Paul Brady Bursary

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular artists. His eponymous scholarship began in 2010 and provided €20,000 in funds over three years, offering 25 places for deserving musicians, singers & dancers on the Blas programme. A new stream of Paul Brady Scholarships were made available in late Spring 2013 and continue for 2017-2018.

Speaking about the Scholarship, Paul Brady said: ‘I am delighted to be associated in this way with the University of Limerick and in particular with the Irish World Academy, which is such an innovative and imaginative facility, under Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s inspired direction. It’s my hope that the Paul Brady Blas Scholarships will allow students who wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity, to experience the Blas Summer School and to access the expertise of some of our finest traditional musicians, singers and dancers.’






The value of each bursary is with respect to tuition fees only for the 2 weeks of the programme (see below for details **). Travel arrangements and accommodation (if required) are the responsibility of the applicant. Details for the extra costs for the week which include accommodation & food are available on the website on the Accommodation tab under ‘Apply’.

This is open for application from candidates who satisfy the criteria set out below. The Conditions of the Scheme are:

  • Applicants must be of Irish Residency/hold an Irish passport.
  • Payment of the bursary will be made directly to the Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance.
  • Applicants must be age 16 years or over. (If under 18 years, written permission of parent/guardian to attend must be submitted at application stage)

Application Forms:

2018 Application Forms coming soon!

** Please be advised that some bursaries will cover the full tuition fee and some bursaries will be for partial funding toward the tuition fee – this is all at the discretion of the Blas Board