Traveller and Roma Communities Access Scholarship

RCSI's Traveller and Roma Communities Access Scholarship aims to increase the participation of members from the Traveller and Roma Communities in RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy and Advanced Therapeutic Technologies programmes.

The scholarship provides reduced points entry, financial support and opportunities for students from these communities who might otherwise be unable to attend third level education due to social disadvantage or financial constraints.

The scholarship is offered to students who are eligible for Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) and is an addition to the normal supports provided through the Government Free Fees Initiative and SUSI grant.

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Be eligible for admission to one (or all) of RCSI’s undergraduate degree programmes through the CAO – Medicine (course code RC001), Physiotherapy (course code: RC004)Pharmacy (course code: RC005) and/or Advanced Therapeutic Technologies (RC006).
  • Submit a CAO application listing Medicine (RC001) or Physiotherapy (RC004) or Pharmacy (RC005) or Advanced Therapeutic Technologies (RC006).
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least three of the five years preceding admission.
  • Present a minimum of six recognised Irish Leaving Certificate subjects (minimum subject grades: 2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7) to include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, a third language and one laboratory science subject (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science).
  • If applying for Medicine (RC001), present a HPAT result in the year of admission; achieve a minimum of 480 points; and meet the minimum subject grade requirements for the five or six-year Medicine programme in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate examination.
  • If applying for Advanced Therapeutic Technologies (RC006), present a minimum H4 in Mathematics, a H5 in another subject and a minimum of O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects (to include Irish (unless exempt), English, a third language and one laboratory science subject – Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science).
  • Complete the online scholarship application form by the closing date of 1 July. Early application is encouraged.
  • Arrange for a confidential academic referee to complete the scholarship confidential academic reference form in advance of the closing date of 1 July.

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