1916 Bursary Fund

Applications for the 1916 Bursary Fund 2021-2022 are open until Friday, 15 October 2021 at 5pm. Late applications will not be considered.

The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS). The purpose of this bursary is to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from groups most under-represented in higher educations.

Bursaries are awarded for eligible students in the following Higher Education Institutions, which form the Leinster Pillar I Cluster: Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT); National College of Art and Design (NCAD); Marino Institute of Education (MIE); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences (RCSI); and University College Dublin (UCD).

The following are the proposed allocation and conditions of the 1916 Bursary Awards for Academic Year 2021/22. These bursaries will be available to first-time undergraduate students entering RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences via the CAO in September 2021 There are three different types of bursaries available:

  • Tier 1: €5,000 per year
  • Tier 2: €2,000 per year
  • Tier 3: Awardees will receive a once-off bursary of €1,500 for the academic year 2021-22 only (number TBC).

Applicants to the 1916 Bursary Fund must be:

  • A new entrant pursuing an undergraduate course for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Eligible for the Special Rate of SUSI grant (Family income of €24,500) and/or in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection means-tested payment
  • Have been a resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years
  • Be studying an approved full-time undergraduate course or part-time undergraduate course in one of the HEIs from the Leinster Pillar I cluster (this includes RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy programmes).

and be from one of the under-represented groups at higher education, including: 

    • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (i.e. either eligible for the highest level of Student University Support Ireland (SUSI) or in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) means-tested social welfare payment)

    • First-time mature students

    • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or visually impaired

    • Irish Travellers

    • Students entering on the basis of a further education award

    • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested social welfare payment

    • Ethnic minorities

    • Refugees

    If you do not meet all of the above criteria, you cannot be considered for a 1916 Bursary Award.

    There is a central online application process for the Leinster Pillar I Cluster which is administered by UCD on behalf of the other five institutions. That means that there is one application for all six HEIs. 

    Applications to the 1916 Bursary Fund are now open via the below link.

    Applications will remain open until 5pm on Friday, 15 October 2021. All supporting documentation must be sent to ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie by that date, otherwise your application will not be considered.

    Please consult the application guide below before starting your application.

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