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Undergraduate Scholarships & Funding

Please find below information on the various financial options open to Trinity students, including education grants, loans, and scholarships. Some of these options are open to all students, whereas some will have restrictions based on your EU/Non-EU status, course of study, and similar.

Funding Options for International Students

International students are encouraged to apply for Trinity-wide scholarships, including the Foundation Scholarship.

Trinity also offers a number of scholarship opportunities specifically for international students each year.

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Students are always encouraged to explore external funding options in their home countries, including local and governmental awards. Students from the United States should note that Trinity is an accredited recipient of US federal student loans.

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Foundation Scholarship

Students in their Senior Freshman (second) year may opt to take Foundation Scholarship exams, usually held in January. These searching examinations, on material from the student's own course of study, are the basis for the election to Scholarship of the University. Students who achieve an overall first class honours result in these examinations are elected as Scholars on Trinity Monday.

A scholarship is tenured for 5 years, during which time the Scholar is entitled to free Trinity accommodation, their evening meal free of charge at Commons, a waiver of their tuition fees or student contribution (non-EU students' fees are reduced by the value of EU fees) and a small annual stipend. Scholars are also entitled to use the post-nominal letters "sch." after their name.

Scholarship is a very prestigious award given to approximately 70 students each year. See www.tcdlife.ie/scholars for more information.

Sports Scholarships

Trinity Sport offer between 30 - 40 High Performance Sports Scholarships per year as well as a number of specific Rugby Scholarships.

Eligibility

Sport scholars should be competing at the highest national level possible in their chosen sport and have been offered a place in the University. The closing date is generally the first week in October, see www.tcd.ie/Sport/scholarshipsfor further details and to download an application form or contact sport.schols@tcd.ie

Benefits include:

  • Financial grant
  • Nutritional workshops
  • Financial Assistance
  • Sports medical care programme
  • Sports psychology workshops
  • Access to performance coaching
  • Strength and conditioning programmes
  • Support to liaise with academic tutors
  • Sport Scholarship kit

Focus on Sports Scholar - Prakash Vijayanath (Badminton)

Prakash is one of our 36 Sports Scholars, an undergraduate student in Computer Science and Business and is in his third year of the scholarship programme. Currently ranked as the South African No. 2, Prakash has competed in the African Nationals Cup and the Commonwealth Games. He is an invaluable asset to the club both as a player at Intervarsity level and as a coach to other club members and teams. Prakash was awarded Trinity Sport "Sports Person of the Year 2015/16".

 

Financial Assistance & Trinity Bursaries

There are numerous financial resources available to undergraduate students studying at Trinity. The level of financial support varies depending on each student's situation.

Anyone can apply for financial assistance; however, the applications are means tested and you will need to provide documentation such as bank statements, P21s, social welfare documents etc. Application forms are available from the Senior Tutor's Office website www.tcd.ie/senior_tutor

 

A comprehensive list of Busaries/Awards is available on the Senior Tutor's Office website. For more information on financial support for third-level students, see: www.studentfinance.ie

 

Sizarships

Download the Sizarship application form

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 Applications and Admissions Team on or before 15 October of the year of entry.

Sizarships are normally tenable for the first two years of an undergraduate course.

 

Irish Higher Education Grants (SUSI) (EU Students Only)

Higher Education Grants are awarded at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to free tuition at undergraduate level, the principal support available is a means-tested maintenance grant. Depending on the course you are pursuing, you may be eligible for a grant.

You can obtain full details of the grant schemes from the Student Universal Support Ireland. Details are available on the SUSI website

Applications for a grant should be submitted in the same name in which the student is / will be registered.

Student Loans - UK Residents Only (Including Northern Ireland)

The Student Loans Company (SLC), administers government-funded loans and grants to students throughout the United Kingdom. It is responsible for UK student support in partnership with Local Authorities in England and Wales, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, the Education and Library boards in Northern Ireland, the Higher Education Institutions and HM Revenue & Customs.

All queries regarding student loans should be directed to the Student Loans Company Ltd.

 

Entrance exhibitions (EU Students Only)

Entrance exhibitions are automatically awarded to Junior Freshmen (first year) new entrants provided that sufficient merit is shown in public examination results. Each exhibition is in the form of a book prize. Exhibitioners and their parents/guardians are invited to attend a ceremony during their first term. The schools in which exhibitioners received their post-primary education are informed.

Loyola Institute Scholarship (Leaving Certificate/ A Level Students Only)

The Loyola Institute offers a BA in theology in the broad Catholic tradition. The student of theology engages with the biggest questions that human life presents - God, justice, love, suffering, values, war and peace.

The Loyola Institute is pleased to announce a new scholarship for 2017 which consists of a payment of €6,500 per year and payment of the student contribution.

To be eligible students will;

  • Have sat the Leaving Certificate or A Levels in 2016 or 2017
  • Been offered a place to study for a BA Moderatorship in Catholic Theological Studies (TR030). (Note TSM Catholic Theological Studies is not applicable for this scholarship)
  • Have a minimum of 430 points
  • Be ordinarily resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland and be EU applicants

The final decision on the scholarship will be decided by interview of all eligible candidates by 15th September, 2.

The scholarship will be applicable for 4 years of undergraduate degree, subject to passing annual exams with at least a 2.1

It is not possible to defer this scholarship and should the student not continue in Catholic Theological Studies the scholarship will lapse.

School prizes

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.

Reid Entrance Exhibition

Download the Reid Entrance Exhibition Form

In 1888, the sum of £6,200 was received under the will and testament of the late Richard Touhill Reid to found additional sizarships. The awards, which do not exceed five in number, are open only to students of limited means and who are natives of county Kerry. They 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:

  1. are above the standing of Junior Freshman (first year)
    OR
  2. are graduates of any chartered university
    OR
  3. 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. . 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.

The deadline for applications is 15 October of the proposed year of entry.

Choral Scholarships

Eight Choral Scholarships valued at €1,300 are available for all voices for the year 2017.
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 also leads the congregation in the said parts of the service. Some previous choral experience is an advantage and the ability to read music is essential.


Application is made in person at the Chapel Choir desk in Front Square during Freshers' Week (the first week in Trinity); an appointment for an audition before the selection committee is then made.

For more information please visit: www.tcdchapelchoir.ie