1916 Bursary Fund
Please read the information below carefully as applications will only be accepted and assessed if the relevant supporting documentation is supplied at the time of application.
Late Applications cannot be accepted under any circumstance.
The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently underrepresented in higher education.
The Bursary is being offered to socio-economically disadvantaged undergraduate students commencing third level education in 2018 (i.e. students who entered 'this' academic year), 2018 and 2019 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study.
What higher education institutions will be awarding 1916 Bursaries?
All of the higher education institutions are awarding the Bursaries as regional clusters. The Southern Cluster is made up of five higher education institutions - Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tralee, Institute of Technology Carlow and University College Cork.
Once your application has been deemed eligible for assessment (the assessment of your application will not be solely based on eligible criteria), the emphasis will be on other evidence that you provide to support your application. This evidence will further demonstrate your level of need and allow the assessment team to prioritize applications. Examples of this evidence will include such things as letters from agencies, community groups or school references.
The 1916 Bursary application process is open for applications until January 25th 2019 at 5.15 p.m.
Who are the 1916 Bursaries targeted at?
The Bursaries are targeted at students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the following target groups.
- Socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education;
- First time, mature student entrants;
- Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
- Irish Travellers;
- Further education award holders;
- Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
- Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees), children in the care of the State;
What does “Socio Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary?
This term usually means that you live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage where not many people from that area go on to third level education by tradition or for financial reasons.
- You may have attended a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school.
- You may be a lone parent or have previously been in the Care of the State/Tusla.
- Your family income may mean that you are not able to go to college without financial help.
- You may be from a socio-economic group that is underrepresented in higher education.
- All of these factors, either individually or in combination, mean that you may have significant additional social and financial barriers making it difficult to access and succeed in higher education.
What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?
Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study.
The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full time students and six years for part time students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.
Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?
- Students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the target groups listed above;
- Student’s household / family income must be less than €23,500* Please note that this is a late change to the details for the fund, amended from a household income of €45,790.
- Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage (i.e. membership of one or more of the categories listed below is not enough in itself).
- Students must be in Year 1 of their (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2017/18)
- Students who are repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year
Students must be attending a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that:
(a) takes not less than two years to complete,
(b) on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
There is no restriction on programme of study.
Who cannot apply?
- Postgraduate students
- Students who have already received a qualification at the same level
- Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
- Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €23,500 gross for the family in 2017
- Students in years other than First Year
How will applications be prioritised?
As it is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available, priority will be given to those applicants who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed, the significance and impact of the socio-economic disadvantage and the barriers experienced.
Eligibility for 1916 Bursary and SUSI Grant
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. The 1916 Bursary will be an income disregard for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme.
Eligibility for 1916 Bursary and other Scholarships
Applicants cannot hold the 1916 Bursary and other scholarships.
Data sharing arrangements will be in place between WIT, CIT, ITT and UCC, subject to data protection considerations.
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.
Q. Who can apply for this bursary?
A. This bursary is for First Year Students Only who can demonstrate socio-economic disadvantage and be from at least one of the following equity groups:
- Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education.
- 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 and students who are blind or visually impaired.
- Irish Travellers.
- Entering on the basis of a further education award.
- Lone parents with a DSP means tested Social Welfare payment.
- Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees and persons from other ethnic minority groups lawfully present in the State who meet the definition of student in section 14 of the Student Support Act 2011 and regulation 5 of the Student Support Regulations 2017. S.I. No. 126 of 2017).
- Students need to meet the residency and current immigration status or have leave to remain.
- Students must be entering higher education in 2018. Programmes must be greater than 2 years in duration.
Q. What is the closing date for receipt of applications?
A. Applications must be received no later than Friday 25th January 2019 at 5.15 p.m.
Q. How do I apply?
A. Applicants may apply via the following link in the tab above.
Q. What information will I need to apply?
A. All applicants will be asked to provide personal details and asked to answer questions based on the following and submit a reference from a community organisation.
- Rationale for seeking a scholarship
- Barriers faced in accessing higher education
- Achievements in community, charity, sport and other interests
- Motivation to study at higher education
- Career plans
- Financial Need
- Reference from a community organisation
Q. How will applications be assessed?
A. Applications will be examined by an assessment panel of nominees from all the above institutions and an external nominee
Q. When will my bursary be awarded?
A. Bursaries will paid to successful applicants in March.
Q. Who can I contact with any queries?
A. Please contact your institution directly at the relevant email address: [email protected]
Applications will be accepted until January 25th 2019.
Grounds for making an Appeal
The 1916 Review and Appeals Process (Southern Region Cluster) is designed to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and screening procedures have been applied consistently. This formal review and appeals process is the mechanism through which an unsuccessful application outcome can be re-examined. Applicants can apply to have their applications re-examined if you believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e. that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that led to you not being awarded the Bursary;
The Bursaries were awarded to applicants who provided evidence of membership of more than one of the target groups outlined below, and clearly demonstrated the significance and impact of the socio-economic disadvantage and barriers experienced.
Socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education
Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment.
Lone parents who have been confirmed by DSP as holding a means tested social welfare payment.
Ethnic minorities (for the purposes of PATH 2 include programme refugees and persons from other ethnic minority groups lawfully present in the State who meet the definition of student in section 14 of the Student Support Act 2011 and regulation 5 of the Student Support Regulations 2017. S.I. No. 126 of 2017.)
Student who were/are in the care of TUSLA
Applicants making a Review and Appeal application must note:
- A Review and Appeal application can only be made by completing the Appeals form and submitting it by email no later than 11am on Monday 25th of February. No late appeals will be accepted;
- Any unsolicited correspondence from a third party (e.g. politician, clergy, academic staff) that attempts to canvass on behalf of the applicant will not be taken into account.
- Additional information or documentation will not be taken into consideration.
- Change of circumstances since the application was submitted will not be taken into consideration.
If your application is unsuccessful and you wish to receive further information on appealing please e-mail [email protected] with '1916 Bursary appeal' in the subject line.
Please note the deadline to submit your appeal is 11am on Monday the 25th of February 2019.