Applications

Dates

Opening Date:

Applications are accepted from 5th February 2018.

Closing Date:

Students must complete the UCD Ad Astra Academy Academic Scholarship application form online no later than 20th August 2018.

Interview Dates:

Interviews will take place after the release of CAO offers and students must be able to attend on the date selected (Wednesday, 29th August 2018).

Notification:

Only students who are shortlisted for interview are notified.

All students who are interviewed will be notified of their outcome before term time commences.

How to apply

Scholarships for school leavers entering UCD in September 2018 will be awarded based on the academic criteria, an online application and an interview.

Stage 1 - Application:

Students must complete the UCD Ad Astra Academy Academic Scholarship application form online no later than 20th August 2018.

The application consists of a personal statement guided by three questions, and a statement of achievement in which applicants are asked to describe their most outstanding extra-curricular achievement(s) to date.

Supporting Documentation is requested for achievements outlined and could include certificates, evidence of official recognition, or letters from coaches, teachers or organisations.

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Problems accessing your online application? When logging in to an existing account, enter the UCD Unique ID that was sent to the email account you registered with (it begins with 'A') in the 'Email Address, ID Number or Connect Username' section, followed by your password.

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Forgotten your password? Click on a link that says 'Retrieve your Password', as shown below and it will ask if you would like the password sent to your email account or you can retrieve it via the security question you made when creating the account.

 

Stage 2 - Shortlisting:

Following release of CAO offers, applications from students who have met the academic criteria and who have submitted a completed application form will be reviewed by a selection panel. Eligible Applications for shortlisting will be scored only on the basis of their application form, weighting of 60% statement of achievement and 40% personal statement. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Interviews will take place in UCD shortly after CAO results are released and candidates must be able to attend on the date selected.

 

Stage 3 – Offers:

Up to 15 successful applicants will receive scholarship offers before the start of the academic year. Successful candidates will be offered a place in the Academy subject to an offer and acceptance of a course in UCD.
 
The decision of the selection panel is final.
 
All scholarships are awarded subject to the general conditions of the Ad Astra scholarships and specific Terms & Conditions for each strand.
 

Eligibility

Prospective Students – School Leavers

Ad Astra Academic Scholarships for September 2016 onwards will be awarded on the basis of the academic criteria of 6 H1's in the first sitting of the Leaving Cert (or A Level equivalent), as well as an online application. Only students who  have completed either the Irish Leaving Certificate or the GCE A levels in Northern Ireland or U.K. are eligible to apply. The application will consist of a personal statement and a statement of achievement ‘beyond the classroom’.  Achievement 'beyond the classroom' could include:

