Scholarship Funding Opportunities

EPA Co-funded Scholarships Scheme

The EPA can also co-fund PhD Scholarships with Third Level Institutions.

Under the EPA Co-funded Scholarships Scheme, funding is available for a small number of awards, as per the following:

  • 48-month PhDs (indicative budget of €96,000);
  • Limited to new and innovative projects;
  • Co-funded by an Irish host research institution on a 50:50 basis;
  • EPA is to be consulted in the selection process of the candidate (i.e. interview panel)
  • All co-funded PhDs would have to adhere to the EPA’s funding rules and reporting requirements.

Selection criteria will cover the following points:

  • Proposal should be for innovative research aiming at supporting environmental policy in Ireland.
  • The proposed Scholarship should provide evidence to identify pressures, inform policy and develop solutions.
  • The proposed scholarship should be relevant to the:
    • EPA Research Strategy 2014-2020;
    • National environmental policy context; and
    • Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2019 Scheme is now open. To apply, please complete the:

All applications and completed budget templates must be submitted to

The deadline for submission of the Application Form and completed Budget Template is Friday 29th March 2019 (5pm).

Indicative Timeframe:

  • Call Opening: Friday 18th January 2019 
  • Call Deadline: Friday 29th March 2019 (5pm)
  • Evaluation: April – May 2019
  • Notification: June 2019
  • Advertisement of PhD Opportunity and Selection of PhD candidate by Host Institution: June – September 2019.

For more information or to discuss opportunities for collaboration, please contact

The Irish Research Council-EPA Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship programme 2019 is now closed

Over the course of the current research programme (2014-2020) the EPA, in partnership with the Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme provides funding annually for scholarships in the three pillar areas of Climate, Water and Sustainability. This programme offers scholarships for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a research master’s or PhD (either traditional or structured), in any discipline, at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland.

The total value of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, and all strategic funding partner scholarships, will be up to a maximum of €24,000 in any approved year.

2018 Awards

The 2018 Awards will be announced in March/April 2018.

2017 Awards

We are delighted to announce the awards of two IRC-EPA Scholarships in 2017, and would like to congratulate the two awardees:

Applicant Project titleSupervisorOrganisation
Niall O'Sullivan  Sources, fate and impact of volatile organic compounds in Ireland Professor John Wenger University College Cork
Christopher Kennedy Towards a higher resolution national risk map: Incorporating multiple covariates to develop a new spatial model of indoor radon levels Dr Patrick Murphy University College Dublin

Previous Awards

A number of abstracts from the approximately 150 scholarships we have provided funding for over the past 14 years are available.