Open Learning Scholarship | Spring 2022

We offer a number of Open Learning Scholarship opportunities each year to help support students in need of fee assistance.

Each scholarship will cover the cost of up to six Open Learning modules for the academic year with a maximum of three per trimester. These scholarships are funded by the Department of Education and Science PATH fund and are offered in collaboration with NCAD, IADT, TCD and MIE.

This scholarship is particularly aimed at students who wish to accumulate credits towards a recognised award and who are restricted by socio-economic factors, family responsibilities or health constraints and may, therefore, be excluded from full-time higher education.

Applicants from low-income households are invited, and priority will be given to:

  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (students would demonstrate this by either of the income options below).
  • First-time mature students
  • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are deaf/hard of hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Members of the Irish Traveller Community
  • Lone parents with a means-tested Social Welfare payment
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Refugees and those with leave to remain

Applicants will be assessed based on:

  • Low household income (less than €49,840 a year) and/or receipt of means-tested Social Welfare
  • Challenges faced in accessing higher education
  • Achievements in community, charity or sport
  • Rationale for seeking a scholarship
  • Motivation to study at higher education
  • Career plans
  • Financial need

Applications are now closed- The deadline was 31st January 2022.


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Open Learning Scholarship | Terms & Conditions

  1. This is a scholarship funded through HEA PATH, in partnership with UCD, TCD, IADT, NCAD
    and MIE.
  2. Scholarships cannot be deferred.
  3. Students can apply for up to three modules in Spring 2022
  4. Students can only take modules that are available through the Open Learning programme.
  5. Successful candidates will be required to attend weekly study skills sessions in both
  6. The scholarship will be withdrawn if students face disciplinary proceedings within their
  7. Successful candidates may be asked to take part in feedback sessions and publicity material
    to promote the Open Learning scholarship and programme.
  8. In the event of unforeseen circumstances or illness, the usual extenuating circumstances policy for each institution will apply.
  9. Applicants must have a legal entitlement to remain in Ireland to complete their proposed course of study. The onus rests with the applicant to satisfy the institution in this regard.
  10. Open Learning Scholars will be encouraged to act as role models within their institution and their local community.
  11. Personal and supporting information supplied by you in this application will be used by UCD's Access and Lifelong Learning Centre and the Certificate in Open Learning Assessment Board to assess your application for eligibility.
  12. If successful in receiving a scholarship, data will be kept for the duration of your studies, plus one year.

For further information or details regarding these Terms and Conditions please contact:

  • Sara Pastor-Ortiz, PATH Coordinator |

PATH: Programme for Access to Higher Education

Funded by the HEA's PATH