  • Achievement in national competition in areas such as Science, Maths, Politics, Economics, Debating and more. Examples of what our scholars have competed in include: the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition; Irish European Union Science Olympiad; Irish Mathematical Olympiad; Soroptimist International Girls Public Speaking Competition; Irish EU Science Olympiad; becoming an Iveagh Scholar in the Department of Foreign Affairs; debating in the National Model UN competition; attending the Young Scientist Business Bootcamp; winning the Generation Euro Economics Competition; winning the Leinster Gael Linn Irish Debating competition and becoming semi-finalist at the All-Ireland Alliance Française debating competition.
  • International Achievement. Examples of what our academic scholars have participated in include the following: achieved bronze in the International Junior Science Olympiad; represented Ireland at the 64-country 2016 International German Olympiad in Berlin; winnning gold at the Irish EU Science Olympiad; debated in the EU Parliament building in Strasbourg as part of the Euroscola competition; represented the Irish Sailing Association Youth Academy in places such as Youth Europeans in Norway and ISAF Youth Worlds in New Zealand, achieving 4th place; winning bronze in the European Union Science Olympiad; participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad; representing Ireland at the International Session of the European Youth Parliament.
  • Evidence of active citizenship or volunteering. Examples of what our academic scholars have done include: winning Silver or Gold Gaisce Awards; volunteering to go to overseas to places such as Lourdes in France, Zambia and India; awarded The Mayo Young People of the Year Award and raising over €4,000 for The Hope Foundation.
  • Evidence of innovation or entrepreneurship. Our academic scholars have done several different things such as organising Mental Health Week in their schools; setting up the volunteer group ’Students for CRY’, which supported 13 ‘hamlets’ in the Kutch area of Gujarat, India for a year with funds of just under €4,000 - providing over 930 children and their families with food, water, electricity, education, birth registration and healthcare; creating mini companies in transition year with high success rates; entering competitions such as the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and more.
  • Evidence of leadership in a school, club or sporting context. Examples of what our academic scholars have achieved include: Head Girl/Boy; member of the student council team; captain of the junior Irish debating team; captain of school senior football team; captain of school hockey team; captain of the school athletics team; elected to participate in the McKinsey Leadership Academy; elected as Vice Chairperson of Monaghan Youth County Council and more.
  • Achievement in cultural, musical or artistic pursuits. Examples of what our academic scholars have achieved include: becoming a Gaelic games referee; runners-up in the hockey All-Ireland Schoolgirls Cup; been the youngest member of the local club Senior Hurling and Football teams; becoming a qualified sailing instructor; been a member of and touring abroad with the National Youth Orchestra; been a member of the Dublin Minor football team and winning Leinster League Champions; reaching the final of the 200m in the European Youth Olympics; winning county championships with local hurley and football teams; becoming captain of the school's senior football team; achieving Grade 8 piano, violin etc.; nominated as youth sailor of the year; Feis Ceoil winner; runners up in Leinster Schoolgirls Hockey Senior Cup finals; qualifying as a lifeguard; being an active member of Scouting Ireland; being a member of music bands and performing in venues such as The Globe, The InternationalBloom in the Park and winning the opportunity to perform at Longitude Music Festival.

You will be required to provide evidence of the achievements outlined in your application by uploading relevant support documents.

Applications will open on 5th February and close on 20th August 2018. Following the release of the CAO offers, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Interviews will take place shortly after CAO results are released. Successful candidates will be notified shortly after. If a prospective student meets the academic criteria but has not submitted an application they will not be considered for a scholarship. If a candidate is not available to attend an interview on the specified dates, they will be ineligible to qualify.

The scholarship must be taken up in the year of offer. You can request a deferral of your CAO offer via Admissions and reapply for the scholarship the following year.

 

Prospective Students – School Leavers that did not receive the Required Academic Criteria

Student's that did not receive 6 H1s in their leaving certificate but are planning to appeal a subject, can still apply to the Academy as outlined above before the closing date, 20th August 2018.

Following the leaving certificate appeals release date in October, any students who have met the academic criteria and who have submitted a completed application form will be reviewed by a selection panel as described above. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and a reminder that eligible applications for shortlisting will be scored only on the basis of their application form, weighting of 60% statement of achievement and 40% personal statement. 

 

Current Students

Each year up to 17 scholarships are awarded to current undergraduate students across the University based on academic achievement at the end of first year. The scholarships are awarded across all UCD programme areas.

The Academy will liaise with the individual Colleges and Schools and invite the nominated undergraduate students to apply to the academic strand.  Please note, you cannot apply directly to the Academy for an academic scholarship as a current student of UCD. You must receive an invite from the Academy to apply.

Minimum eligibility criteria are listed below and further programme specific criteria may apply.

A minimum stage GPA of 3.68 is required.

The student must have obtained 60 graded ECTS and meet the progression requirements of their programme.

 

Stage 1 - Application:

Successful nominees will be contacted by the Academy on 2nd August 2018 with an invitation to apply directly to the Academy with a series of questions.

The application consists of a personal statement guided by three questions, and a statement of achievement in which applicants are asked to describe their most outstanding extra-curricular achievement(s) to date.

The applications must be received by the Academy via email no later than 20th August 2018.

 

Stage 2 - Shortlisting/Interviews:

Eligible applications for shortlisting will be scored only on the basis of their application form, weighting of 60% statement of achievement and 40% personal statement. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 29th August 2018.

 

Stage 3 – Offers:

Up to 17 successful applicants will receive scholarship offers before the start of the academic year. 
 
The decision of the selection panel is final.
 
All scholarships are awarded subject to the general conditions of the Ad Astra scholarships and specific Terms & Conditions for each strand.