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2018 Call for Applications for Scholarships for U21 Undergraduate Summer Schools

2018 Competition for U21 Scholarships

UCD undergraduate students in Year 2 and above are invited to apply for one of 8 scholarships being offered by UCD to attend a summer school at one of our Universitas 21 partner institutions this summer. UCD is offering scholarships for the following summer schools:


 (2 scholarships available)

Dates: 26 June to 11 July 2018

Based at the University of Nottingham’s award-winning countryside campus just outside Kuala Lumpur, this Summer School Programme offers opportunities for students wishing to undertake short term study abroad while learning about Malaysia’s wonderful and varied culture first hand.

The programme runs from Wednesday to Wednesday, so students will have two full weekends to explore the delights of Malaysia.

Students can choose from the following modules:

  • Politics, Culture and the Media in Southeast Asia
  • Doing Business in Asia
  • Beginning Creative Writing
  • Intensive Mandarin for beginners


The scholarships for the summer school in Malaysia include:

  • A travel bursary of €1,000 towards travel costs
  • All tuition fees
  • Accommodation in a single room with an attached bathroom
  • Some social and cultural excursions, including a day tour of Kuala Lumpur


Eligibility criteria:

Applicants for the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s International Summer School must be:

  • UCD degree-seeking students from any discipline
  • enrolled as full-time undergraduate students in Year 2 and above


How to apply:

The application deadline is Friday, 30 March at 11:59PM. Applicants will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit (GPA)
  • The quality of their motivational statement


Please APPLY HERE for the University of Nottingham Malaysia Summer School.



(6 scholarships available)

Dates: 3 weeks in June/July 2018

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a range of summer programmes in the heart of the city. UvA offers inspiring courses and academically challenging programmes that will introduce you to a new academic discipline or complement your existing studies. The courses draw on interdisciplinary themes in which UvA excels.

Students can choose from a range of programmes. The programmes which are eligible for the UCD scholarship are listed below:


Successful applicants will be offered a travel bursary of €1,750 as a contribution towards travel costs, tuition fees and accommodation for the duration of the summer school. It is estimated that the cost for each participant to travel to and participate in the UvA programmes will range from €1,200 to €2,100. Please see below an estimated breakdown of costs (does not include food or personal expenses):

  • Flights to/from Amsterdam: €200 to €300
  • Discounted tuition fees: €600 to €1,175 (Fees vary according to programme. Note: UvA applies a €500 discount on advertised fees to students from Universitas 21 institutions, including UCD)
  • Accommodation: €400 to €625


Who’s eligible to apply?

Applicants for the University of Amsterdam’s Summer Schools must be:

  • UCD degree-seeking students from any discipline
  • Enrolled as full-time undergraduate students in Year 3 and above


How to apply?

Students are required to apply directly to the University of Amsterdam by the deadline of 30 March 2018. The application fee of €25 will be waived for UCD applicants. Candidates will be selected on the following criteria:

  • The quality of their motivational statement
  • Academic merit (GPA)
  • Their academic reference*


*Students should e-mail the International Office ( no later than Tuesday, 27 March if they have been unable to obtain an academic reference for the purposes of their application.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than Friday, 14 April 2018.

Students may apply to both the University of Nottingham Malaysia Summer School and one of the University of Amsterdam’s Summer Schools, but candidates may only be selected for one of the other.

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UCD Team Wins Second Place in U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge 2017

UCD’s student team has been awarded second place in the Universitas 21 2017 Global Ingenuity Challenge (GIC). Under the guidance of Dr Conor Buggy (U21 Ingenuity Facilitator (IF)), the students’ entry, ‘Roots before Branches’ proposed a novel response to this year’s GIC theme: ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’.

The team consisted of Tadhg O’Keefe (Stage 3, Mathematical Science), Ashutosh Bagla (Stage 4, Food & Agribusiness Management), Sinead Mulroy (Stage 4, Medicine), Samu Bockarie (Stage 3, Architecture) and Rida Mahmood (Stage 2, Human Nutrition). In the space of two weeks, the UCD developed an innovative model to encourage interaction between staff and student communities via activities such as team challenges, cultural programmes, and social activities, participation in which is awarded with digital badges.

