Max Arthur Macauliffe Special Merit Scholarship

Max Arthur Macauliffe graduated from Galway with a degree in languages, classics, and history in 1863. He entered the Indian Civil Service in 1862, and went on to hold several senior positions before retiring in 1893. He was a prolific scholar and became immersed in Indian culture, and before long converted to Sikhism. He is renowned for translating Sikh scripture and history into English, for publishing an extensive history of the Sikh religion, and for promoting international awareness of and interest in Punjabi culture in the late 19th century.

Three Macauliffe Scholarships, comprising a full fee waiver (value: €13,750 - €13,250), are available. These scholarships are aimed at academic programmes in all areas of the NUI Galway curriculum. Applications for the scholarship are welcomed from Indian students seeking to enter one of the selected taught Master’s programmes at NUI Galway commencing September 2017.

Scholarship applicants are assessed based on academic merit. In addition, applicants will submit a personal statement (MS Word, 2,000 words maximum) covering the following points:

  • The applicant’s interest in studying in NUI Galway.

  • How the applicant foresees their relationship with NUI Galway developing in the future

  • How the applicant will promote links with NUI Galway, both during their scholarship tenure and as alumni.


How To Apply



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Application for Admission to NUI Galway

Applicant applies for admission to one or more eligible programmes (listed above) via  You must be accepted onto a Taught Masters Programme in order to apply for a Scholarship.

February 2017


Scholarship Application

Applicant submits a Personal Statement to the International Affairs Office, NUI Galway. You must ensure to include the title of the scholarship scheme your are applying for in the subject of your e-mail and also your PAC application number (for example - Special Merit Scholarship, PAC application no. 17000000).  You should submit your scholarship application to 

You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your Scholarship application - if you have not had a response within 5 working days please let us know.





Scholarship Award Notification

We wish to thank you for the scholarship applications received to date; we have received an unprecedented level of interest this year.  We will be in touch with all applicants in due course with the results.  We continue to accept scholarship applications as offers will be made on a rolling basis.