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Trinity Employability Bursary

The Trinity Employability Bursary supports full-time undergraduate students who are looking for career-related work experience and opportunities but are finding it financially difficult to take up an opportunity they have secured. The opportunity must help you to develop your employability skills and prepare you for your future career.

The opportunity can be in Ireland, overseas, or virtual but must not form an official part of a degree programme. Any volunteer role undertaken must comply with the Trinity Volunteer Charter.

Who is eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are a full-time undergraduate student at Trinity, (including both EU and Non-EU students) and not already in receipt of funding from the Careers Service, e.g. Spring Week Internship Bursary, Laidlaw Scholarship.

Work experience opportunities for current final year students must be completed by the end of the summer following your final examinations. 

Bursary amount

You will be eligible to apply for any figure up to and including a maximum of €500 over the course of your undergraduate journey. You can apply multiple times as the need arises but you will not be eligible to apply again once you have reached the maximum limit of €500.

It is important to show in detail how you calculated the amount you are applying for, how it will be spent and why it is necessary. You will be required to provide detailed receipts after the work experience has occurred. There is no guarantee that an application will be successful or that you will receive the full amount requested. If funds are awarded but you fail to provide full receipts after the experience, then you must repay the relevant funding amount to Trinity.

What is covered under the Bursary?

This Bursary can only be used to cover related travel, accommodation, family care, equipment, or work clothing costs incurred as a result of undertaking the work experience.

How to apply

You can apply using this application form: Trinity Employability Bursary Application Form. We will acknowledge your application when received. Applications will be considered once the deadline has closed and you will receive notification of a decision within two weeks following the deadline.

You will be asked to include the following with your application:

1. A one-page CV

2. Details of the Bursary amount you are applying for and its intended use

3. A personal statement on why you should be offered the Bursary (300 words maximum)

4. Proof of the work experience opportunity offered to you (Letter of Offer)

All applications must be made in advance of the work experience.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis by the Bursary Review Committee based on the information provided in your application.

Awarding criteria

Bursaries will be assessed on the strength of the information provided in the application form. Trinity reserves the right to assess the suitability of the work experience as part of the application process and its decision is final.

In considering applications, the Bursary Review Committee will be looking for evidence that the opportunity:

1. Complies with the criteria as outlined above;
2. Contributes to your personal development;

and/or

3. Supports development of your employability skills;

and/or

4. Supports your future career aspirations;

Trinity reserves the right to interview applicants, either remotely (by telephone/video call) or in person should we wish to do so.

Bursary approval

Once a Bursary is approved, you will receive the funding requested as soon as possible

At the end of the work experience you will need to:

  • Provide proof that you have undertaken and completed the work experience/opportunity as set out in your Bursary award, e.g. an email/letter from the organisation/individual.
  • Submit receipts to prove expenditure for the total amount awarded to you. Failure to do so will mean that you will have to repay the Bursary funding. Any unspent funds must be refunded to Trinity.

Reflection

You will be required to provide a short reflective essay (500 words minimum) on your work experience and its impact on supporting, influencing or making a difference to your career choices and decisions.This essay should address the questions below:

  • Can you describe in detail if and how this experience enhanced your skills and employability? (c. 250 words)
  • What did you learn from this experience that will influence your next steps on your career journey? (c. 250 words)

In writing this reflective essay, you are encouraged to consider your development of the Trinity Graduate Attributes while participating in this work experience and may wish to refer to the Trinity guidelines on Reflection and information on using Trinity's Guided Reflection Tool.

Other requirements

You will be expected to participate in Trinity meetings/events relating to your Bursary experience if required.

Further information

If you have any questions about the Bursary after reading the above material, you can send them by email to employability@tcd.ie and we will reply as soon as possible.

You should also engage with Trinity Careers Service on social media for updates on this bursary and our other activities.

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