UCD Cothrom na Féinne Scholarships 2020-21
Undergraduate Students

UCD recognises that the associated costs of attending third-level may present a barrier for some applicants in pursuing a degree. UCD Access and Lifelong Learning, with generous support from UCD Foundation, offers a range of scholarships for students who are underrepresented at UCD. 

The Cothrom na Féinne Scholarships are awarded to scholars who demonstrate clear motivation to pursue higher education despite educational challenges faced and demonstrate leadership to others experiencing similar challenges to pursue third-level education. Applicants from low-income households are invited, and priority will be given to:

  • HEAR students
  • DARE students
  • Students with a disability
  • First-time mature students
  • Members of the Travelling community
  • Further education award holders
  • Lone parents who are in receipt of a means-tested social welfare payment
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Refugees, those with leave to remain, and Asylum Seekers
  • Students who have successfully completed a UCD Access Programme

Applicants will be assessed based on:

  • Low household income (less than €49,840 a year)
  • Challenges faced in accessing higher education
  • Achievements in community, charity, sport and other interests
  • Rationale for seeking a scholarship
  • Motivation to study at higher education
  • Career plans
  • Financial Need

Scholarship offers may be made on the condition of accepting an offer to study in UCD. All scholars must attend an awards ceremony in November to formally accept their scholarship. The Cothrom na Féinne Scholarship cannot be awarded to students who receive any other Scholarship or bursary, for example but not limited to, the George Moore or the Third Level Bursary Scheme. If you are in receipt of another Scholarship or bursary you will be offered the scholarship of the greatest value

Undergraduate Students: How to Apply 

View recording of the UCD ALL Team and UCD Foundation discussing how best to complete a scholarship application for the UCD Cothrom na Féinne Undergraduate Scholarship and the 1916 Bursary. Information provided about application and documentation requirements.  

View slides from Applying to UCD Scholarships with ALL Webinar 

The undergraduate Scholarships are open to new entrants to UCD (first years) who have accepted an offer to study in UCD. Applicants must be entering a full-time undergraduate programme of study.

Scholarships are valued at €1,500 per annum for the normal duration of the scholar’s programme of study. Scholarships will be paid in two installments each year at the end of September/early October and at the end of January. The scholarship package also includes:

  • Dedicated Welcome Programme
  • Programme of academic workshops and seminars
  • Dedicated personal support offered by a team of experts
  • The support of a peer mentoring network
  • Leadership training programmes, networking and development opportunities.

To apply you will need to:

  1. Review our video guide on applying for our scholarships and writing a strong application.  
  2. Complete an online application - Applications for 2020/2021 have now closed
  3. Complete and submit an Income Declaration Form, as well as the required supporting documentation outlined below
Indictator of Financial Need Required Document
In receipt of SUSI Letter from SUSI confirming eligibility for current academic year
Entered UCD via HEAR pathway Letter/Email confirming HEAR eligibility
Other students

If you do not have a letter from SUSI or HEAR confirming your eligibility you must submit financial documentation for 2019 (full year). 

Appropriate documents are 

  • P21/Statement of Liability for 2019 or Chapter 4 Notice of Assessment for 2019 and/or
  • Statement from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection noting payments for 2019

Applications for 2020/2021 are now closed.

For further information please contact us:

  • 01 716 7123
  • all@ucd.ie

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