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Grants and Awards

The Royal Irish Academy is internationally renowned for its role in promoting excellence in scholarship and recognising achievements in learning. The Academy began providing research grants in 1876, and this legacy of supporting academic researchers in Ireland continues today. Our grants programmes support researchers in developing international networks, undertaking archaeological excavations and fostering academic engagement across a range of disciplines in Ireland and abroad.

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Grants & Awards

Each year the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee selects a winner of the Royal...
Prize for Young Chemists »
Every year the ten best students of mathematics are awarded the Hamilton prize.
Hamilton Prize in Mathematics »
Each year, the Royal Irish Academy awards two Academy Gold Medals. The medals are awarded to...
Gold Medals »
The Royal Irish Academy - Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme is designed to...
The Royal Irish Academy-Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme »
The Royal Irish Academy’s Charlemont Grants Scheme was established in 2007 (formerly known as the...
Charlemont Grants »
The Cunningham Medal is the Academy’s premier award and dates back to 1796. It is awarded every...
Cunningham Medal »
Developed in 2015 by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy, these...
US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards »
The R. J. Hunter Grants Scheme was established in 2014 using funding generously made available by...
R.J. Hunter Research Bursary Scheme »
The bursary fund, established in memory of the genealogist and newspaper columnist Eoin (‘the Pope...
Eoin O’Mahony Bursary In Irish History »
The National Monuments Service (NMS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DAHG)...
Directed Archaeological Research For World Heritage Sites »
The Academy has a long association with the funding of archaeological excavation and field research...
Archaeology Research Grants »
The Academy has a long association with the funding of archaeological excavation and field research...
Archaeology Research Excavation Grants »
The Royal Irish Academy in association with Queen’s University Belfast, offers radiocarbon dating...
Archaeology C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme »
The R. J. Hunter Research Fellowship is intended to support suitably qualified applicants at an...
R.J. Hunter Postdoctoral Fellowship »

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