2022 Government of Ireland postgraduate scheme

2022 IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

The 2022 Irish Research Council Government of Ireland (GOI) scheme is now open with a closing date for applications (to be submitted via the online system) of 4pm Irish time on Thursday 21st October 2021.


  • Deadline for FAQs -Thursday 14th October 2021 (4pm Irish time) - send to scholarships.graduatestudies@dcu.ie
  • Internal TORA deadline - Thursday 14th October 2021 Tora details for Supervisors
  • Deadline for applications -Thursday 21st October 2021 (4pm Irish time)
  • Deadline for supervisor, referees and mentor submissions -Thursday 4th November 2021 (4pm Irish time)
  • Deadline for research office endorsement -Thursday 18th November 2021 (4pm Irish time).

Results are expected to be announced at the end of March 2022. Official start date is 1st September 2022.

Call documentation:

Current FAQs:  7th October 2021

Note the following important information:

  • All applicants are required to complete and pass an eligibility quiz on the online system prior to accessing an application form
  • The NAME of the Primary Supervisor you use in the eligibility quiz and the online application MUST BE EXACTLY THE SAME
  • If you have/are to have joint/co supervisors at DCU you must select ONE of these to be the Primary Supervisor. The other can be listed as a Secondary Supervisor and can also be a Referee
  • If you registered at DCU during the registration grace period or need to confirm your date of first registration get in touch with scholarships.graduatestudies@dcu.ie
  • Your GENDER SHOULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED in your application form; any forms submitted on your behalf (supervisor, referee forms); or on any supplementary materials you decide to upload eg. bibliographys. As such, applications must be anonymous and free from pronouns or other words which would identify the applicant’s identity and gender.
  • You will have to provide an ORCID so register for one at orcid.org if you do not have one
  • A Gantt chart is requested as part of the online application
  • For supporting information on the call email scholarhips.graduatestudies@dcu.ie
  • Applications are accepted in any discipline from new entrants and continuing research students. 

Strategic funding partners

Applicants can only apply under one 'theme' ie. under the main GOI call or under a Strategic Funding Partner (SFP). Those who apply under a SFP will also have their application considered for a GOI award. Please read appendices of Call Document for further details:

  • (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency (Appendix 1) - 7 scholarships available
  • Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (Appendix 2) - 3 scholarships available 
  • (DFA) Department of Foreign Affairs (Appendix 4) - x1 (Andrew Grene) scholarship 
  • Met Éireann (Appendix 3) - 3 scholarships available

Advice for applicants (from IRC Call Document)

  • 3.5 Pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or those introducing creative, innovative approaches are welcomed
  • 3.6 Proposals of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged as it is recognised that advancing fundamental understanding is achieved by integrating information, techniques, tools and perspectives from two or more disciplines
  • 14.11 Applicants are assessed under 4 headings - Appendix 6 Call Document -and should familiarise themselves fully with this evaluation criteria before applying:
  • Applicant (40%)
  • Project (40%)
  • Traning and Career Development (10%)
  • Environment (10%)

What the scholarship offers:

Awardees receive an annual package of up to  €27,500 per annum comprising of:

  • A scholarship stipend of €18,500 per annum
  • Fee contribution of €5,505 (STEM) or €4905 (AHSS) per annum - depending on the HEI
  • Research expenses of  €3,250 per annum

Academic Supervisors/Referees

Applicants can add one Secondary Supervisor to their applications. In the event of joint academic supervision, the applicant must choose one to be the Primary Supervisor (the Secondary Supervisor's involvement can be included in the application in the 'Proposed Research' section).  The Secondary Supervisor is indeed eligible to be one of the applicant's 2 Referees.

Applicants are to select 2 Referees who do not need to pre-register. Neither Referee can be the Primary Academic Supervisor. Once saved to the online application, referees can logon and submit their form to the IRC (before the student has submitted the final application). The Primary Supervisor cannot submit a reference until the applicant has submitted their application form.

All reference forms contribute to the applicant score and environment score.  The Evaluation Criteria gives a good indication of where marks lie. It is helpful if the Referees are enthused about the applicant, project and fit. Assessors use the references (so it is a good idea that they are written with consideration).

The IRC will not enter into written or telephone correspondence with individual applicants. In the first instance, applicants should email the Graduate Studies Office at scholarships.graduatestudies@dcu.ie for information and clarification on the call. 

Applications are only accepted via the online system.

All GOI scholarships are to commence on 1st September 2022. Non-EU applicants must satisfy DCU's english language entrance requirements: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml


To confirm:

Applicants to the GOI scheme will have a Primary Supervisor (and can add one Secondary Supervisor who can also be a referee), and 2 Referees.