NUI Galway is a popular choice for Indian students pursuing postgraduate degree programmes in Ireland. There is a vibrant community of research students from India currently pursuing PhD and Postdoctorate programmes in the Life Sciences, based in our research institutes as well as those pursuing Taught Masters degree programmes in Business, IT and Pharmacology.


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Ireland and India

India BrochureThe long established links between Ireland and India are based on a shared colonial history within the British Empire. Today, educational and economic links play just as important role in relations between the two countries.

NUI Galway currently hosts a vibrant community of Indian students, mainly studying at Postgraduate level in areas such as Engineering and Biomedical Sciences. In recent years, NUI Galway-India research relations have been further strengthened by the signing of agreements between the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB)at NUI Galway and four Indian institutions, all four of which are instrumental in supporting the medical device and biotechnology sectors in India.

The NFB now collaborates with colleagues in:

  • The Materials Research Centre at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Trivandrum

The four institutes are part of the ‘Institutes of National Importance’ (INI), a status conferred by an act of Indian parliament to higher education institutes which ‘serve as pivotal players in developing highly skilled personnel within the specified region of the country/state’.

INIs receive special funding and recognition and the Indian government has awarded this status to just 39 institutions. The exchange will develop stronger links with the international community and will result in the recruitment of high calibre students, as INIs get India’s top graduates. The collaboration will also enable the leveraging of research funding through Indian funders and the involvement of the NFB will aid in creating the critical mass of biomaterials translation in Ireland.

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Governmnet of Ireland Scholarships

The Irish government has approved 3 scholarship awards for Indian students undertaking postgraduate studies at National of University of Ireland, Galway, commencing in September 2013. These prestigious scholarships include a full tuition fee waiver and a stipend of €10,000 to cover living expenses.

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Postgraduate Study

NUI Galway is a research-led university where the learning experience is enhanced by a strong spirit of inquiry. We have built on our traditional areas of academic strength to offer innovative and internationally renowned taught and research based programmes across a broad portfolio of disciplines. We offer over a wide range of postgraduate programmes across our five colleges and various research institutes.

Learn more about Postgraduate Study at NUI Galway



Postgraduate Entry Requirements - India

Entry requirements for postgraduate programmes may vary, however a First Class Honours Bachelor degree, usually of 4 years duration from a recognised Indian university is normally acceptable.

Certain programmes may have additional entry requirements, including for example, a degree with a particular concentration.

In addition, students from India must also meet the University’s English language requirements.


NUI Galway - Government of Ireland International Scholarships, 2013

National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland’s premier university in the fields of Biomedical Science/Innovation and Software Engineering and Informatics, is delighted to announce the launch of three Government of Ireland International Scholarships for Indian students pursuing postgraduate studies from September 2013. The scholarships are to be awarded to high-calibre students from India undertaking particular taught-Master’s programmes in the fields of either Biomedical Science and Innovation or Software Engineering and Informatics.

Scholarship Value

The Government of Ireland International Scholarships scheme is operated and co-funded by the Irish Government and the higher education institutions (HEIs) and includes a full tuition fee waiver and a stipend of €10,000 to cover living expenses for one year.


Applications for the three scholarships are welcomed from Indian students* who have been offered a place on one of the following taught Master’s programmes at NUI Galway, commencing September 2013:

  • MSc Biotechnology
  • MSc Biomedical Science
  • MSc Neuropharmacology
  • MSc Regenerative Medicine
  • MSc Software Design & Development

*Applicants must be categorised as non-EU for tuition fee purposes.

These programmes offer scholars the opportunity to combine campus-based study with applied and industry-led experiential learning and mentoring, arising from Galway’s key position as a leading industrial centre in Medical Device Manufacturing, Bioinnovation, Software Engineering, and Informatics. These programmes incorporate a variety of applied learning dimensions in industry sites and/or in world-class research laboratories.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship applicants are assessed based on academic merit. In addition, applicants will submit a personal statement covering the following points:

  • The applicant’s interest in studying in Ireland
  • How the applicant foresees their relationship with Ireland developing in the future
  • How the applicant will promote links with Ireland, both during their scholarship tenure and as alumni


How to Apply

StageActionClosing Date
1 Application for Admission to NUI Galway Applicant applies for admission to one or more eligible programmes (listed above) via 30 April 2013
2 Scholarship Application Applicant submits a Personal Statement to the International Affairs Office, NUI Galway. 30 April 2013
3 Scholarship Award Notification Successful scholarship applicants are notified by NUI Galway by 7 June 2013. 7 June 2013


Further Information

Aisling Lennon

International Affairs Office

National University of Ireland, Galway

t: + 353 91 495277


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International (Non-EU) Scholarships

National University of Ireland, Galway is committed to attracting high calibre students from around the world.

To this end, the University offers a range of merit based scholarships to eligible students from a number of priority countries, including Canada, China, India and the United States.


The NUI Galway contact for India is Aisling Lennon. Aisling is delighted to assist you with any queries you may have about studying at NUI Galway.

 Aisling Lennon

Aisling Lennon

International Affairs Office

NUI Galway

7 Distillery Road



t: + 353 91 494317




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