How will you fund your studies?
Getting funding for postgraduate study can be more difficult than gaining a place on a course. Detailed information on current sources of funding is given on the following web sites, and on individual university websites:
Possible funding sources
Higher Education Grants are available for up to 3 years postgraduate study, up to PhD level. These are means-tested, depending on your own income level if over 23, or your partents' income level. Check your Local Authority for details or contact the Student Support section of the Department of Education and Science at 0506-24383 (www.education.ie). Students considering postgraduate study in Northern Ireland should seek information about funding from DHFETE currently on the Department of Education's website (www.deni.gov.uk). For information about funding study in the UK see the British Council website.
Government funding is available for selected postgraduate programmes in targeted skills areas. These tend to be one-year taught courses in areas considered important for economic development. Course fees may be heavily subsidised or waived completely. Check with individual institutions for details of courses approved for funding in any one year.
Tax relief is available for tuition fees paid for approved postgraduate courses. Check the Inland Revenue's website at www.revenue.ie
Research Funding: The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (www.irchss.ie) offers scholarships to support full-time postgraduate research in relevant disciplines. Research Councils UK covers seven research councils, spanning many disciplines, each of which provides some form of research funding. Check website for further details at www.research-councils.ac.uk
Funding is available for postgraduate research in science, engineering and technology through the Embark Initiative which is operated by IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engienering and Technology). www.ircset.ie/grant_schemes/index.html. Enterprise Ireland (www.enterprise-ireland.ie) offers annual awards to Science and Engineering post graduates. The ESRI (www.esri.ie) offers some support for postgraduates in the social sciences through Research Assistantships. RTE (www.rte.ie) fund a small number of scholarships for those researching media topics. The HRB (www.hrb.ie) has a small number of awards for medical/health science researchers. TCS is a UK programme which matches graduates with employers and universities to do paid research (www.tcsonline.org.uk).
Career Development Loans: funding for vocational courses - www.lifelonglearning.co.uk/cdl
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