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Postgraduate Scholarships: The Walsh Scholarships

The Walsh Scholarships Programme is Teagasc's postgraduate development programme, with some 140 students pursuing PhD programmes at any one time. A budget of €3.2 million per annum is committed to the programme. There are up to 30 new places each year with a grant of €22,000 per student.

The programme is called Walsh Scholarships, to commemorate the late Dr Tom Walsh, first Director of both the Agricultural Research Institute and the National Advisory and Training Service, which were merged to form Teagasc, and a prime mover in developing agricultural and food research in Ireland.


The main objectives of the Scholarships are:

  1. Contribute to the Teagasc goals of generating and applying new knowledge for the sustainable development of the agriculture and food processing industry to enable it to respond profitably to consumer demands and contribute to a vibrant rural economy and society.
  2. Enhance the scientific and technical capacity of the Irish agri-food sector.
  3. Facilitate liaison between Teagasc’s applied research programme and the basic or fundamental investigations in the HEI sector.
  4. Increase the overall research and knowledge transfer capacity of Teagasc.


All aspects of agriculture, horticulture, food, agri-food economics, rural development and rural environment, as well as specific topics identified for priority funding each year.

Education and Development

Teagasc is committed to a co-ordinated professional development strategy for postgraduate students.

The Programme requires that participating students achieve a level of statistical expertise in experimental methods appropriate to a Master’s or PhD. It is the responsibility, therefore, of the college and Teagasc supervisors that students attend and pass such statistical courses as are available to them.

In addition, postgraduate students are expected to acquire competence in the following areas:

  • Reviewing and analysing literature
  • Technical writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Specific technical skills (e.g. laboratory assays/analyses, time management)

Duration and Location

  • Up to two years for an MSc and a maximum of four years for a PhD
  • Preferably located at a Teagasc Research Centre

Application Procedure

Applications for Scholarships are made by full-time academic staff in third-level colleges in collaboration with a Teagasc researcher and the successful applicants select the Walsh Scholars. 

Applications are not accepted from individual postgraduate students, and the Programme does not fund taught (non-research) postgraduate programmes. 

A notice inviting applications for scholarships is issued each June, with a closing date of early-September.

Further Information

The Walsh Scholarships Administrator
Tel: +353 (0)59 9183478
Email: walshscholarships@teagasc.ie