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George Moore Scholars

The George Moore Scholarship programme supports academically talented students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in the USA. George Moore Scholars will be trailblazers in their specific discipline or boundary breakers, using an interdisciplinary lens to examine our great global challenges.


The Scholarship will cover the cost of higher education fees, research, travel, visa, health insurance and other living costs for successful applicants. Applicants will be required to provide a detailed annual budget with verifiable sources of cost estimates for each category of projected expenditure.


Applicants may apply for financial support to cover a Master's degree of one, two or three year's duration.

Closing dates

The closing date for completed applications is 27th March 2020.

Geographical focus

The George Moore Scholars programme mainly supports applicants interested in studying in the USA but it will consider applications from students who wish to apply to undertake Master's degrees in other countries, outside of Ireland.

Higher Education institution

It is more important that applicants consider the excellence of the department or research centre they wish to undertake their Master's degree in, than the overall international ranking of the institution.


Employment and funding status

Applicants should intend to complete their entire Master's degree in the USA, or another country if that is their preference.

Applicants should expect to undertake their Master's degree study on a full-time basis in the host institution.

The host institution may offer matching funding, specifically allocated to the individual concerned.

Academic status

Applicants will have completed their primary degree in 2019 or expect to complete it in 2020.

Applicants must either hold a degree, or expect to graduate in 2020, from an Irish or Northern Irish higher education institution at the time of taking up the Scholarship.

Applicants are wholly responsible for securing a place on a Master's degree programme in a university outside of the island of Ireland. Evidence of acceptance on a programme abroad, or evidence that applications to institutions outside of Ireland, must be provided as part of the application. Scholarships will not be awarded until all documentation has been uploaded and submitted.

Applicants will be supported by the George Moore Scholars programme in their organisation of visas, accommodation and travel arrangements to the host country.

Applicants must provide a letter of offer on a Master's degree programme, including terms and conditions of the offer, from the host institution when they apply or as soon as it becomes available.

Applicants may submit only one application a year. Previously unsuccessful applicants may reapply.

Citizenship and residency status

Applicants will normally be Irish citizens, or UK citizens of Northern Ireland. Applicants will have completed most or all of their education on the island of Ireland. Applicants will have completed their primary degree on the island of Ireland.

Non-European Economic Area citizens resident in Ireland / Northern Ireland must have permanent leave to remain by the closing date for applications, 27th March 2020.

Fields of study

The objective is for George Moore Scholars to undertake a Master's degree in any disciplinary area during the tenure of the award.

The George Moore Scholars programme will give particular consideration to applicants who reflect the following values:

  1. Distinctive intellectual curiosity focused on a specific global challenge
  2. A willingness to take appropriate risks in setting and pursuing research objectives
  3. Originality in approach and ambition
  4. A willingness to transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries to address the identified challenge.


The George Moore Scholars awards are tenable for up to 12-36 months for prospective Master's students who wish to register in a university abroad for the entire duration of their degree.

Scholarships are non-renewable.