For the first time, the HEA has earmarked €50,000 in scholarship support for Brazilian students under the latest round of the prestigious Government of Ireland Scholarship scheme. Under the Call 2014-15 which has just been announced, Higher Education Institutions can apply to offer five (5) scholarships to undergraduate, masters or PhD students to support one year’s study in Ireland.

The move is part of the Irish response to strengthening the growing higher education linkages with the South American country that has seen over 1,100 undergraduates student enter higher education institutions in this country in 2013 under the Brazilian Government’s Science without Borders Programme.

Twenty-two of the scholarships will be offered this year.

HEA Chief Executive Tom Boland comments “internationalisation has to be at the core of higher education provision in Ireland. Not only our students but staff have to engage more actively with international partners. Brazil is a key partner for Ireland and it is essential that we build on the foundation that is being established.”

The Government of Ireland Scholarship scheme, which is open to all disciplines for all postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students, allows high-quality students from any non-EEA country the opportunity to spend one year of their studies in Ireland.