If you live in the U.S. and would like to study Irish in Ireland this summer, I encourage you to apply. I spent a month in Donegal last year courtesy of the Gaeltacht Summer Awards...they pay tuition, room, and board at the Gaeltacht summer course you choose (they don't cover "culture and language" weeks though...just language)
Here's the information:
What Are The Gaeltacht Summer Awards?
It is an opportunity for Irish Language Learners in the U.S. to spend two to six weeks studying Irish in the Gaeltachtaί.
The grants are sponsored by the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, the National Lottery of Ireland, and the Ireland-United States Commission for Education Exchange.
What Does This Grant Offer?
The grants are available to learners and teachers of the Irish language living in the U.S. to study Irish language in the Gaeltacht.
Grant includes tuition / fees, room (based on sharing) and board. Successful applicants must pay their own travel and living costs.
Please note that this is not a Fulbright Award, but a grant from the Ireland-United States Commission for Education Exchange.
Who Can Apply?
Applicants must be:
Currently living / working in the U.S.
Enrolled in Irish language courses in the U.S. and, or have completed at least one year or Irish language instruction or have been teaching the Irish language in the U.S. for more than one year.
Be able to participate in the program in its entirety (two to six weeks in the Gaeltacht).
Preference will be given to applicants who:
Are currently enrolled on a for-credit course in a recognized U.S. higher education institution as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
Have not participated on a Gaeltacht / Irish Language course in Ireland before.
How To Apply
If you meet the above criteria, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to indicate your interest in applying. In your email please state:
Your full name
Home Institution / Address
We will then send you the application and references form.
A complete application consists of 1) application form, 2) transcript (currently enrolled students) or CV (at large candidates / teachers), and 3) reference submitted directly to the Commission by the referee.
Deadline for Applications: Friday, March 14th, 2014
Please share this email widely with any students, colleagues, or friends who you think may be interested!
For more information, please see:www.fulbright.ie
The application and reference form can take a while to fill out, so if you're interested, I recommend contacting them right away.