They competed against 14 other teams, representing 9 nine U21 partner universities. In addition to developing an innovative response to the GIC theme, each team had to create a 3 minute video to promote their idea. These videos can be viewed here:

The first prize was jointly awarded to teams from the Universities of Amsterdam (‘Unify’) and Nottingham (‘YOCO’), while the team from the University of Birmingham (‘Community Connect’) was awarded third place.

Professor James Conroy (VP Internationalisation, University of Glasgow), Chair of the judging panel, commended the high standard of entries this year: “The Global Ingenuity Challenge continues to attract entries of the highest quality from across our universities. Indeed, judging the best is itself a challenge for the panel as so many of this year’s entries combined wonderful presentational skills and innovative solutions, reflecting the passion to constantly nurture intercultural understanding and engagement. The best entries skilfully combined clever media presentation, clarity of thought and innovative solutions that reached out to communities beyond the university. From apps that enabled work with civic bodies to cleverly organised evening soirees the creativity on display is a reminder of just how talented our students are.”

This year marked the third iteration of the U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge. Since its inception, the challenge has involved a total of forty teams (approximately 200 students). A broad theme is selected each year that allows for an interdisciplinary approach to solutions and analysis, so that it appeals to a wide range of students and disciplines across the network. The challenge is facilitated through Ingenuity Online; a creative problem solving tool developed by the University of Nottingham’s Business School’s Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

The winning team from Amsterdam noted: “The Ingenuity platform is a nice way to structure your thoughts and come up with practical solutions to wide ranging problems.” The winning team from Nottingham were equally enthusiastic about the process: “This was an amazing experience for all of us. We are all from 5 different countries and cultures and we met each other for the first time. We had great team work and the synergy level was always on high level. Starting from idea generating at Ingenuity Online, we had outstanding brainstorming session, with more than 200 ideas.”

U21 Provost Professor Bairbre Redmond, said, “One of the best things about being an academic in one of U21’s universities is the privilege of working with our bright, innovative, and globally aware students. This energy and social concern was clearly evident in every one of 15 videos prepared recently by teams of U21 undergraduate students, from across the network, for the U21 GIC. Working to the competition brief to come up with easily implementable solutions to `Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’, the teams developed approaches which were indeed ingenious and distilled these ideas into short engaging videos. I warmly congratulate the winners and all those who took part - your universities should be very proud of how you all went about tackling a very serious world issue.”

Successful Applicants to the URC 2017

 Left to Right: Stephen Crosby, Sean Canavan, Niamh Buckle and Hannah TwomeyFrom left to right: Stephen Crosby, Sean Canavan, Niamh Buckle and Hannah Twomey

Following a competitive selection process, four UCD students have been selected to participate in this year’s U21 Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by the University of Edinburgh. During the last week of June, the four UCD students will join students from U21 partner universities around the world to present on their own research tied to this year’s conference topic, ‘Future Societies, Global Citizens’.

This year’s representatives are Hannah Twomey (Stage 2, Politics and Philosophy), Sean Canavan (Stage 4, History and Law), Stephen Crosby (Stage 2, Politics and International Relations) and Niamh Buckle (Stage 2, Children’s and General Nursing). Each student has been paired with an academic mentor from their respective schools, who will help them develop their presentations.

When asked why she signed up for the competition, Hannah Twomey said, ‘What I really like about the conference, apart from the trip to Edinburgh, is that there is no single subject that it is based on, that it is people from all sorts of disciplines trying to solve the same issues.’ For Sean Canavan, the URC 2017 represents an excellent chance to hone professional skills before entering the working world.

Niamh Buckle says her passion for international engagement was sparked by the U21 Shared Online Course on Planetary Urbanisation.  As a nursing student, she is interested in the effects on health of air pollution in an increasingly globalised world. Stephen Crosby has also chosen an equally topical subject for his presentation: the effects of Brexit on UK and EU university students.

The UCD participants will each receive a scholarship towards their travel and accommodation for the URC 2017. 

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