Traveller Community Access Programme Scholarship

RCSI’s Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) Scholarship aims to increase the participation of members from the Traveller Community* in the University's Undergraduate Medicine, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy programmes.

The TCAP Scholarship provides reduced points entry, financial support and opportunities for students from the community 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 Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) eligible. In addition to the normal supports provided through the Government Free Fees Initiative and SUSI grant, this scholarship offers an additional financial support of €3,500 per annum (for students who continue to live at home during their studies) and a possible €7,000 per annum accommodation allowance (for students who require accommodation to undertake their studies at RCSI).

*For the purpose of the TCAP Access Programme, the ‘Traveller Community’ is defined by the Equal Status Acts 2000-2002, which defines the Traveller Community as follows: People who are commonly called Travellers, who are identified both by Travellers and others as people with a shared history, culture and traditions, identified historically as a nomadic way of life on the island of Ireland.

How to apply

TCAP 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) and/or Pharmacy (course code: RC005).
  • Submit a CAO application listing Medicine (RC001) or Physiotherapy (RC004) or Pharmacy (RC005).
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least three of the last 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, English, Mathematics, another language and another language and one laboratory science subject (must be Chemistry to be eligible for the Pharmacy programme).
  • 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.
  • Complete the online TCAP Scholarship Application Form by the closing date, 1 July 2021.
  • Arrange for a confidential academic referee to complete TCAP Scholarship Confidential Academic Reference Form by the closing date, 1 July 2021.

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