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1916 Leaders and Learners Bursary FAQs

This bursary is supported by the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Fund, which is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES). The bursary is administered 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 (maximum of four years), subject to satisfactory progression (see terms and conditions).

The bursary aims to provide support for socio-economically disadvantaged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

To be eligible to apply for this bursary, students must be able to demonstrate that they are socio-economically disadvantaged and that they come from at least one of the following groups:

  • Socio-Economic groups that have low participation in higher education
  • 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 student who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Irish Travellers
  • Students entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DSP means-tested Social Welfare payment
  • Ethnic Minorities

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their socio-economical disadvantage by providing evidence of the following:

  1.  Being eligible for highest level of SUSI grant (€39,875) and/or
  2.  Being in receipt of a DSP means-tested Social Welfare payment

Applicants apply via an online application form.

Applications for 2018-19 have now closed. 

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 their financial need and personal circumstances, applicants will be asked to submit supplementary documentation, see below for further details:

Receipt of highest rate SUSI grant:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

  • Letter from SUSI confirming eligibility for current academic year OR P21/Chapter 4/Notice of Assessment (2017)
Receiving Means-Tested Social Welfare payment:
  • Social Welfare Statement 2018
Ethnic minorities:
  • 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:
  • Evidence of Disability or DARE eligibility letter
Mature Students:
  • Permission for the 1916 Bursary Assessment board to confirm with the Admissions Office that you are a first time mature applicant
  • Social Welfare Statement from 2018 indicating receipt of Lone-Parent Payment
Student from the Traveller Community:
  • Letter of Support from relevant agency
Reference from a Community Organisation:
  • Please submit a letter of reference from a community organisation and give details of someone in a community organisation who can provide a personal or character reference for you in relation to the content of your application form

All supporting documentation must be sent to the relevant email address of the institution by a closing date (this closing date will be announced soon). 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)
  • 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 institutions involved in Leinster Pillar 1 and an external nominee.

The awarding date for the 1916 Leaders and Learners bursaries 2018-19 will be announced soon.

Please contact your institution directly at the relevant email address:

Marino Institute of Education: 1916bursary@mie.ie