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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here you will find answers to few most common questions about scholarships.

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Prospective Student Queries

Q. Where can I find information about the available scholarships?

To find out about the different types of scholarships available, how to apply, and who to contact for further information please visit the following webpage and select your country. 

This will present you with all available UCD International scholarships.

If you cannot find the particular scholarship you are interested in applying to, or if we do not advertise country specific scholarships - I am afraid our office cannot assist you further in relation to applying for Major or Full scholarships.

 

Q. When and how will I be able to apply for a scholarship advertised on this webpage?

Before making an application for Scholarships please apply online to your chosen programmes at:  www.ucd.ie/international/apply

In order to be eligible to apply for UCD advertised scholarships, applicants must have ‘Offer’, ‘Conditional Offer’, ‘Accept’ or ‘Conditional Accept’ status associated with their application.

Please see attached a guide on how to apply online for your scholarship. Pleases note that some programmes are excluded from these scholarship awards. Terms and conditions can be found on our website.

Instructions to apply for a UCD Global Excellence Scholarship

 

Q. How do I apply for partial scholarships?

As well as the larger scholarships advertised on this webpage, applicants are considered for many partial scholarships.

Applicants with the following statuses (‘Offer’, ‘Conditional Offer’, ‘Accept’ or ‘Conditional Accept’ status) on their application are automatically considered for partial scholarships by our admissions and scholarship committee.  

Decisions are made based on your submitted application materials.

Once scholarship awards are issued, students must accept this offer by the specified method within two weeks of the notification being distributed by the committee. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the required actions, a non-response will be considered as declining the offer.

 

Q. Can I apply for admission to the university and a scholarship at the same time?

No, to apply for our International Office scholarships you must already have an offer of a place to study here.

Before making an application for Scholarships please apply online to your chosen programmes at:  www.ucd.ie/international/apply

 

Q. Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

You may apply for more than one scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria for each scholarship.

Please note many of our scholarships are not eligible to be combined with any other tuition scholarships; this will be detailed in the terms and conditions. In the instance that an applicant may have one or more scholarship offer, they will receive the scholarship of greater financial gain.

Additionally some scholarships stipulate they are for self-funding candidates only. Please read the terms and conditions thoroughly.

 

Q. When should I submit my application to study at the University in order to allow enough time to apply for a scholarship?

Any application for admission to study submitted later than three weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

 

Q. What information do I need to apply for a scholarship online?

You may be required to answer questions in relation to your final results or expected results.

Think of any additional questions as an ‘intellectual autobiography’. The statements should convey a clear, thoughtful picture or impression of you as a person who has distinct interests, motivations, accomplishments, aims and ideas. Recommended word limits may apply.


Q. When will I receive an acknowledgement of my scholarship application?

You can review all your applications you have made by logging into our applications system and accessing this information under the ‘UCD Applications’ heading and by clicking on ‘My Applications’. You can save your application information to your computer or print it by using the ‘PDF of Application Form’ button located on the top of your scholarship application.

 

Q. Where can I read the terms and conditions of a scholarship?

Terms and conditions for all available scholarships are stored on the following webpage; you must first select your country to download the respective terms and conditions. 

 

Q. If I change my course of study will it affect my scholarship application?

If you have been awarded a scholarship you should let us know if you change your course so that we can confirm your scholarship status and update our records. To avoid any issues arising, we recommend students research their opportunities and choose a preferred course before applying to a scholarship. 

 

Q. If I defer my offer until the following year, can I keep my scholarship?

A student who defers an initial offer of admission and accompanying scholarship offer will not retain his/her scholarship offer if he/she reapplies at a later date. You will need to make an application again. Our scholarships change year on year, depending on various factors and you should check our website each year.

 

 

Scholarship Application System Queries

Q. What should I do if I realise I have made a mistake on my scholarship application after I have submitted it?

Please note that once submitted, scholarship applications cannot be edited by the applicant.  Please ensure you take the time to check you are satisfied with your application before you submit it.

Our scholarship committee is not able to change your form once you have submitted it and you will not be able to send a second application for the same scholarship.  We can with your permission, delete your application and you can start again.

 

Q. Can I apply for the same scholarship for multiple programs?

You may only apply for the scholarship with your preferred course. Please take time to review course information before applying to ensure you are happy with your decision. 

 

Q. How will I know if I have been successful with my scholarship application?

Please see individual scholarship deadlines. Application deadlines are provided on the scholarship’s terms and conditions located on our website.

After this deadline our scholarship committee will convene at earliest opportunity. Once a decision is made by this committee you should receive electronic notification within two+ weeks of this meeting as to whether you were successful or unsuccessful in your scholarship application. 

 

Q. When will I receive an acknowledgement of my scholarship application?

You can review all your applications you have made by logging into our applications system and accessing this information under the ‘UCD Applications’ heading and by clicking on ‘My Applications’. Your scholarship application status will be updated here after the scholarship committee meets, and any scholarship offer will be communicated to you directly. 

You can save your application information to your computer or print it by using the ‘PDF of Application Form’ button located on the top of your scholarship application.

