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Grants and Scholarships

Kimmage DSC does not currently offer full scholarships. However, we have recently launched an effort to raise funds in support of scholarships. If you would like to contribute to our newly established scholarship fund, please click here.

External Sources of Funding

There are a number of current external sources of funding that may be of interest and use to prospective students.

Your government may offer scholarships for graduates wishing to study abroad. These are often administered by a country’s Department of Education. Prospective students should get in touch with Citizens Information, local authorities, embassies or councils to find out if they are be eligible under any national or regional scholarship schemes.

For those working in local CSOs, NGOs, Grassroots initiatives etc. funding may be available from donors for staff members wishing to upskill. Prospective students should consult with the management of their organisation to see if such funding is available.

The online-platform www.european-funding-guide.eu supports high school students, students and PhD candidates finding financial aid for their academic studies. A matching-method searches their database with more than 300 scholarships specifically targeted at Irish students and shows each user the matching scholarships for his curriculum. The database contains a great variety of scholarships that support students e.g. paying their cost of living, financing their semester abroad or supporting them during their dissertation. In addition, the platform provides numerous templates for applications and articles about how to apply for a scholarship.


We have also compiled a list of scholarships and grants available to Irish and International students. Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions.

Student Grant Scheme

Those wishing to take the full-time classroom-based PG Diploma or MA in Development Studies can apply for financial assistance with the cost of tuition fees under the Student Grant Scheme. They may either get a new flat rate fee contribution of €2,000, if they pass the fee contribution means test, or get all their tuition fees paid if they meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant for disadvantaged students

To qualify you must be either an Irish national, a national of another EU Member State, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. You may also be eligible if you have refugee status. Family and/or personal income is a key factor that will be assessed when you apply for a student grant but there are also some other conditions. Visit the Citizens Information website for more detailed information.

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is a new single awarding authority for grant applications in Ireland. This replaced the previous existing 66 grant awarding bodies (local authorities and VECs) for all new applications from 2012. To apply visit the SUSI Postgraduate pages for FAQs and the online form.

Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme

The Fellowship Training Programme aims to strengthen the capacity of development partner organisations in countries benefiting from Irish Aid support through the provision of higher education study opportunities. Those wishing to take the PG Diploma or MA in Development Studies (classroom-based or Flexible & Distance Learning) can apply for this if they meet the criteria. Fellowship recipients are committed, on completion of their training, to return home to resume work and put their acquired skills into practice for the benefit of their home country.

Countries participating in the Fellowship Training Programme are Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Palestine. To be eligible, applicants must be citizens of one of these partner countries and be residing in that country. For more detailed information on eligibility requirements see the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme website or your local Irish embassy.

NOTE: Application for the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme is by invitation. Irish Embassies and Missions begin inviting applications from partner organisations and Ministries in September of each year.

The Beit Trust

The Beit Trust offers Postgraduate Scholarships abroad for studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Applicants must be under 30 years of age on 31 December of the year of application. Some experience of work after completion of a first degree is also desirable. A Beit Postgraduate Scholarship Grant covers fees and costs of tuition and related academic expenses, payment of a modest personal allowance, allowance for a laptop and printing of a thesis, and a return flight. For further information on requirements and on how to apply see The Beit Trust website.

Dr. Ciaran Barry Scholarships

This annual scholarship is reserved for a student with a disability undertaking a post graduate course. Applicants must be graduates of a recognised university or third level college. For further information visit the Central Remedial Clinic website.

The Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from eligible countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The cost of travel is not included. The Foundation accepts applications from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada. Applicants are expected to have some years of work experience in their field of interest. Preference is given to students under 30 years of age. See The Aga Khan Foundation for further information.

Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship in Peace and Development Studies

This fund provides a biennial fellowship awarded to a woman from “the developing world” for studies in fields of peace and development. This award is worth is US$5,000 per year for applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s degree, have been accepted into a graduate program and whose graduate work is to be focused on issues related to the goals of the International Peace Research Association Foundation. For further information on requirements and on how to apply see the IPRAF website.

The OPEC Fund for International Development

OFID’s Scholarship Program sponsors outstanding young students from “developing countries” through postgraduate studies in a development-related discipline. Applicants much be between the ages of 23-32, must have obtained or be on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university, and must maintain full-time status for the duration of the Master’s Degree. See OFID’s site for further information.

Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship, an applicant must be a national of a World Bank member country eligible to borrow, not be a permanent resident or a national of any industrialized country and be born after March 31, 1972. The scholarship program sponsors study for classroom based MAs. In accepting the JJ/WBGSP scholarship, candidates commit themselves to return to and work in their home countries after completion of their studies. See the World Bank site for more information.

Irish Refugee Council Education and Training Grants Scheme 2015

This grant is available to young people, aged 18 to 27, living in Ireland. To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must currently be in the asylum application process, or have been granted refugee status, subsidiary protection or leave to remain, and be unable to access sufficient State or private financial support to be able to follow the education or training course of their choice. Priority will be given to students wishing to undertake Post-Leaving Certificate courses (PLCs) in Further Education Colleges and other institutions. However, in particular circumstances, undergraduate degree courses and other types of education and training including apprenticeships will also be considered, depending on the individual applicant’s situation and the overall cost. For further information see the Irish Refugee Council website.


Grants and scholarships may be available through your local Credit Union or Rotary Club. Other useful websites include:



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