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 The Leinster Pillar 1 Cluster of Higher Education Institutions is delighted to invite applications for the

UCD 1916 ‘Leaders and Learners’ Bursary 2020-2021

Funded by the Department of Education and Skills for eligible students in the following Higher Education Institutions – Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT); National College of Art and Design (NCAD); Marino Institute of Education (MIE); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); and University College Dublin (UCD).

The bursary aims to provide support for economically disadvantaged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including: 

  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (i.e. either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or be in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) means-tested social welfare payment)
  • 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
  • Irish Travellers
  • Entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees

In 2020–2021, 8 bursaries of €5,000 per annum for the duration of a student’s undergraduate degree are available at UCD.

Applications are invited from students entering higher education in September 2020, for full or part-time degree programme of greater than two years duration.

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To apply for this scholarship you need to submit an online application form

You must register before using the system for the first time. You'll find step-by-step instructions on how to apply on the UCD Registry webpage.

For information on applying to other Higher Education Institutions, please visit their websites.

Key ActionDate
Application Closing Date TBA
Shortlisted Applicants Notified TBA
Conditional Offers Issued TBA 
Accept Course Offer TBA 

Confirmation of SUSI Special Rate

(submit supporting documents)

September/October

Would you like to appeal the outcome decision?

Appeals can be made by emailing UCD1916bursary@ucd.ie. Appeals will be independently reviewed on the grounds that the information provided was considered, assessed and scored correctly. It will not be possible to submit further documentation at the appeal stage.  The closing date for appeals will be announced soon.

Q. What is this bursary?

A. This Bursary, the ‘1916 Leaders and Learners’ Bursary is funded by the Department of Education and Skills through the Leinster Pillar 1 Cluster of Higher Education Institutions – Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT); National College of Art and Design (NCAD); Marino Institute of Education (MIE); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); and University College Dublin (UCD)

Q. How much is this bursary for?

A. The bursary award is €5,000 per annum for the duration of the awardee’s undergraduate programme, subject to satisfactory progression (see terms and conditions)

Q. Who can apply for this bursary?

A. This bursary is for students who can demonstrate socio-economic disadvantaged

And be from at least one of the following equity groups:

  • Socio-Economic groups that have low participation in higher education. (I.e. either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or be in receipt of DSP means-tested Social Welfare payment)
  • 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 student who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers
  • Entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees

Students need to meet the residency and current immigration status or have leave to remain.

Students must be entering higher education in 2020. Programmes must be greater than two years in duration.

Q. How do I apply?

A. To apply for this scholarship you need to submit an online application form

You must register before using the system for the first time. You'll find step-by-step instructions on how to apply on the UCD Registry webpage

For information on applying to other Higher Education Institutions, please visit their websites.

Q. What information will I need to apply?

A. All applicants will be asked to provide personal details, asked to answer questions based on the following and submit a reference from a community organisation.

  • Challenges
  • Leadership Roles
  • Future Plans
  • Participation in Outreach Activities
  • Reference from a Community Organisation

In order to verify financial need, applicants will be asked to submit an Income Declaration Form, as well as supplementary documentation (see below for further details). Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible.

Socio-Economic Disadvantage

Indicator of Financial Need Documentation Required
Receipt of highest rate of SUSI grant Letter from SUSI confirming eligibility for current academic year OR P21 / Chapter 4 / Notice of Assessment (2019)
Receiving Means-Tested Social Welfare payment Social Welfare Statement 2019

Q. Where do I send my supporting documentation?

A. All supporting documentation must be uploaded on the online form or sent to the relevant email address of the institution by the closing date. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible

Q. What format can I submit my responses to the application sections in?

A. Students can provide their personal statement in ONE of the following formats:

• Written questionnaire on the online application form

• Video (30 seconds long)

• Photo (3 images)

Q. How will applications be assessed?

A. Applications will be assessed based on their personal statement by the 1916 assessment panel, which is made up of nominees from all the above institutions plus one external nominee.

Q. When will my bursary be awarded?

A. Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer. The offer of a bursary is conditional and is subject to the following terms and conditions being met:

  • That you secure a place on a course in UCD and achieve the required academic standard to maintain your place. In the event that you are no longer undertaking a course at UCD your bursary will be withdrawn.
  • That you confirm your socio-economic eligibility by providing either:
    • Written confirmation you are in receipt of the Special Rate of the SUSI grant OR
    • Written confirmation of a current means-tested payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
    • The University reserves the right to obtain updated documentation from you through the term of the bursary and should your financial circumstances change the University reserves the right to withdraw the bursary.

Q. Once I receive my conditional offer what are the next steps?

A. Applicants who receive a conditional offer must confirm their socio-economic eligibility by providing either:

  • Written confirmation you are in receipt of the Special Rate of the SUSI grant OR
  • Written confirmation of a current means-tested payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Q. When will the bursary be awarded?

A. The 1916 bursaries for all the above institutions will be awarded at a ceremony.

Q. Who can I contact with any queries?

A. Please contact your institution directly at the relevant email address:

 

Privacy Statement

● 1916 Bursary conditional offers are subject to the successful applicant receiving a CAO offer in round 0, A or 1 in UCD/TCD/IADT/NCAD/MIE

● A 1916 Bursary is conditional and subject to the successful student registering in UCD/TCD/IADT/NCAD/MIE and confirming they are in receipt of the Special Rate of SUSI or a DEASP means-tested social welfare payment

● All applicants must be first-time new entrants to higher education

● All applicants must have been resident in the State (Republic of Ireland) for at least three of the past five years on the date on which their first year of study commences

● These bursaries are tenable for the normal duration of the primary degree programme undertaken subject to funding being available and to a maximum of four years in respect of a full-time undergraduate provision, and six years in respect of a part-time undergraduate course

● A student can only hold one significant Scholarship/Bursary. In the event of a student qualifying for more than one bursary, the bursary of the greatest value will be awarded

● Awarding of this bursary will not affect entitlement to the Student Grant (SUSI) administered or the Back to Education BTEA.

● Bursary holders may apply to the Student Assistance Fund and/or be covered by supports under the Fund for Students with Disabilities. 

● The bursary can be deferred. Any application for deferral of a bursary must be made when accepting the conditional offer.

● If a student has to repeat a stage the bursary will be suspended for that year and will resume once the student progresses. Academic performance will be monitored and relevant support provided if necessary.

● Students will be expected to fulfil the regulations of their college and to undergo any examinations/ assessment as determined by the authorities of their college for their course.

● The university reserves the right to withdraw the bursary should a student continually fail to complete the academic standards of their programme, or if they face disciplinary proceedings

● The students who are awarded the 1916 bursary are required to pay any fees due to the University. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of the scholarship

● Successful candidates will be required to provide a short annual report extracts of which will be used in publicity materials and reports to the HEA.

● Successful students will be invited to a 1916 Bursaries awards celebration, group photos will be taken at this event and may be used for publicity materials and reports to the HEA.

● The 1916 Scholars will be encouraged to act as community mentors within their HEI and their local community.

● 1916 scholar’s progression & results will be tracked for HEA reporting requirements.

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