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!

We have put together some information on funding resources available for anyone thinking of applying to our postgraduate programmes.

1. The Colm Ó Briain Scholarship

This fund will provide a scholarship of €10,000 to be awarded each year to a student on our BA in Acting or our MFA in Theatre Directing programmes. We will soon be accepting applications for this award for the coming academic year, starting in October 2024. For more information on how to apply contact us at

2. The Patricia Leggett Playwriting Scholarship

The Patricia Leggett Playwriting Scholarship is a fully paid scholarship awarded to one applicant on our MFA Playwriting course. Applications are made directly to The Lir Academy and the next round of applications for the scholarship will open in February 2024. If you you have any questions about the scholarship or are interested in applying for the next round contact us at

3. The Haddad Fellowship

The Haddad Fellowship includes The Lir Academy's MFA Playwriting, Stage Design and Theatre Directing courses. It is available for Brazilian students and covers the travel, living and education costs of the course for up to €35000. Applications for the scholarship open in January each year, and we advise students to apply early. Read more about the Haddad Fellowship and the eligibility criteria.

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. For more information about this contact us at

6. Trinity College Dublin Funding

Trinity College Dublin offers a variety of funding opportunities for EU and international students.

7. 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. Applications usually open in March and close at the end of June each year. If you are an EU-fee status student, you can read more about the European Excellence Awards here.

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

Each year the Higher Education Authority (HEA) run an 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.

If you have any questions about making an application to the The Lir Academy, or funding opportunities contact us at