Developing a new generation of academic, artistic, cultural and economic links between Atlantic Canada and Ireland

Over the centuries, wave after wave of emigrants left the shores of Ireland for the new world, with hundreds of thousands making their homes on that other windswept Atlantic coast.  The result is that now, Ireland and Atlantic Canada have a great deal in common, sharing in a rich shared tradition of music, folklore, maritime and agrarian life.

The Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programme builds on this shared heritage, with a view to developing a new generation of academic, artistic, cultural and economic links between these two regions.

Dobbin Atlantic Scholars will receive scholarship awards to support research which seeks to find new ways to work in partnership, in order to face common challenges and to explore shared opportunities.

Successful research projects will explore areas such as;

  • our common culture, history and heritage
  • the potential of our shared resources
  • scientific and technological innovation

The awards will be for an amount up to CDN$7k/€5k, precise details of which will depend on the duration of stay.  More information here.

All scholars awarded in 2019 must commence their research trip on or before 1st June 2020.

Check your eligibility

The Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programme is in place to support the development of links between Ireland and Canada, and as such, there are certain eligibility criteria.  Read our eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Find out all the details you need on the How to Apply page.

Further information

Further information is available on the FAQ page.

This programme is made possible through the most generous support of Mark Dobbin and the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme.






photo credit:  ‘Achill Island’ (c) Stefan Jürgensen – with thanks to the artist for permission