Fulbright-EPA Awards

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The Fulbright Awards 2019-2020 are now closed.

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland annually awards grants to Irish and E.U. postgraduate students, scholars, and professionals to study, research, and lecture in the United States and for Americans to do the same in Ireland.

Together with the Fulbright Commission, we offer a unique opportunity for an Irish postgraduate student or scholar in the field to travel to the U.S. to study or research in the areas of water, climate, and sustainability. For all grants, the Fulbright Commission seeks excellent applicants with strong leadership potential and a commitment to the ethos of being a Fulbrighter. 

To learn more about the Fulbright Awards visit the Fulbright website.


  • Must be an Irish Citizen or an E.U. citizen who has lived in the Republic of Ireland for the last 3+ yrs
  • Must be a current or prospective postgraduate student with a minimum 2.1, or current post doctorate
  • Must have a clear course of study
  • Leadership qualities and potential are essential
  • Must have a clear understanding of what it means to be a Fulbrighter
  • Must not be a dual U.S.-Irish citizen, green card holder, or currently living in the U.S. or already have extensive experience of studying or living in the U.S.

How to apply?

If you meet the above criteria, please email awards@fulbright.ie stating:

  • Your full name
  • Area of study or research
  • Where you intend to research or study
  • How long you intend to research or study in the US (allowable period for students is 4 months - 1 year, and for scholars 3 months - 1 year)
  • Your home institution

Funding Details

  • Monetary grant, plus accident and emergency insurance, cultural and professional programming, & J-1 visa administration
  • Student applicants can do a full PhD or Master’s in the U.S. or a portion of an ongoing Irish postgraduate degree but will need to seek additional funding for subsequent years

Anything else you should know?

All successful applicants must comply with the two-year home rule, which means that awardees will not be eligible for U.S. residency or a visa until the two-year home rule in Ireland is complete.

Preference will be given to visiting researchers.

Fulbright-EPA Awards 2018

The EPA is delighted to announce three Fulbright-EPA Awards in 2018, and would like to congratulate the recipients:

  • Dr Paul Bolger is manager of the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork. He holds a PhD in Chemistry and a Master’s in Business Administration, and has worked across academia, industry and government in developing long term research solutions for global sustainability challenges. He is currently Principal Investigator on a number of research projects on climate change and the circular economy. Paul’s Fulbright scholarship will investigate how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is being utilised at sustainability research institutes at Duke University, Cornell University, Colombia University and Arizona State University to achieve more robust and sustainable research outcomes, and to examine the skills needed by researchers for successful transdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Professor Mary P. Corcoran is Head of the Department of Sociology, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at Maynooth University. As a Fulbright-EPA scholar she will undertake research on how civil society groups in partnership with municipalities act as “change agents” to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability. Professor Corcoran will be based at the Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University.
  • Ms Roisin Hyde is a Doctoral Research Student at QUB School of Natural & Built Environment. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from UCD and became a Chartered Member of the RIAI. Her current research focuses on the development of a high-performance, low-impact, cement-free geopolymer concrete cladding panel through the use of innovative automated technologies including 3D Laser Scanning, Point Cloud Modelling and 3D Printing. As a Fulbright PhD Research Student in UNCC, she will work with Researchers in the Schools of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering to produce a full-scale prototype panel using local industrial by-product and waste materials.

Previous Fulbright-EPA Awards


  • Ms Fiona McDermott is a researcher and PhD candidate, based at the Connect Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications at TCD. While on her Fulbright-EPA Student Award at the New School in New York City, Fiona undertook critical design research focusing on the practice of urban informatics, forms of urban intelligence and networked data infrastructures.
  • Dr Laura Devaney is a postdoctoral researcher at Teagasc, examining development pathways for the Irish and European bioeconomy. Previous to this, she was awarded a PhD from the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, where she also worked and lectured for two years in the area of environmental geography and sustainable consumption. Laura travelled to UC Berkeley for her Fulbright-EPA scholarship to research the development and governance of the US bioeconomy.