Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programme

How can I contact you with an enquiry?

Enquiries should be submitted by email to scholarships@icuf.ie, or via the contact page. However, in advance of submitting an email enquiry, please review the frequently asked questions below – at busy times, enquiries which are not covered by these will be prioritised. Due to the volume of enquiries, and the scaled down nature of administration, we are unable to deal with telephone enquiries.

What are the closing dates for applications? And for referees to submit their references?

Please refer to the How to Apply page for information on closing dates.

I will be on sabbatical and would like to pursue the possibility of developing collaboration with colleagues in Canada / Ireland. Would I be eligible for a Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship?


Is the Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship limited to any particular academic area, or to people of any age?

Applications are encouraged from all persons regardless of age or discipline, whose work has the potential to address the objectives outlined here. However, as noted on the Eligibility and Assessment page, Canadian applicants much be living and working in one of the Atlantic Provinces in Canada, and Irish applicants must be seeking to travel to one (or more) of these provinces.

I am an Irish citizen living in Canada for the past 3 years. Can I apply for an award to travel to Ireland?

No. Applicants must have been living in the country from which they are applying for three of the past five years (for further details, please see question relating to ‘permanent residency’ below.

I have received a Dobbin Scholarship / Flaherty Research Scholarship in the past. Can I apply?

Regrettably, no. It is the objective of ICUF to extend scholarships to as large a cohort as can be achieved, and for this reason, previous recipients of Dobbin and Flaherty Research scholarships are not eligible.  However, you may apply for a Flaherty Visiting Professorship, if eligible.

Can you tell me about the permanent residency requirement?

A core goal of this scholarship programme is to contribute to the development of academic links between Canada and Ireland, with a view to further enriching and strengthening academic and cultural relations between both countries into the future.

As such, ICUF awards are made available to individuals who are in a position to potentially contribute to achieving this long term goal, and accordingly applications are requested from those who;

  • have been ordinarily resident in the country from which they are applying for three of the past five years, AND,
  • are national / permanent resident of that country. Please note, EU / EEU nationals are eligible to apply in Ireland, provided they have been living in Ireland for three of the  past five years.

Please note – the Foundation may request documented evidence of an applicant’s nationality and residence.

Thus, a Canadian / Irish citizen who is resident in (for example) Germany, is not eligible to apply. A person from (for example) France who has been studying in Canada for five years on a student visa is not eligible to apply, unless s/he has received Permanent Residence in that country.

However, a person from any country, regardless of nationality, who has Permanent Residence in either Ireland or Canada is eligible to apply in that country, provided they have lived in that country for three of the past five years. As outlined above, citizens of EU / EEU countries can apply in Ireland, provided they have lived in Ireland for three of the past five years.

Information on permanent residency in Ireland can be found here.

Information on permanent residency in Canada can be found here.