Scholarship Funding Opportunities

Irish Research Council-EPA Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship programme 

Over the course of the current research programme (2014-2020) the EPA, in partnership with the Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Post-Graduate Scholarship Scheme provides funding annually for scholarships in the three pillar areas of Climate, Water and Sustainability.

This programme offers scholarships for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a research master’s or PhD (either traditional or structured), in any discipline, at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland. 

The total value of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, and all strategic funding partner scholarships, will be up to a maximum of €24,000 in any approved year.

These calls are announced on both the EPA and IRC websites in September/November and offers are made to successful candidates in June of the following year.

Cofunded PhDs with Third Level Institutions

The EPA can also cofund PhD Scholarships with Third Level Institutions.

EPA-DIT PhD Scholarship Co-Fund 2017

We are co-funding a PhD on 'Ammonia cycling and emerging particulate matter pollutants under arable land-use management: A modelling approach' with Dublin Institute of Technology. Applications muct be submitted directly to DIT by the 23rd of October 2017.

For more information or to discuss opportunities for collaboration, please contact

IRC-EPA Postgraduate Scholarship 2018

The IRC-EPA Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship programme 2018 is now open.

The call will close on the 1st November 2017. 

Call open  6 September 2017
FAQ deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 25 October
Applicant deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 1 November 2017
Supervisor and referee deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 8 November 2017
Research office endorsement deadline  16:00 (Irish time) 15 November 2017
Scheme outcome End of March 2018
Scholarship start date 1 October 2018

Further details can be found on the IRC Website.

2017 Awards

We are delighted to announce the awards of two IRC-EPA Scholarships in 2017, and would like to congratulate the two awardees:

Applicant Project titleSupervisorOrganisation
Niall O'Sullivan  Sources, fate and impact of volatile organic compounds in Ireland Professor John Wenger University College Cork
Christopher Kennedy Towards a higher resolution national risk map: Incorporating multiple covariates to develop a new spatial model of indoor radon levels Dr Patrick Murphy University College Dublin

Previous Awards

A number of abstracts from the approximately 150 scholarships we have provided funding for over the past 14 years are available.