16 March, 2015- Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Programme 2015

The Minister for Education and Skills is to award scholarships worth a total of €750,000 to 30 high achieving students from Brazil, China, India and Malaysia under the 2015 Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Programme. Launched in 2012 as part of the Government’s international education strategy, the scholarships include a full tuition fee waiver and the award of €7,500 to a student for one year of a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree.

The current call placed a key emphasis on strengthening relationships with Latin America’s leading economy - Brazil. Under that country’s study abroad programme – Science Without Borders – more than 3,300 students will have enrolled in Irish higher education institutions over the period 2013-2015.

The breakdown of the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships by country is as follows:

  • Brazil               15
  • China               7
  • India                7
  • Malaysia          1

The awards are made initially to the higher education institutions on the basis of a competitive application process and in the current call the recipients are:

6 Awards       -     University College Cork, Waterford Institute of Technology

3 Awards       -     Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology

2 Awards       -     University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of Technology

1 Award        -      National University of Ireland, Galway; Athlone Institute of  Technology; Institute of Technology, Carlow; Dublin Business School

Speaking today, Minister O’Sullivan said that: “These scholarships are a long-term investment in future global relationships. The scholarships will assist in ensuring that Ireland’s international profile and attractiveness is enhanced by educating the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, decision makers and social innovators.”

HEA Chief Executive Tom Boland commented: “Educational partnerships are a crucial part of Ireland’s international engagement strategy. Scholarship programmes like this play a key role in building those relationships and will provide the bridge long into the future between this country and key emerging economies, who value and invest in education.”