Naughton Fellowship

Naughton Application Checklist

The Naughton Fellowship for Master's students provides the opportunity for an aspiring graduate student to experience an immersive year abroad. This competitive program is designed to allow future leaders in a STEM field to pursue an advanced degree while also building international relationships and collaborations.

Irish students can earn a Master's degree in one year through ESTEEM. This program immerses a student in a year of graduate-level study of innovation, entrepreneurship, and general business, designed to augment and make more marketable a student's scientific, technical, and engineering skills. Through the Naughton Fellowship, Irish students can earn a full tuition scholarship, along with a $17,000 stipend for living expenses and full health insurance subsidy for the sponsored student insurance plan.



Interested students may apply for acceptance into ESTEEM at any time; all applicants from Irish institutions will be evaluated together following the Naughton Fellowship deadline. Requirements and process are detailed here, with the following differences noted:

Personal Statement Guidelines

Your ESTEEM/Naughton personal statement will be uploaded as PDF in the "Essay Short Answer" section of the application. Please limit to 2 pages or approximately 900 words.

Topics covered should include:

  • A statement detailing information you believe to be relevant to your application. (Why are you right for ESTEEM? Include relevant academic, non-academic, professional and research-based experiences.)
  • A statement explaining why you are choosing to study your chosen course. (Why is ESTEEM right for you?)
  • An explanation of how a Naughton Fellowship would be of benefit to you during your studies and in the future. (Why now?)
  • Details regarding any non-academic pursuits and achievements, including sports, volunteer work, and other interests.

Additional Information

Significant importance and preference will be given to those Naughton candidates who demonstrate academic excellence; however, the committee will consider several additional criteria, including:

  • the interest, ability, and potential of the candidate to study their chosen field;
  • the candidate’s capacity to successfully complete the program of study; and
  • the candidate’s desire and ability to serve as a cultural ambassador.

Please visit International Student and Scholar Affairs for visa and other information.

62 Irish students have attended ESTEEM following their undergraduate studies at: 

  • Dublin City University
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin

They come from a wide range of academic backgrounds including Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Biopharmaceutical Science, Business Information Systems, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering, Immunology, Management Science and Information Systems Science, Mathematical Science, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nanoscience, Physics, and Software Engineering.

Our Irish graduates have found work in a number of different industries following their studies at ESTEEM, including:

  • Technology: Apple, Uber, Facebook, Palantir, SAP
  • Consulting: Avanade, McKinsey, Bain, Deloitte, E&Y, IQVIA, DayBlink, PwC
  • Startups/Early Stage Companies: Cyndx, Telnyx, Modern Treasury, Springboard, teacherCODE 
  • Healthcare/Medical: DigiBio, Personalis, Cerner

Past Naughton fellows include: 

Daniel Johnson

University of Galway 2021
Biomedical Engineering Major

Harry Crowley

Trinity College Dublin 2016
Mechanical Engineering Major

Ellen Joyce

Trinity College, Dublin 2019
Management Science and Information Systems Studies

Evan Cannon

National University of Ireland Galway 2019
Biomedical Engineering

Niamh Collins

University College Cork 2019
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Sam Gray

Trinity College, Dublin 2018
MD in Medicine, MS in Neuroscience

Darragh Meaney

University College Cork, Ireland 2018
Business Information Systems

David Gormley

University College Dublin, Ireland 2018
Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Odhran Reidy

University College Cork, Ireland 2017
Electronic and Electrical Engineering