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 2013/14.

(1)   Excellence Scholarships:  There is no requirement on your part to apply for these.  The Scholarship is awarded automatically once a student has registered at NUI Galway. The Scholarship is awarded automatically to qualifying registered students.

(2)   James Massey Keegan Scholarship:  For competition among Mayo students.  There is no requirement on your part to apply for this.  The Scholarship is awarded automatically to qualifying registered students.   

(3)    Roinn Oideachais Scholarships.  Applications can be made directly to the Department of Education & Skills.   

(4)   Sports Scholarships - Applications can be made directly to the Sports Office, NUIG Galway.   

(5)   Helen M. Moran Scholarships


Scholarships Postgraduate Programmes

 NUI Galway awards a limited number of College scholarships to help postgraduate students who are proceeding full-time to a postgraduate degree (by research) at NUI Galway.

Contact the relevant College Office for details on fellowships in your area.  Academic departments may also be able to offer other sources of funding for their courses.

Financial Support

Student Aid Fund: 2014/15

Students with financial difficulties are eligible to apply to the Financial Aid Fund.  Only registered students, who have paid the student levy of €224 and pursuing a full time Undergraduate or postgraduate course are eligible to apply to the fund.  A standardised online assessment system is used to determine the level of need and aid.  The online form for 2014/15 will be available in late September / early October.  The ability to support a student depends on the size of the fund available, the number of applications and the circumstances of the applicants in any given year.


Tax Relief on Tuition: 2014/15

For detail of tax relief on tuition see Revenue (Irish Tax & Customs).

Postgraduate Scholarships

Taught masters scholarship scheme for first-class students 


PG scholarships Oct 2013

NUI Galway's Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for full-time Taught Masters (for students commencing their studies at NUI Galway in September 2014) launched recently.  

  • Scholarship value: €1,500 per student
  • For students who have been accepted on to full-time Taught Masters programmes in 2014/15
  • Who have a First Class Honours undergraduate degree‌
  • Read the full criteria of the scheme here

Find out more: T (091) 495 999 | E:

Pictured, left (October 2013) with Registrar and Deputy President Nollaig Mac Congáil (centre), some of the (over 70) students who received this scholarship in 2013.

Course-specific scholarships

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

Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarships 2014

Applications are now open for the 2014 scheme. Please visit this site for full information and downloads.

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.  

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

External Funding

Funding opportunities available through external sources:

Irish Research Council - Employment Based Programme (including associated Strategic Partner Scholarships)
Closing dae for applications is 4pm (GMT) on Tuesday 22nd July 2014
For further information please click here

Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Programme 2015
Closing date for applications is Midnight (GMT) on Thursday, 4th September 2014
For further information please click here

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