• Students
  • Ireland to U.S.
  • Taught or Research
  • 4-12 Months
  • For Irish/E.U. Citizens


The 2022-2023 Irish Awards applications are open now and close on Friday October 29th, 4pm.

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The Fulbright Commission in Ireland, in cooperation with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives foundation, have set up an award to honour the legacy of Frederick and Anna Douglass and mark the 175th anniversary of abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ historic visit to Ireland in 1845.

Successful candidates would be Irish or EU* graduate students interested in completing a Master’s degree in the study of civil rights and leadership topics in the fields of sociology, history, economic history, American studies, public policy, management, or related fields. Students interested in doctoral programs or non-degree Master’s-level research would also be considered.

The Irish Commission encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for these awards with the goal of increasing the level of participation of diverse communities in U.S.-Irish exchanges more broadly, and to spread awareness of the Fulbright Program within more diverse communities and those traditionally underrepresented in international exchange. Applicants are similarly encouraged to seek U.S. host institutions with a legacy of study in civil rights, social justice or civil engagement.

*EU citizens who have spent 3 or more years in Ireland are eligible to apply.


  • Must be an Irish Citizen, or E.U. citizen living in the Republic of Ireland for the past 3+ year
  • Must have a clear understanding of what it means to be a Fulbrighter
  • Must not be a dual U.S.-Irish citizen, green card holder, or currently living in the U.S., or already have extensive experience of studying or living in the U.S.


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Monetary grant, plus accident and emergency insurance, cultural and professional programming, and J-1 visa administration.


All successful applicants must comply with the two-year home rule, which means that awardees will not be eligible for U.S. residency or a visa until the two-year home rule in Ireland is complete.