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An eligible applicant will need to receive 6H1s in the first sitting of the leaving certificate and complete an online application. They will also have to upload a photo of their results once released to verify this.

If you are getting a subject rechecked you can still apply for the Academic Scholarship. However you must apply before the closing date of 6th September 2021.

The closing date to apply is Monday, 6th September 2021. It is strictly adhered to and no exceptions are allowed. 


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.

Unsure if you have a UCD unique ID? To access the applications section, you would have had to either log in or created a profile. Search your email account (incl spam) for the address '' to find your username details.

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.

Each year, the academy awards up to 18 scholarships across the University for Stage 2 students based on a combination of their overall Stage 1 results and an application process.

The individiual programme areas will advise the Academy of their top performing students who have a minimum GPA of 3.68. These students/nominee's will then be invited to apply to the Academic Programme. 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. It is your programme area that nominates students who are eligble to apply.

No. The Academic scholarship is only available for people who have no prior degree.

No. The terms and conditions of the Academy stipulate that the Academic Scholarship is only available to students completing an undergraduate programme.

For different reasons, a student may wish to take a leave of absence during their studies. If their programme office supports this, then the Academy will also support this option and the student can rejoin the Academy after their leave, provided they have reached the required criteria to remain.

Unfortunately not. The year that you are offered a place, you must accept it to become part of the Academy. If you do decide to defer for the year, you can reapply the following year to the Academy.

The GPA requirements are set to ensure students strive to aspire, achieve and excel. If a student is feeling concerned about their GPA during the year, we would encourage them to contact their Programme Office, Academic Mentor and ourselves to see if supports can be put in place.

We are looking for students who achieve outside the classroom, so include any documentation that would support this. Remember this is our chance to get to see your personality! For ideas and examples, check out our Applications page to see what some our scholars have included in their application. The different areas you might like to focus on include: Achievement in national competition in areas such as Science, Maths, Politics, Economics, Debating; International Achievement; Evidence of active citizenship or volunteering; Evidence of innovation or entrepreneurship; Evidence of leadership in a school, club or sporting context and achievement in cultural, musical or artistic pursuits.

There is no average length of an application! However we would remind you to read the questions carefully and to really consider what you would like your response to say about you before answering.

Absolutely. As soon as you have a concern, call into your programme office, contact your academic mentor and / or call into us.

For those who join in stage one, you will get the opportunity to be put into multi-disciplinary groups with other scholars in the same stage to focus on a project! For those joining in stage two, you will have the option of undertaking our elective module Ad Astra Professional & Personal Development.

A huge aspect of the Academy is getting involved! We offer a number of benefits such as academic mentors; team building events; seminars etc. By getting involved in the Ad As Astra Community, you will get the most out of the Scholarship!

There are currently up to 16 Ad Astra Academic Scholarships awarded to students entering the Academy each year.