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Leinster Pillar I Cluster 1916 Bursary 2021-2022

Applications for the 1916 Bursary Fund 2021-2022 are open until Friday 15 October 2021, 5:00pm. Late applications will not be considered

The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS). The purpose of this bursary is to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from groups most under-represented in higher educations. Bursaries are awarded 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); the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI); and University College Dublin (UCD). There is a central online application process for the Leinster Pillar I Cluster which is administered by UCD on behalf of the other five institutions. That means that there is one application for all six HEIs.

What’s the value of the 1916 Bursary?

The following are the proposed allocation and conditions of the 1916 Bursary Awards for Academic Year 2021/22 in Leinster Pillar I. There are three different types of bursaries available:

  • Tier 1:  €5,000 per year.
  • Tier 2:  €2,000 per year.
  • Tier 3:  Awardees will receive a once-off bursary of €1,500 for the academic year 2021-22 only (number TBC) This applies to both full and part-time students. 

Tier 1 and Tier 2 bursaries will be also payable to students as they progress into postgraduate studies. This means that students already in receipt of the 1916 Bursary who are completing their undergraduate studies in 2020/21 will be entitled to continue to receive a bursary for postgraduate study.

 

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Applicants must be:

  • A new entrant pursuing an undergraduate course for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Eligible for the Special Rate of SUSI grant (Family income of €24,500) and/or
  • In receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection means-tested payment
  • Have been a resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years
  • Be studying an approved full-time or part-time undergraduate course in one of the HEIs from the Leinster Pillar I cluster

And be from one of the under-represented groups at 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  (23 or older on 1 January of their year of entry to higher education)
  • 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 (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees

Information for 1916 Bursary Awardees progressing to Postgraduate study in 2021/22.

For those who are 1916 Bursary awardees and who have successfully completed their undergraduate programme they will be entitled to apply to have their bursary renewed for postgraduate study in 2021/22.

The programme has to be an approved postgraduate programme that takes no less than one year to complete and is provided by a higher education institution part of the Cluster.

I wis to pursue a postgraduate programme in the same college where I completed my undergraduate programme, what will I do?

A 1916 Bursary recipient wishing to progress to postgraduate level will be expected to formally notify the HEI of their intention to progress to postgraduate in order to renew their bursary.

What is the value of the Bursary for 1916 awardees progressing to Postgraduate study?

A postgraduate bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum (Tier 1) and €2,000  per annum (Tier 2) for both full-time and part-time students.

Applications for 2021/2022 are now open.

Click here to see the applicants guide

Where do I send my supporting documentation?

There is a central online application process for the Leinster Pillar I Cluster which is administered by UCD on behalf of the other five institutions. All supporting documentation must be sent to ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie by 15 October 2021, 5 pm. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible.

 

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Application Closing Date 15th October 2021
Conditional Offers Issued Around November

 

Would you like to appeal the outcome decision?

The Leinster Pillar I Cluster is committed to ensuring all applications are assessed fairly, accurately and according to the published guidelines. 

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. The information submitted in the online application and the supporting documentation received will be used in consideration of the appeal. It will not be possible to submit further documentation at the appeal stage. The closing date for appeals will be announced after the 15 October 2021.

What is this bursary?

The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of  Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) through the Leinster Pillar I 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); the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD).

What does a central online application process mean? 

All the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that are part of the Leinster Pillar I cluster have jointly developed a pilot common application system for the 1916 Bursary, for 2021/22. That means that all the Bursary applications for the above HEIs will be administered by UCD. The Bursary will be awarded by the HEI you applied.

How many Bursaries will be awarded in the Leinster Pillar I cluster? 

Tier 1 Bursaries (€5,000 per year): 43

Tier 2 Bursaries (€2,000 per year): 20

Tier 3 Bursaries: To be Confirmed.

Each HEI will have a number of bursaries (TBC)

If I am successful, for how many years will I be eligible to receive the Bursary?

The 1916 Bursary Fund will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full-time undergraduate students and six years for part-time undergraduate students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

How do I apply?

There is one central application process for Leinster Pillar I cluster Higher Education Institutes (IADT, NCAD, MIE, TCD, RCSI and UCD). To apply for this scholarship, you need to submit an online application form through Microsoft forms.

 If I am awarded the 1916 Bursary Fund, how will I be paid? 

You will be paid by electronic payment to your bank account. 

Can I get the 1916 Bursary and any other Scholarship or Gant? 

No. You can get the 1916 Bursary with your SUSI, social welfare and you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund but not any other grant. 

Who can apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund?

This bursary is for students who can demonstrate that are socio-economic disadvantaged and be from at least one of the following 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, 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 (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • 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 2021. Programmes must be greater than two years in duration and to be complete in one of the Leinster Pillar I cluster Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

I am a postgraduate student who was not awarded the 1916 Bursary Fund previously, can I apply for this Bursary? 

No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open for the first time, new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

I am a continuing student who meets the criteria for the 1916 Bursary Fund can I apply? 

No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open for the first time, new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Will the 1916 Bursary Fund affect my SUSI Grant? 

No, students will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme.

Will the 1916 Bursary Fund affect my Social Welfare payment? 

No. The 1916 Bursary Fund does not affect your means-tested or other payments from the Department of Social Protection. 

I applied, but I was not eligible for the Bursary. Are there any other financial supports available? 

Yes. Each institution has funds to support students experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Access Service of the college you applied to find out about financial supports available. Click here to find information about some of the various support schemes available for registered UCD Students.

How will applications be assessed?

Your application will be assessed based on the information provided on the application form and the provided supporting documentation. 

When will I be told the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be informed of the outcome six to seven weeks after the online application closing date. 

When will my bursary be awarded?

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 your chosen HEI and achieve the required academic standard to maintain your place. In the event that you are no longer undertaking a course in one of the above HEIs, our bursary will be withdrawn.
  • That you confirm your socio-economic eligibility by providing either:
    • Consent for UCD to verify with SUSI that you are in receipt of the Special Rate OR 
    • Written confirmation of a current means-tested payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
    • Leinster Pillar 1  reserves the right to obtain updated documentation from you through the term of the bursary and should your financial circumstances change the Leinster Pillar 1 reserves the right to withdraw the bursary.

When will the bursary be awarded?

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

Who can I contact with any queries?

Please contact us by email at ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie  

The PATH 2 1916  Implementation Guidelines 2021/2022 are available here 

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● 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/RCSI.

● A 1916 Bursary is conditional and subject to the successful student registering in UCD/TCD/IADT/NCAD/MIE/RCSI 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 subject to 1 year and with the written permission of the HEI.

● 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 both the HEI and 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 and results will be tracked by the HEI for HEA reporting requirements.

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