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Research & Education Supports

Posted: Oct 08, 2021 / By: Communications Categories:
Research & Education Supports

The Housing Agency currently has a number of housing research and education support opportunities.

Research Support Programme

The call for applications for the 2022 research support programme will open 9th June 2022 - details to follow soon. 

Research Support Programme Information
Research Support Programme Guidance for Applications
Research Support Programme Application Form
Research Support Programme Ethical Framework


Housing Education Bursary Scheme

The Housing Agency is pleased to support education opportunities for Irish housing professionals through The Housing Agency Education Bursary Scheme. Since 2018, the bursary scheme has allowed over 130 students to undertake housing studies education courses offered by the Institute of Public Administration and the Irish Council for Social Housing/ Chartered Institute of Housing. The courses available for bursary funding are:

  • IPA NFQ Level 6 (Special Purpose Award) Certificate in Housing Studies
  • IPA NFQ Level 8 (Special Purpose Award) Professional Diploma in Housing Studies
  • ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing

The bursaries provide a contribution towards course fees, and are intended to support those who would otherwise be unable to secure funding for the full course fees from their organization or other sources.

Applications are currently being sought for Round 2 of the 2021/2022 Bursary Scheme competition. Under Round 1 of the competition (closing date 27 August 2021), 31 bursary offers were made to students applying to undertake housing studies courses at the IPA. Round 2 of the Scheme will support students seeking to enroll in the ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing. The closing date for Round 2 is 5pm on 11 October 2021. Further details, including the application form, can be found at this link

Course Closing Date for Applications Course Start Date
ICSH/CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing  5pm, 11 October 2021 January 2022

How to apply

The bursary awards are intended to support those who would otherwise be unable to secure funding for the full course fees from their organisation or other sources. 

Applicants can apply by downloading and completing the Bursary Application Form, and returning it as a PDF to by the closing date outlined above.

Please note that applicants are required to make separate applications for both course attendance and this bursary scheme if they wish to avail of the bursary.


Essay Prize

The Housing Agency is committed to supporting housing education and research in Ireland. This includes an annual Essay Prize, awarded to the most original student essay submitted as part assessment for the IPA Level 8 Professional Diploma in Housing Studies. Applications for the 2021 Essay Prize are currently being reviewed, and the winner will be announced on The Housing Agency’s website in the coming weeks.