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The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Postgraduate Funding

Finding funding is often the biggest headache for prospective postgraduates. However, grants, scholarships, bursaries and loans are all available, and it's likely that you'll need a combination of these to pay your way through your Master's or Doctorate Programme.

Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council offers a range of funding opportunities to researchers across all career stages and disciplines.

Full details from the Irish Research Council are available here.

Fullbright Scholarship

The Fullbright Irish Awards provide grants for Irish citizens, and EU citizens who have been resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years, to research or study in the USA. The research/study period must be a minimum of 4 months and last a maximum of one year. 

Full details on the Fullbright Scholarship are available here.

Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarships

The Universities Ireland North/South Postgraduate Scholarships have been designed to encourage students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border for their postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction. For the 2019/20 academic year, Universities Ireland will award five scholarships, worth €15,000 each, to students who are undertaking a recognised Master's Degree or are entering the first year of a PhD programme. The student must be enrolling in a university on the island of Ireland that is not in the same jurisdiciton as the university where they have previously studied.

Full details from Universities Ireland are available here.

Dublin City University

Dublin City University offers postgraduate scholarship opportunities across a range of disciplines and these include:

  • DCU Business School – The DCU business school offers a number of scholarship opportunities for students in the areas of Digital Marketing, Management (Aviation Leadership), MBA candidates. DCU Business School also offers scholarships for Gaelic players, as well as a scholarship designed to improve gender balance at executive level. For more details, click here.
  • DCU School of Communications Scholarships – The school of communications offers five funding opportunities for PhD students in the areas of environmental communication, gender & digital media, media policy in Ireland and/or the EU, music industry & policy, and science or health science communication. For more details, click here.

Maynooth University

  • Taught Master’s Scholarships – Maynooth university offers 60 taught Master’s scholarships (worth €2,000) to students across all disciplines. For more details, click here.
  • Teaching Studentships – These student teaching assistant opportunities are offered to PhD candidates across a range of disciplines. The funding includes full annual tuition fee support (approx. €6,200) and a fixed stipend of €9,007 per annum. For more details, click here.
  • John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarships - The John and Pat Hume Doctoral Awards are offered across all disciplines at Maynooth university, offering four years of PhD funding and up to €18,000 per annum plus fees. For more details, click here.

NUI Galway Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for the purpose of assisting postgraduate students who are proceeding to a full-time postgraduate degree (by research) at NUI, Galway. The Scholarships are tenable for up to four years.

The university also offers scholarships to students studying taught postgraduate courses, on a full-time basis. Applicants must have attained a first class honours (or equivalent) in a Level 8 primary degree to be considered eligible for this scholarship. The total value of the scholarship awarded will be €1,500 per student.

Full details on these scholarships and other postgraduate bursaries from NUI Galway are available here.

NUI Travelling Studentships

The NUI Travelling Studentship was first established in 1910. The scholarship aims to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research, to enable these students to undertake research abroad, and to attract these scholars back to Ireland to enrich the learning community within NUI.

Full details on the NUI Travelling Studentships are available here.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin offers a number of postgraduate scholarships. Some of these cover all disciples, such as the Ussher Fellowships and the Research Studentships, while others are for specific research areas.

Full details on these general and subject-specific scholarships are available here.

University College Cork

University College Cork offers scholarhip opportunities across a range of disciplines.

  • Excellence Scholarships – The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences offers 11 Excellence scholarships to students who intend to start PhD or MPhil programmes. There are also an additional 11 Excellence Scholarships for students who intend to start Taught Master’s or MRes programmes.
  • O’Connor Scholarship – This scholarship is offered to a graduate of UCC, who was born in Ireland, with a parent whose surname on birth was O’Connor, and who has applied to a postgraduate course in UCC.
  • Quercus Taught Master’s Scholarships – The College of Art, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences offers one EU and one Non-EU students Quercus Scholarships for taught Master’s programmes. The scholarships cover a 50% fee contribution for the chosen Master’s programme.
Full details on these general and subject-specific scholarships are available here.

University College Dublin

UCD Graduate Research Scholarships – UCD offers 150 research scholarships across a range of disciplines. These include a fee waiver at the EU rate for a period of up to four years.For more details, click here.

Full details on UCD's postgraduate scholarships opportunities are available here.

University of Limerick

  • Taught Postgraduate Scholarship – Various schools and faculties within the University of Limerick offer Taught Postgraduate Scholarships worth €2,000. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and a personal statement by the applicant.For more details, click here.
  • PhD Scholars Bursary – These scholarships are offered to 10 PhD candidates who intend to complete their studies in the year the receive funding. For more details, click here.
  • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Fee Waivers – The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences offers fee waivers to a number of MA and PhD candidates. For more information, click here.

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business Scholarships

Each year, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School offers a range of merit and financial need based scholarships to both domestic and international students. Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who will be ambassadors for the School during their studies and after graduation.  

For more information click here 


Technological University

TU Dublin offers scholarships for its MSc in Digital Marketing and Analytics programme, funded by The Marketing Institute of Ireland. For more details, click here. The university also offers scholarships for its MBA programme and you can find more details here.


Student Universal Support Ireland also provides funding for postgraduate students. More details on can be found here.

To get an indication of your eligibility for a SUSI grant, try SUSI's eligibility reckoner here.

A comprehensivee list of postgraduate funding, including Irish Research Council Grants and funding for postgraduate work beyond Ireland is available at postgrad.ie