Important Note: Tuition fees are subject to change year-on year. The fee quoted for your programme is the current year fee. NUI Galway is not bound by any error or omission from the following information.

Financial support - grants, entrance scholarships, postgraduate scholarships, financial supports

Please note it is important that all fee accounts are paid when due.  Reminders will normally be issued but it is the obligation of each student to ensure timely payment of fees.  All registered students have live access to their fee accounts at all times.


Scholarships Undergraduate Programmes

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

Please see our Admissions Office website for up to date details on scholarships for 2016/17.


Financial Aid Fund

Administered by Student Services

For full details please see Student Services.


Tax Relief on Tuition Fees

Administered by Revenue

For full details please see Revenue




Postgraduate funding opportunities

Taught masters scholarship scheme for first-class students 

 PG scholarship flyer 2016

The NUI Galway Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme is available again for students commencing studies in September 2016. Please click here for criteria and application information. T (091) 495 999 | E: 

Course-specific scholarships

Some courses have specific scholarships associated (follow links for more details):

Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarships 2016

Universities Ireland are offering four scholarships to students who have been accepted to undertake a recognised Master’s degree or are entering the first year of a PhD programme at a university in the island of Ireland that is not in the same jurisdiction as the university where they have previously studied. Now accepting applications for 2016; closing date 26 May. More information here.

Other funding sources 

The Government’s
Graduate Skills Conversionprogramme offers reduced-fees for particular ICT programmes.

Similarly some of our courses are within the Springboard scheme for job-seekers (free educational places), which allows students to study part-time and thus retain their social protection supports.

Information on the NUI Awards and Scholarships 2015is online here. This website will update with detail on the 2016 scheme in December 2016.

Uversity offers masters' scholarship opportunities for Arts graduates, pursuing creative programmes. Full information here.

Global Study Awards(from Study Portals), nine awards on offer, an individual global study award has a maximum value of Stg.£10,000.

International scholarships

Please visit the International Office website for full details on NUI Galway's postgraduate scholarships for international students.

More resources

Funding opportunities video

Funding presentation

Presentation made at February 2014 Postgraduate Open Day, on funding and applications.


Postgraduate Research Funding

Internal Funding

Funding opportunities available from NUI Galway

  • Hardiman Research Scholarships and Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships: These scholarships offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD. For further information click here  
  • College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies postgraduate scholarship scheme.For further information click here
  • College of Engineering and Informatics postgraduate scholarship scheme. For further information click here
  • The School of Law postgraduate scholarship scheme. For further information click here 
  • College of Science postgraduate scholarship scheme. For further information click here
  • Bioinnovate Ireland Fellowship. The Fellowship programme is a specialist medical device innovation programme. For further information click here

NUI Funding

  • For information about Doctoral Research Scholarships currently available from the National University of Ireland please click here
  • For information about NUI Travelling Studentships please click here

External Funding

Funding opportunities available through external sources:

Irish Research Council (IRC)

Provides postgraduate funding to undertake a PhD programme in all disciplines, under the following schemes:

  • Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme: supports suitably qualified Research Masters and Doctoral candidates pursuing or intending to pursue full-time research in any discipline.
  • Employment Based Postgraduate Programme: funding for companies to employ high-calibre Researchers to work onsite with them.
  • Enterprise Partnership Scheme: fellowship co-funded by IRC and an Enterprise Partner) to offer researchers the opportunity to gain additional beneficial experience and insight into the commercial arena while completing their research

For further information on IRC funding and deadlines click here

Wellcome Trust
  • Doctoral Studentships: this scheme enables individuals to undertake a humanities or social science doctoral degree in any area of human and animal health. For further information click here
  • Research Training Fellowships: this scheme supports medical, dental, veterinary or clinical psychology graduates who wish to undertake substantial training through high-quality research in an appropriate unit or clinical research facility, towards a PhD or MD qualification. For further information click here

Short-Term Funding Opportunities/ Travel Grants

  • Fulbright Irish Student Awards: grants for Irish citizens or E.U. citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years to conduct post-graduate research in the United States for a period of 4 months / 1 semester, up to 1 year. For further information click here
  • Fulbright-Schuman Awards: for students or professionals to conduct graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecturing in the fields of US-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions. Grants duration: minimum of 2 and up to 12 months. For further information click here
Ireland Canada University Foundation
  • James M. Flaherty Research Scholarship: grant for PhD student or Postdoctoral academic to support a short visit to Canada (2-6 weeks) to conduct research. For further information click here  

Further calls for funding can be accessed through Research Professional. If you are already a registered NUIG student, it is advisable that you create an account now. Students and graduates of NUI Galway can also access Careers Connect for currently open funded opportunities.

This information is intended as a guide only. Other funding may also be available through research grants to supervisors.  Please check with your potential supervisor for these possibilities.

Information on financial support for further and higher education can also be viewed on the Higher Education Authority website

If you are aware of postgraduate research funding not currently listed on this page please email