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Irish Homecoming Scholarship Programme


The Irish Homecoming Scholarship Programme (IHSP) is a new initiative programme designed to encourage the return to Ireland of Irish emigrants and their families. The scholarship allows returning Irish citizens or the descendants of Irish citizens to study in Ireland for a fixed rate of €7,500 per year. This is a reduction from €12,000 per year, a saving of 37.5% annually. This scholarship is open to anyone, from any country, who has proof of their Irish heritage.


How do students qualify for the programme?

  1. Applicants must be a minimum age of 17 years on January 1st on the year of application i.e the intake year
  2. Students must demonstrate that they have completed a High School Diploma equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate
  3. Applicants who hold Irish passports will automatically qualify
  4. Applicants who do not hold an Irish passport need to demonstrate one of the following:
  • Their parent(s) or grandparent(s) had a registered Irish birth,
  • Their parents(s) or grandparent(s) were Irish citizens and/or held an Irish passport or dual citizenship.
  • If neither of your parents was born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent, you can use a Certificate of Entry in the Foreign Births Register issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the long form of your civil birth certificate in support of your application.
  • Holders of the Certificate of Irish Heritage are now eligible for instant apply. See


Please note: Applicants may also qualify for the IHSP through marriage and adoption. Relevant supporting documentation will be required.


How to apply

To apply for the programme simply quote within your application that you wish to be considered for the Irish Homecoming Scholarship Programme as well as sending proof of your Irish heritage that satisfies the criteria mentioned above.

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