Ireland is a friendly, engaging and vibrant country with centuries of U.S. interaction as part of its DNA. With a highly educated workforce, competitive educational system and millennia of culture, it is a popular choice for U.S. Scholar and Student applicants. Previous Fulbright awardees cite the following bonuses in coming to Ireland: English-speaking; extremely welcoming; family-friendly; familiar; safe; intellectually challenging in a good way; culturally rich and diverse; and accessible.
Higher education in Ireland is provided by seven universities, 17 institutes of technology, colleges of education and a number of specialist colleges in art, law, music, public administration and theology.
Most Irish colleges operate on a two-semester academic year: September to December and January to May. A small number of colleges and departments retain three trimesters: October to December, January to March and April to June. Further information on higher education in Ireland can be found here.
Most higher education institutions are supported by the Irish government; for example, universities and institutes of technology receive more than 90 percent of their income from the state. The Irish government has invested 2.5 billion euro establishing advanced centers of research, and world-class research facilities and programs that are an attractive destination for international exchange visitors.
The Commission annually offers Irish institutions an opportunity to contribute to the Fulbright Program through cost-sharing; these arrangements allow the Commission to increase the number of awards available and to maximize institutional involvement in the Program.
For academic year 2019-20 the Commission is partnering with seven Irish institutions who have agreed, in advance, to cost-share awards for U.S. scholars. In addition to the “All Disciplines” awards supported by the Commission, U.S. scholar proposals within this category will also be considered for cost-sharing by Irish host institutions. For further information on “cost-shared” awards, please contact the Fulbright Commission in Dublin.
Please contact the Awards Manager at the Fulbright Commission in Dublin via email at email@example.com.