Scholarships and awards
Since its foundation in 1592, Trinity has sought to assist students of limited means. Although financial assistance is not normally given to first year students, there are exhibitions that you may be entitled to. For students in later years provision is made through the Financial Assistance Committee. You should consult your tutor when you come to Trinity for more information.
Entrance Exhibitions are awarded to Junior Freshmen (first year) new entrants provided that sufficient merit is shown in public examination results (i.e. a minimum of 560 points in the Leaving Certificate examinations or equivalent). Each exhibition is in the form of a book prize worth €300 over two years. The names of exhibitioners are announced during the first term, and the schools in which exhibitioners received their post-primary education are informed.
Sizars are Entrance Exhibitioners of limited means who have Commons (evening meal) free of charge. Application
to be considered for the award of a sizarship should be
made to the Admissions Office on or before 1 October of
the year of entry. Application forms may be downloaded from
Sizarships are normally tenable for the first two years of an undergraduate course.
Students in the Senior Freshman (second) year may compete for a foundation scholarship. Up to seventy foundation scholars are elected annually on the basis of performance in the scholarship examination, which is usually held in the week before the start of the second term. Foundation scholars are entitled to certain privileges, which include having their course fees paid by the College (non-EU students pay EU fees), Commons (evening meal) free and an entitlement to College rooms free of charge during the academic year. Foundation scholarships are normally held for a term of five years.
Sports Scholarships are awarded to sportsmen and sportswomen of national/international standard who come to study and compete for Trinity. The Scholarships provide the following benefits:
- Financial grant
- Physiological Assessment/Fitness Testing and follow up training
- Workshops to include Nutrition, Psychology etc.
Scholarships are open to all sports and are awarded to first year students and are tenable for one year, however, they may be renewed (on a yearly basis) for up to three additional years. Application forms may be downloaded from the website listed below. The closing date for applications is Friday 5 July 2013. For further information and application forms, please contact the Department of Sport:
Prizes are available to students from the following schools: the Abbey School, Tipperary; Portora Royal School, Enniskillen; Mount Temple Comprehensive, Dublin; St Andrew's College, Booterstown and Alexandra School, Dublin. A booklet setting out all the awards available in Trinity College may be obtained from the Admissions Office, Regent House, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 896 4444, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid Entrance Exhibition
In 1888, the sum of £6,200 was received under the will and testament of the late Richard Touhill Reid to found additional sizarships or exhibitions in the nature of sizarships. The awards, which do not exceed five in number, are open only to students of limited means who are natives of the county of Kerry. Reid entrance exhibitions are granted to qualified candidates on the basis of their public examination results and are tenable for two years.
Students not eligible are those who:
- are above the standing of Junior Freshman (first year)
- are graduates of any chartered university
- have completed their nineteenth year before 1 May of the year in which they compete.
Exhibitioners have their Commons (evening meal) free, are supplied with a laptop and receive a salary of €6,000 per annum (the €6,000 award includes any applicable fee payments). During the Senior Freshman (second) year, exhibitioners normally compete for Foundation Scholarships. Those who fail to obtain such scholarships, but are deemed to have shown sufficient merit, may have their exhibitions extended for two further years.
Application forms should be addressed to the Admissions Office to arrive not later than 31 May of the proposed year of entry.
Choral Scholarships – Trinity College Chapel Choir
Eight Choral Scholarships valued at €1,300 are available for all voices for the year 2013/14.
The Choral Scholars form the core and leadership of the Chapel Choir: a mixed-voice choir of about twenty-five singers which performs in a liturgical context. The Choir sings at two regular services during each week of lecture term and various special College and University services. However the Choir is not itself a religious organisation: applicants of any faith, denomination or none are welcome. Those considering applying for a Choral Scholarship should note that some previous choral experience is an advantage and the ability to read music is essential. International students find that membership of the Chapel Choir opens up an element of University life which is often not available to them in their home universities.
Application is made in person at the Chapel Choir desk in Front Square during Freshers' Week; an appointment for an audition before the selection committee is then made. All candidates are informed of the decision of the committee by the end of the first week of teaching term. There is no pre-application process.