Postgraduate Scholarships

Hardiman PhD Scholarships
The prestigious Hardiman Research Scholarship scheme was first launched in NUI Galway in 2011 to support outstanding PhD students allowing them to pursue a structured postgraduate degree by research. Since its inception Galway University Foundation has supported this prestigious programme with a fund of almost €2.5million thanks to the generous support of donors such as Cancer Care West, Mayo Pink Ribbon, O'Sullivan Family Trust and the Tony Ryan Trust.
Cancer Care West Hardiman Scholars

A joint initiative between Cancer Care West and Galway University Foundation has resulted in a €1 million donation to provide fully funded scholarships to ten PhD students. These scholars are performing translational research in the area of cancer biology, therapeutics and all aspects of oncology at NUI Galway and the associates University Hospital, Galway.

O'Sullivan Family Trust Scholarship

The O'Sullivan Family Trust is currently funding two doctoral students as part of an important initiative at NUI Galway's UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. The Centre is working closely with Tusla (Ireland's Child and Family Agency) to transform child and family services in Ireland. According to John Canavan, Associate Director of the Centre, "this research is contributing to the development of policy and practice that will assist areas such as keeping children out of care and protecting children's rights."

The O'Sullivan Family Trust Scholarships gives scholars a valuable opportunity to develop their own expertise, be recognised as experts in their field and contribute to the much-needed development of policy and practice.

Their support funds two doctorate students who are tasked by the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre to critically evaluate Tusla in the areas of

  • Improving Children's meaningful participation in services delivered for them by Tusla
  • Assessing the implementation of the 'Meitheal Programme' which is a radical new assessment and intervention tool which ensures integrated family and child supports services are identified and delivered for children.
MA in Education for Masters Students

The generous support of our alumni through the alumni fund and the telephone campaign helps to support the education of students who are studying the MS in Education to qualify as teachers having themselves come to NUI Galway through the Access Programme. The fund will help student teachers through scholarships and bursaries to qualify with an MA in Education following on from their undergraduate degree.

The support of these students is part of NUI Galway's commitment to address educational disadvantage. Teachers who themselves have come to education from a disadvantaged background further encourages their students to pursue a third level education. By supporting students who have direct experience of social and economic disadvantage to become teachers it and the experience of the Access Programme we are inspiring them as teachers to create awareness amongst their pupils and their parents as to the possibilities of a university education.