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1916 ‘Leaders and Learners’ Bursary 2021 – 2022

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.

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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

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.