International Scholarships 2023/2024

University of Galway is committed to attracting high calibre students from around the world. To this end, we offer a range of merit-based scholarships to students from a number of non-EU countries, in line with our strategic international priorities. For international students commencing study at University of Galway they are a number of different scholarships on offer. 

Global Achievement Scholarship (Undergraduate) 

University of Galway is delighted to offer a Global Achievement Scholarship to eligible applicants, providing a €2,000 reduction in tuition fees for their first year of undergraduate study. There is no need to apply separately for this scholarship, as all eligible candidates will be automatically considered based on their academic results and personal statement.

To qualify for this scholarship, successful candidates must be:

  • assessed as international for fees purposes
  • self-funded (ie not be receiving funding from any other external sources such as government or employer sponsorship)

and have:

  • met the conditions outlined in your full-time undergraduate course offer letter
  • have secured a place for full-time study at the University of Galway on an eligible programme starting in September 2023.

Please note that eligible programmes for this scholarship are limited to bachelor's degrees offered by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, the College of Business, Public Policy and Law, and Shannon College.

If you are selected to receive this scholarship, a letter confirming your award will be sent to you.

Business Postgraduate Merit Scholarships 

  • J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at University of Galway is offering Merit Scholarships across their suite of Business Taught Master's programmes.  
  • For international applicants, one merit scholarship is available per programme, awarded up to 50% of the tuition fees, for the majority of courses.  
  • To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have achieved a H1 (or international equivalent) in their primary degree. There is no application form to be completed as part of this process. 
  • Eligible students who had accepted their offer and paid their deposit before 1st May 2023 will be automatically considered by the review team.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on a highly competitive basis. 
  • All successful applicants will be notified directly via email. Those successful will be asked to complete a short form to confirm receipt of the scholarship. Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing: 22nd May 2023.

College of Science and Engineering

  • The College of Science and Engineering at University of Galway is offering Excellence and Merit Scholarships across their suite of Science and Engineering postgraduate programmes and Science and Engineering undergraduate programmes.
  • For international applicants, a number of excellence scholarships are available up to €10,000 and merit scholarships are available up to €4,000.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on a highly competitive basis. 
  • All applicants have been considered by the review team and only successful applicants will be notified directly via email on the week commencing the 3rd of July.
  • Those successful will be asked to complete a short form to confirm receipt of the scholarship and to accept their offer of a place on the programme. 

Shannon College of Hotel Management 'High School Star' Competition

Shannon Colleg of Hotel Management in association with Education Ireland is delighted to offer a 'High School Star' competition to eligible applicants, providing a €6,000 scholarship for undergraduate study. To qualify for this scholarship, successful candidates must be:

Full competition details can be found here.

Hardiman Scholarships 

Hardiman Scholarships applications for 2024 are now open. The Hardiman PhD Scholarships are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €22,000 p.a. plus a tuition fee waiver. The Scholarships offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD focused on the five key areas of research in which the University offers leading expertise. For more information vist here.

Visiting Students

Education in Ireland – Fund for Education Abroad

Deadline: Wednesday September 20th 2024

Eligibility Information: Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a US institution, receiving credit for the program at their home institution, and participating in a study abroad program in Ireland during Spring 2024

General application formation: Apply – Fund for Education Abroad

Application: Fund For Education Abroad Scholarship Spring 2024 (

Interested students can check out blog entries by other FEA Scholars who studied abroad in Ireland here: Scholar Journals – Fund for Education Abroad

FEA's Spring 2042 flier can be found here: FEA Flyer (Fall Mailing) (


Other External Funding Sources for International Students

Irish Fulbright Commission

Government of Ireland – International Education Scholarships 2023

The George J. Mitchell Scholarships

European Union

2024 Japanese Government Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology/MEXT) Research Student & Undergraduate Student Scholarships

The Wellcome Trust

Irish Research Council

The Health Research Board

Open Society Foundations

Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme

This is one of the instruments used by Irish Aid to support capacity development in Ireland's programme countries in Africa and Asia.  The FTP involves the award of fellowships to suitably qualified candidates from the target countries to undertake studies usually at postgraduate level in fields such as development studies, rural development, health care and education and other disciplines which are likely to support and enhance the capacity of recipients to contribute to the development effort in their own countries. Irish Aid’s partner countries are Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Palestine, Timor Leste and Vietnam and Malawi.

For further information on applications and approved courses please contact office

China Scholarship Council (CSC)

The General Sir John Monash Awards(Australia)

Research Careers Ireland

Education in Ireland is an Irish government agency responsible for promoting Irish education overseas. The Education in Ireland website lists various funding opportunities for international students studying in Ireland.