Call for Applications: Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarships 2020


Deadline: 27 March 2020, 5 p.m

Background & Objectives
The internationalisation of Irish higher education is a key element in the delivery of a quality teaching, learning and research experience for students and staff and for building international engagement for the sector. The Government of Ireland -
International Education Scholarship (GOI-IES) scheme was established under the
provisions of the Government’s International Education Strategy, 2010–2015 and
expanded under the successor strategy “Irish Educated, Globally Connected (2016-2020). Attention is also drawn to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Global Ireland: Delivering in the Asia Pacific Region to 2025 strategy.

The aim of the 2020 GOI-IES scheme is to reflect Ireland’s engagement in target
partner countries. The scheme is operated in the higher education sector and funded in partnership between the Government and the higher education institutions (HEIs). Scholarships will be branded as prestigious awardsreflecting the core messages about Ireland as a centre of international education. It is expected that for every scholarship winner, awareness of Ireland will be raised among many more potential students.

Benefits for students: Scholarships must be regarded as highly desirable and valueadding to individuals’ subsequent lives and careers. In view of this, the GOI-IES will be
• to high calibre higher education students from non-EU/EEA countries;
• to study in Ireland for a period of one year

Benefits for Higher Education sector: GOI-IES will reflect Ireland’s commitment to
excellence in the provision of higher education for both domestic and international
• for scholarships that will highlight Ireland’s strengths as a centre of
international education;
• to promote links with target markets globally;
• to strengthen the internationalisation strategies of HEIs especially in
the context of the system performance framework.

Eligible Irish Higher Education Institutions
Applicants will need to apply for admission to a relevant Bachelor, Master or PhD
programme offered by an eligible Higher Education Institution (see Appendix 1) as
per that HEI’s admission procedures. Applicants are expected to have a
conditional or final offer of admission to the HEI at the time of application and will
be required to submit a copy of same. Should an applicant be in receipt of more
than one offer, separate applications may be submitted for each course
offer. Final offers will be subject to admission to the relevant HEI. Applicants
should make enquiries directly to the relevant institution prior to submission of an
application to the HEA.

Submission of Applications
(1) The Call for Applications will issue 10 February 2020 and the centralised
application system - link. is now live and accepting applications.
(2) The application should be submitted via this link.
(3) Any questions regarding the call for applications should be submitted to Telephone queries cannot
be accommodated.
(4) The HEA will advise the applicants and the HEIs of the outcome of the
evaluation process by 1 June 2020

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