Postgraduate scholarships at NUI Galway


Taught Master’s Scholarship Scheme
At NUI Galway we are keen to ensure that the brightest and most committed students progress to postgraduate study. Your excellence is rewarded, via our Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme for full-time taught masters students. Scholarships are worth €1,500 per student. Our Postgraduate Scholarships are designed to reward excellent students who have performed exceptionally well in their undergraduate studies. Scholarships will be awarded to students who:

  • Have been accepted on to full-time taught Masters programmes
  • Have a First Class Honours undergraduate degree

The Scheme usually opens to accept applications in April annually, and normally the closing date for applications runs into August. This website will have all the details, including current scholarship criteria. (Postgraduate Admissions administer these scholarships, you can email them at


Sinead Shaughnessy, pictured above (in The Quadrangle, at NUI Galway), is a recent scholarship recipient. She says: “The postgraduate scholarship allowed me to further my studies and enhance my future career prospects. It incentivised me to work hard throughout my undergraduate degree to achieve a First Class Honours degree. I am currently studying a MSc in Human Resource Management. This masters qualification will give me a distinct edge in the industry when applying for jobs.’’

Our generous €1,500 scholarship can certainly motivate you to get that top-class undergraduate degree—some students have told us they “crunched the numbers’’, and figured out it was more cost-effective not to work part-time in their final year, and instead concentrate on their studies to get that 1:1 degree, and attain the scholarship. It was worth more to them than what they would have earned in their part-time job! So that’s something else to consider. And it means you come out with an excellent undergraduate degree as well—a real benefit to your resumé.

Hardiman Scholarship Scheme—for new PhD students

These scholarships are awarded only to excellent students who are starting their PhD in this university. And they align with the university’s ethos of a ‘SHARED VISION, SHAPED BY VALUES Strategy 2020–2025’.

Hardiman scholarships are fully funded to provide new PhD students;

  • who have an appetite for research and creativity
  • who thrive on intellectual excitement
  • and who want to positively impact and shape the future of society

an exciting research opportunity to pursue their research passion, and showcase impactful outcomes nationally and internationally. Using your inspiring intellect and creative mind and energy, your NUI Galway PhD journey will open up so many opportunities for you.

The Hardiman PhD Scholarships are funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 per year, and your fees are paid. This is €64,000 towards your living expenses and all your fees paid.

Hardiman 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. Successful applicants will be expected to have a first or upper second-class honours primary degree or equivalent. On your PhD journey you will have the support of a Supervisor, who has the relevant expertise in your area of interest. Click here to find a Supervisor/PhD Project. Information on Hardiman Scholarships here

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Scholarships for international students
NUI Galway is also committed to attracting high calibre students from around the world, who will become global leaders of the future. To this end, the NUI Galway offers a range of merit-based scholarships to students from a number of Non-EU countries, in line with our strategic international priorities. There are a number of international scholarships available including merit-based scholarships, country-specific scholarships, and Government of Ireland scholarships. Scholarship recipients often also become International Student Ambassadors for NUI Galway during their studies. More information here.

More opportunities
We do offer other course-specific and sometimes School-/College-specific postgraduate scholarships as well as those outlined above. These are detailed on our Scholarships Website, so please bookmark it and re-visit to see up-to-date scholarship information.

More information:
Postgraduate Studies at NUI Galway
Apply online here

NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s top universities for graduate employability. 96% of our undergraduates and 94% of postgraduate students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Career prospects are excellent for NUI Galway graduates both in terms of an exceptionally high employment rate upon graduation and in terms of career progression.