Scholarships & Funding for US Students

US Federal & Private Loans

The US Department of Education has approved UCD to certify loans under the ‘William D. Ford Direct Loan’ program through which US students can apply for federally supported loans. If you are not eligible for federal loans, you may apply for credit-based private loans to finance your study at UCD. You can find more detailed information about Financial Aid for US Citizens and Residents at the UCD International website.

Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship for US Students

UCD awards five full-tuition scholarships to US applicants for one-year taught graduate programmes including the one-year Masters in Psychological Science (M Psych Sc) available in the School of Psychology. Applicants for the award are judged based on academic merit and act as ambassadors for UCD.

UCD Exchange & Study Abroad Scholarship

If you have visited UCD as an exchange exchange student or study abroad student and wish to return to UCD to complete a masters degree, you may be eligible for a tuition fee scholarship.

Universitas 21 University Tuition Scholarship

If you are a student from a Universitas 21 university and you wish to study for your masters in UCD, you may be eligible for a tuition scholarship of €2,000 or 10% of the tuition fee. In the US, this includes the University of Connecticut, University of Maryland, Ohio State University, and the University of Virginia. 

Naughton Fellowship for Notre Dame Students

If you are an undergraduate students at Notre Dame and wish to study a masters degree in UCD, you may be eligible for a Naughton Fellowship which includes a full tuition waiver and USD 20,000 living expenses.

The Mitchell Scholars Program

Sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance The Mitchell Scholars Program provides funding for twelve Mitchell Scholars for one year of graduate study in Irish universities, including UCD.

The Irish Fulbright Commission

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

Who to Contact

For more information about scholarships and funding for US students, please visit the Funding & Scholarships page on the UCD International website or email

If you are a US student and you would like assistance to understand your options, please contact Louise McHugh in the School of Psychology at She will be happy to organise a Skype call to answer any questions you may have about Dublin, Ireland or UCD.