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Trinity Employability Bursary

The Trinity Employability Bursary supports full-time undergraduate students who are looking for career-related work experience (e.g. internship, job shadowing) but are finding it financially difficult to take up an opportunity they have secured. This could be an unpaid or a low paid role or where there are additional costs associated with taking up the opportunity. The work experience you undertake must help you to develop your employability skills and prepare you for your future career.

The work experience 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.

If circumstances prevent you taking up your work experience as planned, you must notify the Careers Service immediately at

Who is eligible to apply for a Bursary?

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 receive a maximum Bursary of €350 (or €700 for those in exceptional circumstances). You can apply for multiple amounts up to this limit.

The Bursary scheme runs until the current allocated funding has been exhausted. There is no guarantee that an application will be successful or will receive the full amount requested.

What is covered under the Bursary?

This Bursary can only be used to cover related travel, accommodation, 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

You will be asked to include:

1. A copy of your CV

2. 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

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

All applications will be considered on an individual basis by a Bursary Review Committee based on the information provided in the application form. Applications will be considered on a monthly basis until all the funding has been allocated.

Awarding criteria

Bursaries will be awarded on a competitive, first come first served basis, 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 Review Committee will be looking for evidence that the work experience:

1. Complies with the conditions for Work Experience as outlined above;
2. Contributes to your personal development;


3. Supports development of your employability skills;


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 as set out in your Bursary award, e.g. an email/letter from the company.
  • 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.


You will be required to provide a short reflective essay on your work experience and its impact on supporting, influencing or making a difference to your career choices and decisions. You will also 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 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.