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Applications for the 1916 Bursary Fund for the 2021-2022 academic year NOW OPEN

Applications for the 1916 Bursary Fund 2021-2022 will open on 13 September until Friday 15 October 2021, 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: 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); the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI); and University College Dublin (UCD). 

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.

What’s the value of the 1916 Bursary?

The following are the proposed allocation and conditions of the 1916 Bursary Awards for Academic Year 2021/22 in Leinster Pillar I.

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). This applies to both full and part-time students. 

Tier 1 and Tier 2 bursaries will also be payable to students as they progress into postgraduate studies. This means that students already in receipt of the 1916 Bursary who are completing their undergraduate studies in 2020/21 will be entitled to continue to receive a bursary for postgraduate study.  APPLY NOW

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants 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 or part-time undergraduate course in one of the HEIs from the Leinster Pillar I cluster.

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 SUSI or be in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) means-tested social welfare payment)
  • First-time mature students  (23 or older on 1 January of their year of entry to higher education)
  • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers
  • Entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees


Information for 1916 Bursary Awardees progressing to Postgraduate study in 2021/22.

  • For those who are 1916 Bursary awardees and who have successfully completed their undergraduate programme they will be entitled to apply to have their bursary renewed for postgraduate study in 2021/22.
  • The programme has to be an approved postgraduate programme that takes no less than one year to complete and is provided by a higher education institution part of the Cluster.
    • I wish to pursue a postgraduate programme in the same college where I completed my undergraduate programme, what will I do?
      • A 1916 Bursary recipient wishing to progress to postgraduate level will be expected to formally notify the HEI of their intention to progress to postgraduate in order to renew their bursary.
    • What is the value of the Bursary for 1916 awardees progressing to Postgraduate study?
      • A postgraduate bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per year (Tier 1) and €2,000 per year (Tier 2) for both full-time and part-time students.

How to apply

There is one central application process for Leinster Pillar I cluster Higher Education Institutes (IADT, NCAD, MIE, TCD, RCSI and UCD). To apply for this scholarship, you need to submit an online application form through Microsoft forms. Please check the applicant guide as you may need to submit supporting documentation. Applications for 2021/2022 will open at 1pm on 13 September 2021.

Click here to see the applicants guide

Where do I send my supporting documentation?

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. All supporting documentation must be sent to ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie by 15 October 2021, 5 pm. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible.

Application Timeline

  • Application opening date:                       13 September 2021
  • Application closing date:                         15th October 2021 by 5:00 pm
  • Conditional Offers Issued                         TBC


Would you like to appeal the outcome decision?

The Leinster Pillar I cluster is committed to ensuring all applications are assessed fairly, accurately and according to the published guidelines. Appeals can be made by emailing ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie. Appeals will be independently reviewed on the grounds that the information provided was considered, assessed and scored correctly. The information submitted in the online application and the supporting documentation received will be used in consideration of the appeal. It will not be possible to submit further documentation at the appeal stage.

The closing date for appeals will be announced after the 15 of October 2021.