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Best PhD scholarships at the University of Galway For International students


When you think of studying abroad and your mind automatically starts hoping for scholarships, doesn't it? Scholarships are a blessing for international students desirous of pursuing education abroad. From a beginner-level bachelor's to a research-intensive PhD, scholarships make the cost of studying abroad manageable.

Ireland is among the top destinations in the world for cost-effective education. With multiple scholarships catering to a wide spectrum of eligible candidates, Ireland makes your study-abroad dreams academically and financially attainable.

The University of Galway is one of the top universities in Ireland, known for its world-leading research and high employability rate. But that's not all! The university offers lucrative scholarships to deserving candidates, ranging from fully-funded to partially-funded schemes. Yes, you heard that right!

Let's delve straight into the scholarships offered and why you should choose the University of Galway for a hassle-free and cost-effective higher education abroad. 

Why Choose the University of Galway?

With a rich history spanning two centuries, the University of Galway is Sunday Times' University of the Year in 2022, known and credited worldwide for its research facilities and commitment to quality teaching.

Here's more interesting insights about the university:
  • It is one of the top 300 public universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2023, NUI Galway is a pioneer in research-active and challenge-driven education across multiple disciplines and subjects for the benefit of students worldwide.
  • Its Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development provides professionals with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills through specially curated courses, provided on a standalone basis instead of a longer course programme. This allows students to complete their course in a shorter period while providing a credible pathway to upskill and learn.
  • The university provides multiple undergraduate, postgraduate, professional development, and online learning courses over 60 academic disciplines, through its 19 schools and 4 colleges, namely -
  • College Of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
  • College Of Business, Public Policy And Law
  • College Of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
  • College Of Science And Engineering
  • The university offers multiple scholarships based on region, merit and funding for a wide range of course programmes.

Fully funded PhD Scholarships at the University of Galway

In the post-graduate category, the university offers multiple scholarships on PhD programmes that are fully and partially funded based on subject fields and the institutions involved.

List of fully funded PhD scholarships for international students: 

The Hardiman PhD Scholarships

  • The Hardiman PhD Scholarship, one of the most beneficial scholarships in Ireland, is fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €18,500 p.a. plus fee waiver for students starting their PhD in September 2023.
  • The scholarship is available for programmes undertaken in key areas of research, namely:
  • Enhancing policy and society
  • Enriching creativity and culture
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Realising potential through data and enabling technologies
  • Sustaining our planet and people
  • Steps to apply:
    • Nominate a supervisor from the list of supervisors and submit the supervisor form.
    • Complete the application form and submit it by 10th February 2023 (17:00 Irish Time). Ensure to fill the application in English or Irish only.
    • Ensure to provide 2 references that prove your academic eligibility and potential to undertake postgraduate research and submit the same by 10th February 2023 (17:00 Irish Time).
    • The assessors will assess the applications based on the quality and potential of the applicant. The applications will be graded across the following criteria:
    • Personal research statement (max. 50 points)
    • Academic qualifications (max. 30 points)
    • Referees' reports (max. 10 points)
    • Prior research experience (max. 10 points)
    • The reviewing interviews would be conducted through (Skype/MS Teams/Zoom) from 3rd April (Monday) - 14th April (Friday), and the outcome will be announced by early May 2023.
  • The reviewing interviews would be conducted through (Skype/MS Teams/Zoom) from 3rd April (Monday) - 14th April (Friday), and the outcome will be announced by early May 2023.

Irish Research Council Scholarship

  • Full funding is provided at a rate of €18,500 p.a. plus a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 p.a. and eligible direct research expenses of €3,250 p.a.
  • The university offers this scholarship through the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme, designed for new and emerging fields of research or those introducing creative, innovative approaches.
  • The duration of a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship ranges from one to four years based on the type of degree and the date of first registration.
  • Steps to apply include reading the call documentation carefully to determine your eligibility for the scholarship, as well as ensuring the following primary conditions: 
    • All applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Irish higher education institution or research-performing organisation 
    • Applications will only be accepted in either the Irish or English language 
    • Applications in the following prohibited areas will not be entertained:
  • i) human cloning for reproductive purposes   
    ii) genetic modification of human beings that could make such   changes heritable 
    iii) creation of human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement

PhD Fee Waiver Scheme

  • The Fee Waiver is limited to full-time PhD students holding awards from either the EU Marie Skłodowska Curie schemes or the China Scholarship Council Scholarships.
  • If successful, the fees of the full-time PhD Student are waived for the duration of 4 years only.
  • The fee is waived for a period of 4 years to eligible candidates who, as on the date of applying, should satisfy the following criteria:
    • Be a full-time registered PhD student at NUI Galway 
    • Receive funding through either an EU Marie Skłodowska Curie scheme or a China Scholarship Council Scholarship and not in receipt of any other scholarship or similar funding award that supports the payment of full fees.

SFI Research Centre

Apart from the university and government-funded scholarships, there are multiple PhD scholarships provided by SFI Research Centre.

Here is the list of fully funded scholarships offered by the SFI Research Centre for different projects undertaken at the University of Galway: 

  • PhD Scholarships in Palaeoceanography Geography, iCRAG
To apply for the scholarship
  • CV (two pages max)
  • Cover letter (two pages max)
  • Two references
  • Email all documents as one pdf file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Funding notes
  • Living allowance (stipend): €18,500 per annum
  • University fees: €5,500
  • Start date: 1st March 2023
  • Research Training in Genomics Data Science 
Funding Notes
  • The PhD is fully funded, including tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum.
  • Organ Bioprinting
  • Fully funded four-year scholarship - €19,000 per annum (tax-exempt scholarship award) along with a good laptop for research
University fees
  • University fees are fully covered by the scholarship
Start date
  • 1st May 2023
To apply for the scholarship
  • Send your CVs (including the names of two references) and a one-page motivation letter explaining why you would like to join the project to Dr. Andrew Daly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "PhD application".
Application deadline
  • 1st February 2023
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • A BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Chemistry or a related discipline with practical experience in synthesis
  • Email your CV, academic transcript, a cover letter and the names and contact details of two referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Funding Notes
  • Fully funded for 4 years, including an annual stipend of €18,500, €5500 tuition fees and a travel budget.

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