Information on funded opportunities for UCD students and staff through programmes such as Erasmus+, Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility, Erasmus Mundus, Fulbright and Universitas 21 can be found in the drop-down menus below.
Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) is a global scholarship and exchange programme funded by the European Union. The initiative supports the academic mobility of students and staff between Programme Countries (Europe) and Partner Countries (the rest of the world).
Every year, UCD has the opportunity to apply for Erasmus+ ICM funding in partnership with institutions around the world. The funding obtained provides scholarships to students and staff to work or study with one of our partner universities. In 2017, UCD secured over €250,000 in Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility funding to support the academic mobility of 67 students and staff over the next 2 years.
Who is eligible for Erasmus+ ICM?
Erasmus+ ICM grants are available to:
- UCD undergraduate, masters and doctoral students to study abroad at Erasmus+ partner institutions;
- Undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in Erasmus+ partner institutions to come to UCD;
- UCD academic staff ("teaching staff"*) and administrative staff ("training staff") to spend a period of teaching and/or training at Erasmus+ partner institutions; and
- Academic and administrative staff from Erasmus+ partner institutions to come to UCD.
*Teaching Staff are required to teach 8 hours per week at the host institution.
Where can I go?
We have opportunities to travel all over the globe. Funded opportunities for undergraduate/PhD students can be found listed below. The current call for teaching staff applicants has now ended.
Undergraduate & PhD Students
|Undergraduate Students||PhD Students|
|University of New South Wales||
|Simon Fraser University|
|Chinese University of Hong Kong||
|Indian Institute of Technology, Dehli|
|Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani|
|National Research University Higher School of Economics|
What does the funding cover?
Each selected individual participant gets a travel contribution (between €360 and €1,100) based on the distance between the sending and receiving institution. In addition, each grantee receives a stipend based on the type and duration of grant they have been awarded. The rates* are as follows:
- Incoming and outgoing staff: €160 per day for the first 14 days – for days 15 to 60, it is 70% (€112) of the daily rate
- Incoming students to Ireland: €850 per month
- Outgoing students from Ireland: €650 per month
* If you have a disability and require extra financial support to make your mobility possible, please advise the Erasmus+ ICM coordinator at the time of application as extra funding may be available.
How do I apply?
A call for applications has been launched with a deadline of 24 January 2018. For details on how to apply for Erasmus+ ICM, please refer to:
|Applicant Category||Application Guidelines|
|Undergraduate Students||Application Guidelines for Undergraduate Students|
The current call for applications has now closed.
Who should I contact?
For students considering coming to UCD on an Erasmus+ ICM:
Can I come to UCD on an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility?
Yes, provided your university has an Erasmus+ ICM Agreement with UCD. Please contact your home Erasmus+ ICM coordinator or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve been selected to come to UCD with International Credit Mobility. What’s the next step?
Once you have been selected to come to UCD, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to register to UCD. You can also find out more about coming to UCD as an exchange student on our website.
Erasmus Traineeships provide funding for students undertaking work experience in Europe. The traineeships must be approved by the student’s School and be at least two months’ duration. The School, the employer and the student all sign a Training Agreement before the traineeship starts. Funding amounts depend on the destination country and the length of the placement. Students who have received a grant for an Erasmus study exchange may receive a second grant for an Erasmus traineeship. As there is limited funding each year, students should contact UCD International in advance to check if they are eligible for a grant and if there is sufficient funding available.
For the 2017-18 academic year, UCD students on exchange at a Universitas 21 partner university in Asia or Latin America will receive a small scholarship from UCD International, provided they do not receive a scholarship from another source.
Universitas 21 partner universities in Asia:
• China - Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University & The University of Nottingham, Ningbo
• Hong Kong - The University of Hong Kong
• Japan - Waseda University
• Singapore - National University of Singapore
• South Korea - Korea University
Universitas 21 partner universities in Latin America:
• Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
• Mexico - Tecnológico de Monterrey
For more information on the Universitas 21 network, please refer to the Universitas 21 website.
Other funding opportunities for students studying in Asia
Students studying in Japan or Korea can apply for the following scholarships:
• Japan - JASSO scholarship
For more information:
• Korea - ASEM DUO scholarship
For more information, please click here.
Please note: JASSA and ASEM DUO scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to a set number of students each year.
For information on our Erasmus Mundus projects and further opportunities for study overseas, please click here.
The US-Ireland Fulbright Awards scheme was set up in 1957 to enhance mutual understanding between the US and Ireland through educational exchange. Undergraduate students are invited to apply for the Study of the US Institutes (SUSIs) for European Students. During June-July, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to examine Civic Engagement in the US, hosted by the University of South Carolina.
SUSIs are five-week programmes consisting of a series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. This particular programme on Civic Engagement will provide participants with an overview of how citizens - both as individuals and groups - have shaped US history, government, and society.
Coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The programs includes an academic residency component of approximately 4 weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately 1 week.
Candidates must fulfil all of the following criteria:
• be Irish citizens, or resident in Ireland for at least three years (dual Irish-US citizens are not eligible);
• be 18-25 years of age;
• have at least 1 semester left of their undergraduate studies (1st to 3rd year undergraduate students where 3rd year is not final year), and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the programme;
• have a sustained high level of academic achievement;
• demonstrate strong leadership qualities, as well as commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
• have little or no prior study/travel experience in the US or elsewhere outside of their home country.
For additional requirements, please refer to the Fulbright Undergraduate Awards webpage.
Value, Terms, and Conditions
• The award includes airfare, tuition and fees, lodging and meals, visa sponsorship, accident and sickness insurance, and cultural and academic programming.
• Dual US-Irish and green card holders are ineligible to apply.
The award is allocated on academic excellence and potential, but the Irish Fulbright Commission is also looking for the following:
• Rigour in scholarly enquiry and academic excellence;
• Selected candidates must be committed to the Fulbright ethos;
• Strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed programme in the US and a serious interest in civic engagement.
Application Deadline and Procedure
Application for the award is made directly through the Irish Fulbright Commission.
• The deadline for applying for the SUSI programme is 4 January 2018.
• Further details on the various Fulbright Awards, including application procedures, are given on the Fulbright Commission website.
Notification of Results
• Successful applicants are notified in March/April.
• All recipients will be required to attend an orientation event in Dublin in advance of departure.
For more information please visit the Irish Fulbright Commission website.
Erasmus Mundus & Erasmus+ ICM
US-Ireland Fulbright Awards
Amanda Kelly Occasional Lecturer, UCD School of Archaeology