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Eoin O’Mahony Bursary In Irish History

The Eoin O’Mahony Bursary in Irish History was established in memory of the genealogist and newspaper columnist Eoin O’Mahony, and is open to candidates engaged in historical research on subjects of Irish interest, including family history projects, particularly those associated with the ‘Wild Geese’. The grant provides support for the direct costs of consulting sources which are not available in Ireland.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit a detailed application form online, including:

  • Applicants details
  • Proposed research proposal
  • Proposed travel details
  • Details of external support and rationale for RIA funding request
  • Details of any previous RIA funding received
  • List of relevant publications in the field and publication and dissemination plans for the proposed project
  • References
  • Full costings

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the ‘Guidelines for applicants’ document which you can view here.

Please click here to access the online application form.

Funding available

A total fund of €10,000 is available for the Eoin O’Mahony Bursary in Irish History. A maximum of €2,500 per application may be requested however the scheme will be competitive, and the average grant awarded has previously been in the region of €1,000 - €2,000.

Costs and activities which are eligible

  • Proposals for a clearly defined piece of research or research activity undertaken through a short international visit, which will have an identifiable outcome on the completion of the project
  • Travel and maintenance for grant holder incurred during international visit
  • Research assistance (based in Ireland or abroad)

The only expenses payable are the costs directly related to the research being carried out, up to a maximum of €2,500.

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • Only one Eoin O’Mahony Bursary award may be held, or applied for, at any one time, and an application cannot be accepted if the applicant has a report outstanding on a previous Eoin O’Mahony Bursary award.
  • The scheme operates on an all-island basis. Travel on the island of Ireland is not eligible for funding. Travel from Northern Ireland to Great Britain or travel from the Republic of Ireland to Great Britain is allowed.
  • An application will be deemed ineligible if it does not include all required supporting documentation and confirmations listed below

Who can apply:

We are seeking applications from researchers across all career stages. There is no requirement for an applicant to be a University Graduate however applicants must demonstrate that their research is likely to constitute a significant and scholarly contribution to historical knowledge.

Applications are accepted for the following

This grant provides support for the direct costs of consulting sources which are not available in Ireland.

Submission deadline

The Eoin O’Mahony Bursary in Irish History opens on 13th February and will remain open until Tuesday 19th March 2019. Any application received after 17:00 (GMT), Tuesday 19th March 2019 will be deemed ineligible and will not be assessed for funding.

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