A number of scholarships are made available each year to students wishing to study at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Please view the current scholarships listed below for further information.

Stepping Stones Scholarships

A new scholarship fund has been made available for post-graduate study at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. The Stepping Stones Scholarships target taught post-graduate students with a demonstrable record in a performance and/or academic specialisation relevant to a programme of study at the Academy. There will be 3 scholarships of €1000.

Priority will be given to:

·     applicants experiencing demonstrable financial challenge

·     applicants for programmes with a higher number of available places

Application Process

·     Applicants must apply for the programme through the normal university procedures

·     In the application form, where a candidate is asked to indicate how they will fund their study, they should indicate that they will be applying for a Stepping Stones scholarship (they should also include other forms of funding as appropriate)

·     The initial application for the scholarship should be coordinated by the course director of the programme. If a candidate has been offered a place on the programme and wishes to apply for the scholarship, they should send the course director a personal letter indicating how their application meets the scholarship criteria

·     Scholarship recipients will be decided on by a meeting attended by relevant Course Directors and members of the Academy’s Director’s Group

Stepping Stones scholarships evaluation form

EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary

EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independents charity established by EMI in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of EMI Records.  The EMI Music Sound Foundation is now the single largest sponsor of Specialist Performing Arts Colleges in England and has created vital bursaries for at music colleges, to assist music students. In 2005, the Foundation extended its remit to cover the Irish World Academy in Ireland. A bursary was made available on an annual basis towards the establishment of the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music at the Irish World Academy.

Applicants should normally be under 25 years of age, born in the UK or Ireland, and should have applied for admission to the MA Community Music Programme. In certain instances, bursary applications may be considered for admission to other Irish World Academy programmes.

For further information on how to apply please contact:

Barbara Christie, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

Phone: +353 61 202030; Email:

RTÉ Lyric FM Scholarships

The RTE Lyric FM Scholarships were established in 1999 in support of the MA in Classical String Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. The aim of the Scholarship is to supports young talented string players who wish to study at UL. Since the Scholarship was established in 1999, it has been awarded to students from Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, China, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Italy and the US.

For further information on how to apply please contact:

Dr. Ferenc Szűcs,  
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
 University of Limerick, 

Tel: +353 61 202918;  
Fax: +353 61 202589
; Email:

MA Festive Arts Scholarships

The MA Festive Arts Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance offers students the opportunity to develop skills in arts management, curating, production, performance and research with an emphasis on festivity and the role of festival in society. Bringing together artists, performers, curators, producers and researchers, the MA Festive Arts Programme provides a unique context for the acquisition and development of skills in this field. There is a strong emphasis on the development of practical skills and experience, with a central internship module, and a focus on working with practitioners and experts in the field.

The MA Festive Arts Programme is coordinated by Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann, and is taught by a range of visiting lecturers and workshop coordinators, who bring a wealth of practical experience and industry knowledge to the programme.

The scholarships offered are to the value of €2000 and €1000 and can be used for fees only.

Applicants are advised to apply to the programme through the UL Graduate Studies website.

Once this application has been submitted, they should send a letter of application for the scholarship to the MA Festive Arts course director, Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann at or by post at:Niamh NicGhabhann,
IW1-032, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Limerick.

In this letter of application, applicants should outline their suitability for the MA Festive Arts programme, and their reasons for wanting to take on this course of study. Applicants should also indicate whether they are in receipt of any other form of fee subsidy – e.g. SUSI grant.