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1916 Leaders and Learners Bursary FAQs

This bursary is funded by the Department of Education and Skills through the Leinster Pillar 1 Cluster of Higher Education Institutions – 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); and University College Dublin (UCD).

The bursary award is 5,000 per annum for the duration of the awardee’s undergraduate programme, subject to satisfactory progression (see terms and conditions).

This bursary is for students who can demonstrate financial need, including those from the following equity groups:

  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged students
  • Students with a disability
  • Students in receipt of SUSI grant (with priority given to those on the Special Rate)
  • Low income first time Mature Students
  • Lone Parents
  • Students in Direct Provision, Asylum Seekers, Refugees
  • Irish Travellers

Students must be registered to full or part-time programmes in one of the above institutions. Programmes must be greater than 2 years in duration. For the academic year 2017-18, students from all years of a programme, EXCEPT final year students, may apply.

Applicants apply via an online application form before 9 March 2018 at their institution’s website see below. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Marino Institute of Education: www.mie.ie/1916

All applicants will be asked to provide personal details and asked to answer questions based on the following:

- Rationale for seeking a scholarship

- Barriers faced in accessing higher education 

- Achievements in community, charity, sport and other interests

- Motivation to study at higher education

- Career plans    

- Financial Need

In order to verify financial need, applicants will be asked to submit supplementary documentation, see below for further details:

Indicator of Financial Need

Documentation Required

HEAR Students/Students supported by an Access/Disability Office

Permission for the 1916 Bursary Assessment board to  confirm that you entered  or are supported by the Access/Disability Office in your college.

Receipt of SUSI grant (priority will be given to those who are in receipt of special rate of grant)

Letter from SUSI confirming eligibility and payment for current academic year

Receiving Means-Tested Social Welfare payment

Social Welfare Statement 2016

Asylum seekers/direct provision

Letter from Direct Provision Centre

Letter issued from the Department of Justice and Equality confirming permission to reside in Ireland

Naturalisation and Immigration Services Person ID Number (INIS Person ID number)

Students with a disability

Permission for the 1916 Bursary Assessment board to  confirm that you entered  or are supported by the Disability Office in your college.

Mature Students

Income Declaration Form with relevant documentation


Social Welfare Statement from 2016 indicating receipt of Lone-Parent Payment

Student from the Traveller Community

Letter of Support from relevant agency

All supporting documentation must be sent to the relevant email address of the institution by a closing date of 9 March 2018. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible.


Applicants can submit in one of the following formats:

  • Written responses to each section (maximum 200 words per section
  • Video responses to each section (maximum 30 seconds per section). Please ensure that all video or audio files play on Window Media or Apple Quicktime player. Photos (maximum 3 per section with a caption). Digital images must be clearly labelled & referenced in the application.

Applications will be examined by an assessment panel of nominees from all the above institutions and an external nominee.

The 1916 Leaders and Learners bursaries for all the above institutions will be awarded at a ceremony in the GPO on 17 April 2018.

Please contact your institution directly at the relevant email address:

Marino Institute of Education: 1916bursary@mie.ie