Scholarships & Awards


Student excellence and achievement is recognised in UCD through a wide variety of scholarships and awards at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our awards celebrate the diverse talents within our student body.

The University acknowledges excellence in academic affairs, sport and performing arts and recognises the importance of their contribution to college life and to the wider community.

Below is a summary of the main scholarships and awards available.

For further details on scholarships and awards go to:
W: www.ucd.ie/scholarships
E: awardsandscholarships@ucd.ie

Academic Excellence

Ad Astra Academic Scholarships
Eligibility For Current Students: Up to 17 scholarships awarded annually on the basis of Stage 1 results. Available to students from all programme areas.

Benefits: dedicated academic mentor, guaranteed place in on-campus accommodation, scholarship bursary, participation in a programme of workshops & seminars including Universitas 21 events.


University Scholarships

Eligibility: Awarded on the basis of outstanding academic performance within a programme at the end of each year.

Benefits: bursary, recognition certificate, achievement recorded on academic transcript.


Subject Prizes and Awards

Eligibility: Awarded annually on the basis of outstanding academic performance in a specific subject area or module.

Benefits (dependent on type of award): bursary, medal or prize, with achievement recorded on academic transcript.


Sporting Excellence

Ad Astra Elite Athlete Scholarships
Eligibility: Awarded annually, subject to application, to students who are competing at the highest level available in their chosen sport and who have identifiable potential for further improvement.

Benefits: dedicated academic mentor, access to expert training, coaching and discipline-specific facilities, guaranteed place in on-campus accommodation, scholarship bursary.


Sports Scholarships

Eligibility: Awarded annually, subject to application, to students who have the potential to compete at the highest national level, and above, in a particular sport.

Benefits: assessed on an individual basis and may be used to off-set costs such as accommodation, books, fees and travel to competitions.


Performing Arts Excellence

Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholarships
Eligibility: Awarded annually, subject to application, to students excelling in either music or drama performance while pursuing any degree course.

Benefits: dedicated academic mentor, opportunity to work with experienced performance professionals, access to expert training, opportunity to perform in a programme of high quality musical or dramatic productions, guaranteed place in on-campus accommodation, scholarship bursary. UCD Choral Scholarships
Eligibility: Awarded annually, all UCD students are eligible to apply for audition and interview. See www.ucd.ie/choralscholars for details.

Benefits: bursary, opportunity to perform with the UCD Choral scholars in major performances at home and on tour with professional musicians and conductors. UCD Symphony Orchestra Scholarships
Eligibility: Awarded annually, all UCD students are eligible to apply for audition and interview. See www.ucd.ie/orchestra for details.

Benefits: bursary, opportunity to perform with the UCD Symphony Orchestra in major performances at home and on tour with professional musicians and conductors.


President’s Awards

Eligibility: Awarded annually to students based on achievement and performance in a variety of areas such as exceptional contribution to college life, volunteering or achievement against adversity. Staff and students at UCD are invited to nominate candidates for these awards.

Benefits: recognition certificate, invitation to UCD Awards Ceremony, achievement recorded on academic transcript.


Scéim Chónaithe Bord Na Gaeilge

Cáilitheacht: Tiomantas do chur chun cinn gníomhach na teanga léirithe san ollscoil. Roghnaítear an t-iarrthóir rathúil ar bhonn a fhoirm iarratais agus a agallamh.

Buntáistí: mairfidh an t-iarrthóir rathúil in ‘Teach na Gaeilge’ agus aischúiteofar céatadán den chostais chónaithe leis. Beidh sé i gcroí lár saol na Gaeilge san ollscoil. Bronnfar teastas ar ag deireadh na bliana agus beidh an scoláireacht luaite ar an dtras-scríbhinn acadúil.

Terms and conditions apply. The value, number and benefits of scholarships may vary from year to year.