Claddagh Scholarship Program 2021 – 2022
The Claddagh Scholarship Program (CSP) is an initiative aimed at fostering closer links between Ireland and China by encouraging Chinese students to choose Ireland as a study destination. Supported by the national government of Ireland through its agency Education in Ireland, the program was launched in 2015 and has since then achieved great success and helped many students on their education journeys.
The ‘claddagh’ ring is a long enduring Irish symbol of love, friendship and loyalty. It is therefore fitting to represent the support offered by Ireland and its institutions of higher learning for visiting Chinese students. The CSP offers support by means of partial or full waivers of tuition fees.
In 2020, 16 Irish institutions provided over 1.5 million Euro in tuition fee support for visiting Chinese students. This covered hundreds of students across a range of academic fields from foundation to postgraduate level and doctorate degrees. The program covers a diverse range of subjects including environmental science, engineering, business, social sciences and computer science amongst others.
● The Claddagh scholarship program was established specifically for Chinese students perusing education in Ireland
● With support from the Irish government the program has grown to include 13 institutions, including institutes of technology, private colleges and all universities
●Since its inception, the scholarship has grown significantly and in 2020/21 will award over 1.5 million euro to 250 incoming Chinese students, that indicates 1 in 10 Chinese students in Ireland were receiving an award from the program
●Awards available at foundation, undergrad, postgrad and Ph.D. levels. Across over 100 courses and all disciplines
●Successful recipients of scholarships will be invited to attend an awards ceremony before their departure for Ireland.
●we have introduced a new online application system, please visit
CSP - Awarding Institutions
1. Athlone Institute of Technology
2. Dublin City University
3. Dublin City University Language Services
4. Griffith College
5. ICD Business School
6. Institute of Technology Carlow
7. Institute of Technology Sligo
8. Limerick Institute of Technology
9. Maynooth University
10. National College of Ireland
11. National University of Ireland Galway
12. Shannon College of Hotel Management
13. Trinity College Dublin
14. University College Cork
15. University College Dublin
16. Waterford Institute of Technology