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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 35 new places each year with a grant of €24,000 per annum.

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.

Objective

The objective of the Walsh Scholarships Programme is to support the training and professional development of Scholars in association with Irish and international universities.

Topics

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.

Training and Development

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

The participating Scholar’s programme includes the development of discipline-specific knowledge, research skills and generic/transferable skills.

Duration and Location

  • The duration of the award will normally be three or four years for a PhD. In exceptional circumstances, funding will be granted for an MSc for a maximum duration of 2 years.
  • 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. The successful awardees then invite eligible students to apply for the Scholarships. 

Applications are not accepted from individual graduate 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