Mary Immaculate College is delighted to offer two Government of Ireland scholarships to Brazilian students for the academic year commencing September 2015. Candidates may be:
a final-year undergraduate student;
a full-programme taught master's degree student;
a visiting research scholar who wishes to carry out one year's research in Ireland, either at master's or doctoral level.
As Ireland's premier college of Education and Humanities, with a keenly research-active and student-focused faculty, MIC is well-placed to offer highly desirable programmes of study, which will greatly benefit the subsequent lives and careers of the scholarship recipients.
Mary Immaculate College was founded in 1898 and is the oldest third-level institution in Limerick, in Ireland's Midwest region. It has a growing and diverse community of over 3,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programmes in Education, Humanities, Early Childhood Care and Education, and Theatre Studies, as well as a range of research-based and taught postgraduate programmes at Diploma, MA and PhD levels. Almost 40% of Ireland's primary school teachers are educated at MIC, with graduates found at the top level of many sectors both nationally and internationally, most notably in education, psychology, public policy development and the media.
MIC has a vibrant international community, collaborating with more than 50 partner universities and colleges worldwide and hosting over 70 international students annually. In line with the College's Strategic Plan 2012-2016, and in keeping with its Internationalisation policy, Mary Immaculate College will host two Government of Ireland International Education Scholars from Brazil in the academic year 2015-2016.
MIC offers superb, state-of-the-art facilities and on-campus accommodation. The campus is conveniently located in a leafy suburb, just ten minutes' walk from the centre of Limerick city. Limerick city has a population of 60,000, half of which is under 30 years of age. There are three institutions of higher education in Limerick leading to a vibrant student culture in the city! With access to all major routes, MIC is just 20 minutes from Shannon International Airport and close to all the most beautiful scenery and tourist destinations in the Shannon Region.
The Government of Ireland scholarship awards cover tuition fees plus €7,500 towards living expenses.
The successful scholar will study at MIC for one year, choosing from a range of modules in one of the following programmes: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Education, or Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care & Education. These are 4-year, honours degree programmes, which lead to higher education awards at level 8 on the National Qualifications Framework, awarded by the University of Limerick.
In addition to taking English as a Foreign Language and/or English for Academic Purposes, as required, the scholar may select courses from the following subject areas:
- Early Childhood Care & Education
- English Literature
- French Studies; German Studies; Irish language (all available at beginner levels)
- Irish Heritage Studies
- Mathematics & ICT
- Media & Communications Studies
- Theatre Studies
- Theology & Religious Studies
The complete listings of undergraduate modules available to all international students can be found here.
The scholar may choose 3 - 4 modules from the list each semester, in addition to English language classes. In general, the equivalent of 6 ECTS credits will be awarded per module and transferred to the scholar's home university (with its prior agreement) at the end of the academic year. The scholar remains a student of their home university and will not be awarded a degree by MIC.
The scholar will be assigned a mentor/academic advisor at MIC, who will assist with any academic queries. The international Office will be the first point of contact for the scholar for all other matters.
The successful scholar may take a complete taught MA or MEd programme in one year, or continue current research at master's or doctoral level at MIC.
MIC hosts a vibrant community of over 100 PhD researchers and 250 master's students. The College places postgraduate education and research at the heart of its academic mission, and towards that end, the Research and Graduate School is committed to excellence in international best practice.
Full-Programme Taught Master's Degree
The successful scholar who receives a place on a taught one-year MA or MEd programme will have the opportunity to study for an internationally recognised, higher education award at level 9 on the National Qualifications Framework, awarded by the University of Limerick.
Programmes generally consist of six taught modules and a dissertation of circa 18,000 - 20,000 words. Programmes are delivered through a variety of blended teaching, learning and assessment modes. A supervisor will be assigned and will act as the scholar's mentor, supporting the scholar in academic writing and providing academic advice.
Visiting Research Scholar
Research informs and animates the educational mission of MIC within the higher education landscape, and the College is committed to supporting a diversity of research traditions and paradigms in an inclusive and engaging research community.
Visiting research scholars will not be awarded a degree by MIC and current research projects should fall under one of the following specialist areas:
- Applied Linguistics
- English Language & Literature
- French Studies
- German Studies
- Irish Studies
- Media & Communication Studies
- Theology & Religious Studies
Please see here for further information on research possibilities in Education, and here for information and research possibilities in Humanities.
The scholar will be assigned an academic supervisor whose expertise matches the scholar's field of research. Research at MIC is premised on critical and inquiring approaches to the acquisition and publication of new knowledge and frames-of-understanding across a number of research fields. The Research and Graduate School provides innovative and creative ways for engaging postgraduate students in new learning environments and supportive supervisory contexts. Carefully considered progression and feedback approaches, and opportunities to nurture collegiality, define MIC's programmes and give its postgraduate students a real sense of belonging in a community of practice.
The Role of the Government of Ireland Scholar at MIC
As well as being awarded the GoI scholarship, each recipient will be recognised as an ambassador for the College and will be awarded a concurrent internship at the International Office at MIC. The scholars will promote and develop links between Ireland and Brazil during their time as scholars and afterwards as alumni. They will blog about their experiences and connect to students back in Brazil through the College's social media channels. Desk space and a computer in the International Office will be at the scholars' disposal for a designated period each week (1-2 hours) and staff of the office will set aside this time to support and mentor the scholar in developing these skills.
MIC has a national and international reputation as a student-friendly institution. A high quality education, built on the long tradition of commitment to excellence, comes as part of a package that includes a friendly, safe, English-speaking and welcoming environment for students both from Ireland and all over the world. The scholars may wish to join the International Students' Society, which organises regular touristic excursions and events. The College will cover the costs of participation on these trips for the scholars.
The scholars will become familiar with Limerick's rich culture; the spectacular Lime Tree Theatre on campus; sport in Limerick, and festival fun. They will also learn about Ireland's great history, as well as its strengths in entrepreneurship, business and technology.
At least once in the academic year, the Government of Ireland scholars at MIC will be invited to speak as part of the seminar series Conversations in the Consortium, along with scholars from neighbouring institutions.
Our goal is that the scholars will become key ambassadors in the promotion of MIC and Ireland in their communities of practice in Brazil, returning home with an expanded repertoire of academic skills as well as enduring and fond memories of their host country.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, certified English language translations of their academic transcripts and English language proficiency certificates, as well as letters of reference from two Brazilian referees.
Applicants will be selected on the basis of the information contained in the cover letter and supporting documents. Undergraduate applicants will be scored out of 80 marks and postgraduate applicants will be scored out of 100 marks.
Applicants must clearly outline in their cover letter:
- Academic history and achievements, including English language proficiency (20 marks)
- Current research work (applicable to postgraduate candidates only). Quality of the research plan and discernible capacity of the applicant to deliver the planned research outcomes (20 marks)
- Reasons for applying for the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship (20 marks)
- Record of interest and achievements in international education (20 marks)
- Long-term interest in Ireland and their views on the expected impact of their experience in Ireland when they return to Brazil (20 marks)
Applicants are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or the equivalent in an internationally-recognised English language test. Those with scores of 6.0 or equivalent are still eligible to apply, but will be required to partake in an 8-week pre-sessional English language programme, which will be provided free of charge. Applicants who do not meet these minimum scores will be considered ineligible.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via Skype. Shortlisting and interviewing will be by the Associate Vice-President (Research); the Director of Teaching and Learning; the Dean of Arts; and the Director of the International Office.
Please submit applications to the International Office at email@example.com. Applications must be received by June 19th 2015. Interviews (via Skype) will be held during the week of June 22nd - 26th.