 

General Scholarship Queries

Q. How many scholarships are available for International Students?

All scholarship and funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures and deadlines. The Scholarships Office will not confirm the exact number of scholarships available to students, if that information is not already advertised on our website.

 

Q. Are there other UCD Scholarships, Scholarship Information and Awards I should familiarize myself with?

As well as the scholarships we advertise on our International webpage, our University offers a number of scholarships and awards. Information is attainable by visiting the following webpages.

Current Postgraduate Academic scholarships (UCD Ad Astra Academy); you will find a listing of annually awarded scholarships, prizes and awards under each College below: http://www.ucd.ie/scholarships/currentstudents/currentpostgraduate/academic/

 

Research Programme Scholarships (UCD Graduate studies); currently available opportunities for research degrees, such as a Masters by Research or PhD, are advertised by our Graduate Studies department on the following website:

http://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/coursefinder/researchprogrammes/scholarships/

UCD Sport Scholarships (Ad Astra Elite Athlete Scholarships & Sports Scholarship Programme); support for talented sportsmen and women in UCD is delivered at two levels, the long established Sports Scholarship programme and the Ad Astra Elite Athlete Scholarship, information is advertised on the following page:

http://www.ucd.ie/sport/scholarships/

Performing Arts Scholarships (Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholars, UCD Choral Scholars & UCD Symphony Orchestra Scholars); UCD is home to some exceptionally talented students who are pursuing an academic degree while striving for excellence in their artistic discipline, information is advertised on the following page:

http://www.ucd.ie/scholarships/prospectivestudents/prospectiveundergraduate/performingarts/

 

Q. On the scholarship applications system I cannot see the advertised scholarship I am hoping to apply to?

In order to be eligible to apply for UCD advertised scholarships, applicants must have ‘Offer’, ‘Conditional Offer’, ‘Accept’ or ‘Conditional Accept’ status associated with their application.

If you have the correct status but still cannot see the advertised scholarship, please read the Terms and Conditions of the scholarship very closely.

If you do not satisfy the requirements of the scholarship the functionality to apply for the scholarship will not be visible to applicants.

 

Q. I cannot find information about the Government of Ireland Scholarships, where can I find this information?

The availability of Government of Ireland scholarships is reviewed annually. If eligible, students will be contacted once this information becomes available.

Please make an application for our Global Excellence scholarship in the meantime. If the scholarship is available and if the applicant is eligible, they will automatically be considered for this award based on your Global Excellence application. 

Current Students Queries

Q. Can I apply for a UCD International scholarship if I am already studying at University College Dublin?

Our office administers admission scholarships, we do not have any scholarships available for current students.

You will only be able to apply for our scholarships if you have a confirmed offer of study to register onto a new degree course in the proceeding academic year.

For awards and scholarships for current students, please see the following sections of our website.

Current Postgraduate Academic scholarships & Awards as advertised by the Ad Astra Academy:

http://www.ucd.ie/scholarships/currentstudents/currentpostgraduate/academic/

Current Postgraduate Research Programme Scholarships advertised by Graduate studies:

http://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/coursefinder/researchprogrammes/scholarships/

UCD Sport Scholarships:

http://www.ucd.ie/sport/scholarships/

UCD Performing Arts Scholarships:

http://www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/performingarts/applications/

 

Q. What do I need to do to maintain my scholarship? 

The terms and conditions will vary depending on the scholarship you are awarded. 

Please note that there are some general conditions that apply to all UCD Global scholarships and UCD Global Excellence scholarships including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Minimum GPA requirements for continuation of scholarship (if applicable);
  • Full time enrolment requirement;
  • The requirement to act as an Ambassador for UCD by participating in student panels, focus groups, blogs and other activities as requested by UCD International;

 

Q. As part of my scholarship I have been requested to act as a Global Ambassador to the University, what does this mean? 

As a scholarship recipient it is expected that you act as an ambassador for UCD, participating in student panels, focus groups, blogs and other activities as requested by UCD International. As you can appreciate, having only recently made the decision to study in Ireland and UCD, sharing student experiences is a really valuable source of information to prospective students considering study in Ireland and in UCD. The International Office will contact all scholarship recipents and set up required activities. 

 

 

Q. I am thinking of leaving the University, what will happen to my scholarship? 

A student who withdraws, cancels or becomes inactive, enrols less than full-time, is suspended, or dismissed from the University will lose his/her scholarship eligibility.

A student who takes such a status due to medical reasons (or other approved extenuating circumstances) may appeal in writing to Scholarship Committee to have his/her scholarship reinstated.

The appeal must be submitted with supporting documentation, such as a letter from a doctor. In such a case, for there to be a possibility for reinstatement, a student’s leave from the University cannot exceed two consecutive semesters;

 

Q. I have started classes and my scholarship has not yet been reflected on my student account?

Scholarships are usually processed to coincide with payment deadlines. You can review payment deadlines on our payments website. 

If after arriving on campus and commencing your studies the scholarship is still not reflected on your student account, please contact the International Office. You may also need to demonstrate that you accepted your offer and paid the required deposit by the deadline provided as this is usually required to secure your scholarship.