The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme (GOIPG) is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and managed by the Irish Research Council.

The GOIPG for 2020 is now open for applications by outstanding students with the opportunity to direct their own research at the early-career stage, working with a supervisor, in their chosen area of interest. Pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or those introducing creative, innovative approaches are welcomed. Proposals of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged as it is recognised that advancing fundamental understanding is achieved by integrating information, techniques, tools and perspectives from two or more disciplines.

Please note:

  1. The Research Office and Graduate Studies have organised an online video about the preparation and submission of an application to the IRC GOIPG (see below). 
  2. The Dean of Graduate Studies, Research Office and Researcher Development Centre will also host an online live Q/A discussion: Top tips on how to write your best IRC GOIPG application, including advice from experienced supervisors, on Wednesday 30 September 2020, 15:00-16:00. Supervisors and applicants are invited to register here. Access details will be communicated to those registered closer to the time. All applicants should watch the information video before participating in the Q/A session.
  3. The Irish Reserach Council have advised that as of 1 October 2020 the Council will no longer be in a position to reset Eligibility Quiz forms for applicants who fail to save a draft of their application form once they pass the quiz. As a reminder of the process, once the applicant successfully completes the quiz and is allowed to ‘Continue to Application’, the Draft Application must be saved before leaving the application window. Failure to do so will stop applicants to reopen the application and/or resubmit the Eligibility Quiz.  
  4. Other key dates are as follows:
  • FAQ deadline = 22 October 2020
  • Applicant deadline = 16:00 (Irish time) 29 October 2020
  • Supervisor and referee deadline = 16:00 (Irish time) 5 November 2020
  • Scheme outcome = End of March 2021
  • Scholarship start date = 1 September 2021


Key links - is available here to provide links to some of the online documentation and resources mentioned in the presentation.

Further information can be found on the IRC website. In the first instance, applicants are advised to consult the Terms and Conditions and Guide for Applicants for further information. Supervisors and Referees should consult the Guide for Supervisors and Guide for Referees.

If you have further questions please get in touch with the Research Support Officer for your college – see here.