U.S. Gaeltacht Awards

What are they?
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What are they?

What are they?

The Summer Gaeltacht Awards are grants to U.S. citizens who are Irish Language learners or teachers in the U.S. to spend 2-6 weeks studying the Irish language in the Gaeltacht regions of Ireland. Please note that this is not a Fulbright Award, but a grant from the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange.

The grants are sponsored by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the National Lottery of Ireland, and the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange.

Grant Information

Grant Information

The grant (maximum value €2,395.00) covers tuition / fees, room (based on sharing) and board. N.B. All successful applicants must pay their own travel and living costs.

Applicants must be:

  • US citizens or naturalised US citizens currently living / working in the U.S
  • Enrolled in Irish language courses in the U.S. and/or have completed at least one semester of Irish language instruction (subject to approval of suitability to courses by Commission) or have been teaching the Irish language in the U.S. for at least one semester
  • Be able to participate in the program in its entirety (two to six weeks in the Gaeltacht)

Note: Students and teachers associated with the following institutions should contact their institution / Fulbright FLTA for details of the application process:

  1. Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
    2. Daltaí Na Gaeilge
    3. Drew University, NJ
    4. Elms College, Chicopee, MA
    5. Lehman College, CUNY
    6. New York University, NY
    7. University of Connecticut, CT
    8. The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
    9. University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    10. University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
    11. University of St. Thomas, Texas
    12. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    13. Villanova University, PA
    14. Idaho State University, Idaho
    15. Davidson Community College, NC

Preference will be given to applicants who:

• Are currently enrolled on a for-credit course in a recognized U.S. higher education institution as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate studies
• Have not participated on a Gaeltacht / Irish Language course in Ireland before

How to Apply?

How to Apply?

A Fulbright Irish Student applicant must:

  • be an Irish citizen, or E.U. citizen living in ROI for the past 3+ years
  • be a current or prospective postgraduate student with a minimum 2.1 (See FAQs)
  • not be a dual U.S.-Irish citizen, green card holder, or currently living in the U.S.
  • not already have extensive experience of studying or living in the U.S.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate academic and personal excellence, a strong rationale for going to the U.S., a robust program of study or research, strong leadership skills or potential, and an understanding and commitment to the ethos of being a Fulbrighter.

Please note that a number of sponsored awards have more specific eligibility criteria than the above, see the relevant sponsored award flyer for further details.

If you meet the criteria and wish to apply please:

  1. Email paula.melvin@fulbright.ie to indicate your interest and to request the application and reference forms. (Emails will be accepted in English or Irish)
    In your email please state:
    1.Your full name
    2. Home institution / Address
    3. Irish language course of interest (if chosen)
    4. 1-2 lines detailing your studying/teaching of Irish
  2. Then complete the following:


If you are enrolled in one of the 15 schools listed above, please apply directly to your Irish language professor/Fulbright FLTA. This application will be conducted internally in the school.
Note: All applicants must also secure admission to one of the Irish Language Courses listed below separately to this award application.

If you are successful, your final registration and payment of your tuition and accommodation costs will be paid directly by the Commission to your Gaeltacht institution. Travel to/from Ireland will not be covered by the Commission.

Irish Language Courses

-Please click on your course of choice for more information

Ionad Foghlama Chléire*, Carraig an Éisc, Cape Clear Island, An Sciobairín, Co. Cork

Gaelturas, Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal
Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Donegal
Dáil Uladh, Coláiste Uladh, Gort a’Choirce, Co. Donegal, 00353749165822/ dailuladh002@eircom.net

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta, (dianchúrsaí) An Cheathrú Rua, Co. Galway- 1-2 week course only
Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta, An Cheathrú Rua, Co. Galway- Three week intensive course
National University of Ireland, Galway, International Summer School, Adult & Continuing Education Office, National University of Ireland, Galway, Co. Galway-1 Month Intensive course, An Cheathrú Rua, Co.Galway
FEICIM, Inis Oírr, Oileán Árainn (Aran Islands), Co. Galway

Feileastram Teo, An Portán, Dunquin, Co. Kerry
Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Tralee, Co. Kerry
UMontana_Study Abroad 2016, University of Montana, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh , Tralee, Co. Kerry (applicants from any U.S. university may apply)

Irish Studies Summer School, Magee, University of Ulster

WATERFORD – New courses available!
Coláiste na Rinne, Rinn Ó gCuanach, Dún Garbhán, Co. Phort Láirge

*If you are interested in these courses, please contact paula.melvin@fulbright.ie for more information.



The application period for the Gaeltacht Summer Awards 2018 will open on 9th January 2018 with a deadline of 28th February 2018.

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