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USA Scholarships

Information for students from the USA interested in studying in UCD at undergraduate and graduate level. Find out about the different types of scholarships available, how to apply, and who to contact for further information.

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

A full listing of international scholarship and funding opportunities is available on our International Scholarships and Funding pages.

UCD Global Undergraduate Scholar Award - USA

The University College Dublin Undergraduate Distinguished International Scholar Award provides funding for students with exceptional academic achievement to partially fund their attendance at UCD.  This scholarship will be awarded automatically based upon the academic records presented in the application for admission, in amounts that vary, dependent on funding.

UCD Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship - USA

The UCD Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship is established to continue to attract the best and brightest of undergraduate students from the United States.  The scholarship is renewed annually based on acceptable academic performance as described in the terms and conditions.

The scholarships are based on an applicant's academic performance in high school, ACT, SAT, or IB scores, and other relevant selection criterion (see below).

Please note: Applications are due by February 1 of the year of entry. To apply, students must already have an offer to study at UCD; therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application to the university no later than December 15.

For further information please contact:

Graduate Student Scholarship

Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship - North America

Open to all successful applicants to eligible full time, one-year taught Masters programmes who are citizens of and resident in North America, the UCD Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship award offers tuition scholarship to students from North America on one year taught graduate programmes (excluding programmes at the Smurfit School of Business, joint masters and clinical programmes (including physiotherapy and medicine)). Awards range from 50%-100% tuition fee scholarships.

Candidates will be selected on academic merit, ability to contribute to UCD, and potential to act as an ambassador for UCD. Candidates must apply online (details below). 

Please note: Applications are due by February 1 of the year of entry. To apply for this scholarship, students must already have an offer to study at UCD; therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application to the university no later than December 15.

UCD Research Funding

Students are advised to contact the UCD School in which they are interested in studying to ask about current funding possibilities.

Please visit the UCD Graduate Studies Funding website for more information. 

Government of Ireland Research Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

These scholarships fund research opportunities in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law and Business Studies. Applicants must be nationals of a European Union member state.

Further details available at the Irish Research Council website.

Government of Ireland Research Scholarships in Science, Engineering and Technology

Graduate research scholarships are available to up to 150 outstanding students in Science, Engineering and Technology, from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). A formal call for submissions from interested students is advertised in national newspapers in late January and funding will be available for the following academic year.

Further details available at the Irish Research Council website

Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research.  SFI invests in academic researchers who are likely to generate new knowledge, cutting edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the three broad areas of Biotechnology; Information & Communications Technology (ICT); and Sustainable Energy & Energy Efficient Technologies (Energy).

Further details available at the Science Foundation Ireland website. 

The Irish Fulbright Commission

Fulbright US student awards (approximately €16,000) enable US graduate students to spend one academic year studying or researching in Ireland.

For further details available at the Fulbright website.  

The Mitchell Scholars Program

Sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance, The Mitchell Scholars Program is designed to connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognising and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of graduate study in Irish Universities, including UCD.

For further details available at US-Ireland Alliance website.

Naughton Fellowships

The Naughton Fellowship provides opportunities for University of Notre Dame students to study a number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs to a master’s degree level as a Naughton Fellow. Notre Dame students may study at one of four Irish Universities including UCD.

For further details available at the University of Notre Dame- Naughton Fellowships website.

UCD Exchange & Study Abroad Scholarship

Returning Exchange and Study Abroad students are eligible for a €4,000 tuition scholarship.

Open to: Successful applicants of eligible UCD graduate taught and research masters programmes who:

  • spent a minimum of one semester in UCD (Dublin campuses) on exchange or study abroad, AND
  • are paying non-EU fee rate, AND
  • have not previously been enrolled to UCD on a full-time programme AND
  • register on a full-time master’s degree programme in January 2017, September 2017 or January 2018

Application: After being accepted to an eligible programme students must contact to confirm their eligibility for the UCD Exchange & Study Abroad Scholarship.

Please contact for further information.