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Global Excellence Scholarship (GES)

Scholarship introduction

Global Excellence Scholarships aim to attract outstanding candidates to UCD programmes and to encourage early application.


Scholarship applications will be considered on academic merit paired with holistic review of their scholarship application.


The Global Excellence Scholarship is payable only toward the tuition fees of the successful candidate.


An annual competition will be run to select a limited number of students per region. Successful applicants will be awarded either a 100% or a 50% tuition fee scholarship. 5. The scholarship is only available to students entering a new programme at UCD. Students already completing a programme will not be considered for the Global Excellence Scholarship for that programme.

Applicant qualifications

Applicants must meet the citizenship and residence requirements given in the Regional Information section of this document.


Scholarships are only open to self-funding candidates who are classified as non-EU for tuition fee purposes. 8. Eligible programmes are limited to undergraduate and graduate taught programmes, where the student must be based in Dublin and no part of the programme is awarded by another institution. The following programmes are excluded from the Global Excellence Scholarship scheme:

• Online programmes

• Part-time programmes

• Clinical programmes

• Off-shore campus programmes


Students progressing from the UCD International Foundation Year (IFY) to a UCD programme are ineligible for the Global Excellence Scholarship.


Applicants to the Global Excellence Scholarship will have already obtained one of the following statuses on an application for an eligible programme:

• Offer

• Conditional Offer

• Accept

• Conditional Accept


Applications for the Global Excellence Scholarship should be submitted in accordance with the instructions given in the Global Excellence Scholarship Application document.


The Global Excellence Scholarship cannot be combined with any other tuition scholarship.

Scholarship amount

50% / 100% tuition fees

Scholarship application deadline




Related school


Academic Excellence