the scholarship. Once you have the offer from UCD that will facilitate you to get the scholarship. Scholarships links are :

      2. UCD V.V. Giri Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship

      Open to: All successful applicants to eligible Masters programmes who are citizens of and resident in India.

      Award: 4 x 100% tuition fee scholarships

      Deadline: 31 March 2015 (2015/2016 closed for application)

      How to apply: Apply through

      Please contact for further information.

      UCD Global Excellence Graduate Scholarships

      Open to: All successful applicants to eligible full time, one-year taught Masters programmes who are citizens of and resident in India.


      5 x 50% Global Excellence Tuition Fee Scholarships
      100 x €3,000 Tuition Fee Scholarships (awarded to applicants who accept offers on a first come, first served basis)
      Deadline: 31 March 2015 (2015/2016 closed for application)

      Please contact for more information.

      Universitas 21 Alumni Scholarship

      Open to: All graduates of Delhi University (UCD’s Universitas 21 partner). Guaranteed to all graduates of Delhi Uuniversity who are offered a place a place.

      Award: €3,000 tuition fee scholarship

      How to apply: When you are offered a place at UCD please email to confirm your eligibility for this scholarship.

      UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business scholarships:

      Please see for information on scholarships available to students studying at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

      Please contact UCD Desk for it. If you need something contact me ….no Porblem.

      Best Regards,

  8. Thank you for the article was very helpful and inspired me to reach various scholarships there. Thanks so much success for all of them. 🙂

  9. Vyas adithya

    Hi Bhaskar, thanks for the excellent is really informative.. i habe secured admission for the msc management program at the ucd smurfit business school.. it is a bit confusing to know if I am eligible for the v.v.giri scholarship as it is a course in the business school.. could you clarify that? I graduated from NIT trichy and have worked abroad in mexico for a couple of years.. i have a cgpa around 8.4… could you give me an idea about the criteria they use for the scholarship.. is it just based on cgpa.. coz i feel i have a really well rounded profile with abroad internships and work exp… do they look at extracurriculars when they award the scholarship? Thanks im advance

  10. Fran

    Hi Bhaskar!

    Thanks so much for writing this article. It has been very useful. I have one questions, in your statement when you say to explain why you need a scholarship. Do you have any tips on how to go about this… I could easily say I need the scholarship because I can’t afford this school and won’t be able to attend without a scholarship… but obviously, that isn’t the best way, any tips?

  11. Jasleen

    Hi Bhaskar
    Just read your article and I find it really helpful. I am pursuing Commerce undergraduate degree currently and my final exams will be in March do you think I should start applying for colleges and scholarships in Ireland already. And is there a specific qualification for scholarships or you just have to be excellent in studies cause you see last 2 years I was able to secure 57%only although I am working damn hard for 3rd year and this really terrifies me. May be you cold suggest something as I have seen in comments you are really supportive and understanding.

  12. Hi Sir.

    there any possibility scholarships in undergraduate in english language or literature for latin american aspirants.

    thank you.

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