Student Funding

Are you considering applying for one of our MFA programmes, but you are concerned about finances? We have put together some funding resources!


1. The Patricia Leggett Playwriting Scholarship

The Patricia Leggett Playwriting Scholarship is a fully paid scholarship awarded to one applicant on the MFA Playwriting. Find out how to apply here. Applications close on 2nd April.

2. The Haddad Fellowship

For the first time, the Haddad Fellowship includes The Lir Academy's MFA Playwriting, Stage Design and Theatre Directing. It is available for Brazilian students and covers the travel, living and education costs of the course for up to €35000. You can register here until 1st April.

3. Trinity College Dublin Funding

Trinity College Dublin has various funding opportunities for EU and international students, available on their website. Learn more about them here.

4. SUSI Grant

The SUSI Grant can be accessed by EU and international students who have lived in Ireland for three out of the past five years. The grant is income-assessed and you can use the Eligibility Reckoner online to see if you qualify.

5.The Lir Academy Bursary

The Lir Academy Bursary is available for EU students and it is income-assessed. Applicants can only apply for it once they have been offered a place.

6. European Excellence Awards

A bursary towards fee costs for EU-fee status students. Applicants can only apply for it once they have been offered a place.For EU-fee status students see more here.

Trinity also offer clinics and advice, keep an eye on their website.

7. Higher Education Authority for non-EU/EEA countries

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is pleased to issue the 2022 Call under the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships Programme. Under the initiative 60 scholarships will be provided for one year study at Bachelor, Masters or PhD levels to successful candidates who have an offer of a place at an eligible Irish higher education institution.

The offer is open to students from non-EU/EEA countries and is applicable to all fields of study.

See here for more details.