UCD Cothrom na Féinne Scholarships 2018-19


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 HEAR students, students who participate in our Future You programme, students with a disability, mature students and members of the Travelling Community. 100 scholarships were awarded in 2017-18.

The Cothrom na Féinne Scholarships are awarded to scholars who demonstrate clear motivation to pursue higher education, despite educational barriers faced, and demonstrate leadership to others experiencing similar barriers to pursue third level education. All incoming first year students from the following groups are eligible to apply: 

  • HEAR students
  • DARE and students with a disability
  • Mature students
  • Members of the travelling community
  • Future You students (click here for further information)

The 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.

Applicants will be assessed based on:

  • Household income
  • Barriers 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

Scholarships are valued at €1500 per annum for the normal duration of the scholar’s programme of study.

The Scholarship scheme will be open for applications in the Summer of 2018; further information and application forms will be available on this webpage.


For further information please contact:

Fiona Sweeney

UCD Access & Lifelong Learning Centre

t: +353 1 716 7539

e: fiona.sweeney@ucd.ie


Scholarship offers may be made on the condition of accepting an offer to study in UCD. Scholarships will be paid in two installments each year at the end of September/early October and at the end of January.

All scholars must attend an awards ceremony in November to formally accept their scholarship.