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Fulbright Irish Student Awards

What Are They?

The Fulbright Irish Student Awards are grants for Irish citizens or E.U. citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years to complete post-graduate research in the United States for a period of 4 months / 1 semester, up to 1 year.

Fulbright Student Awardees go to the United States to:

  • complete a Masters or PhD at a US institution; degree-seeking awards.
  • conduct research as part of a current post-graduate program in Ireland or the E.U.; visiting researcher awards.

Preference will be given to visiting researcher applicants in the latter stages of their PhDs.

Awards comprise: 

  • a monetary grant that is based on the type (visiting researcher or degree-seeking), location and duration of the award
  • accident and emergency insurance
  • cultural and professional programming. All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Dublin
  • a requirement to submit reports
  • and J-1 visa administration. Awardees MUST comply with THE TWO-YEAR HOME-COUNTRY RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT associated with the J-1 visa. Awardees will not be eligible for a U.S. residency or work visa until they have fulfilled the J-1 visa two-year home residency requirement

Please see the FAQs for more information.

What Awards are Available?

Fulbright General Student Awards open to all disciplines except clinical medical studies
And Fulbright Sponsored Students Awards:
Fulbright-CRH Award in Business Studies or Engineering
Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Award in Innovation, including new technologies that will lead to job creation and increased exports
Fulbright-Environmental Protection Agency Award in the areas of water, climate change, and sustainable environment. Proposals are particularly welcomed that will create linkages to government bodies or private companies that are working on environmental protection issues and will reach beyond academia
Fulbright-Marine Institute Award in the area of Marine Science or Business. Applications in the Marine Sensor Technologies and Observation Systems, Maritime Economics, Ocean Energy, Marine Biotechnology, Oceanography and Marine Modeling, Food Safety, and Ecosystem-based Management are particularly encouraged
Fulbright Award supported by the Geological Survey of Ireland in Geoscience
Fulbright-National University of Ireland Visiting Researcher Award for a prospective PhD candidate or a candidate registered on a doctoral programme with an honours bachelor or master’s degree from an NUI Constituent University or other NUI member institution
Fulbright-Teagasc Award in the areas of Agriculture, Forestry, or Food
Fulbright-University of Notre Dame LL.M. Award in International Human Rights Law  which will entitle the awardee to a 50% tuition waiver from the University of Notre Dame
Fulbright-University of Pennsylvania Law School LL.M. Award which will entitle the awardee to an additional $25,000 grant from the University of Pennsylvania for its LL.M. program

How To Apply?

Fulbright Irish Student applicants must:

  • be an Irish citizen, or E.U. citizen living in the Republic of Ireland for the past three 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 United States, a robust program of study or research, strong leadership skills or potential, and an understanding and commitment to the ethos of being a Fulbrighter.

If you meet the above criteria, please email awards@fulbright.ie to indicate your interest in applying as soon as the application period opens.

In your email please state:

  • Your full name
  • Area of study or research
  • Home Institution
  • Where you intend to study or research
  • How long you intend to research or study in the US. The allowable period for students is 4 months / 1 semester up to 1 year

We will then issue you the link to the online application system (known as Embark) and the Irish instructions for application. Please note that you will not receive these before 31st August 2015.

What is the Deadline?

The Application Period for 2017-2018 Awards will open on 31st August 2016 with a deadline of 28th October 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications earlier than the deadline so they can be checked for completeness and any issues rectified before the deadline.

If all required materials are not in by the deadline your application will be disqualified.

Find out when the Fulbright Team will be visiting your institution here.