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Information for 1916 Bursary Awardees progressing to Postgraduate study in 2021-2022

 

From 2021, a 1916 Bursary awardee who has successfully completed their undergraduate programme and wishes to progress to an approved postgraduate programme will be entitled to apply to have their bursary renewed for postgraduate study.

 

What is an approved postgraduate programme?

A full-time or part-time postgraduate programme leading to a major higher education and training award at Level 8 (Higher Diploma), Level 9 (Postgraduate Diploma), Level 9 (Masters) or Level 10 (Doctorate) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), or equivalent award that:

takes not less than one year to complete, and

on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher

education and training award, leading to an award of Level 8 (Higher Diploma) or above on the NFQ, which is a recognised qualification pursuant to the NFQ, and

is provided by a higher education institution approved for the PATH 2 1916 Bursary Fund.

The 1916 Bursary is subject to an overall cap of four years for postgraduate studies.

 

What is the value of the Bursary?

The postgraduate bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum for both full-time and part-time students that were awarded a Tier 1 (€5,000 per annum) bursary at undergraduate level.

 

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

You must formally notify the Access Service of your intention to progress to postgraduate study.

 

I am pursuing a postgraduate programme in a different college to my undergraduate programme but it is a South Cluster college (Institute of Technology Carlow, Munster Technological University, University College Cork, Waterford Institute of Technology), what will I do?

If you are changing institution for postgraduate study you must compete the application

Fund Awardee - Postgraduate Progression Transfer Form at the following link:

South Cluster 1916 Bursary Fund Postgraduate Progression Transfer Form

To supplement the bursary transfer application you will need a letter from the Access Service of the college where you completed you undergraduate confirming that you are a 1916 Bursary Awardee and target group information.

 

I was awarded the 1916 Bursary at a college outside the South Cluster; I am now pursuing a postgraduate programme in a South Cluster college, what should I do?

If you are changing institution for postgraduate study you must complete the 1916 Bursary Fund Awardee - Postgraduate Progression Transfer Form at the following link:

South Cluster 1916 Bursary Fund Postgraduate Progression Transfer Form

 You will have to provide an official letter from the Access Service of your undergraduate college that confirms you are a 1916 Bursary Awardee and target group information.

 

I have just completed my undergraduate study, but wish to defer postgraduate study, can I defer my bursary?

You may defer postgraduate study for a maximum of one academic year only with the prior written approval of your HEI. You may defer before you commence or during the programme. If you have not yet applied for a postgraduate programme you may also defer the bursary for a maximum of one year.

 

I was a 1916 Bursary awardee but completed my undergraduate programme prior to 2020-21, can I avail of the Bursary for postgraduate study?

Yes, for the 2021/22 academic year, postgraduate bursaries are also open, as an exceptional measure, to previous PATH 2 1916 Bursary recipients (i.e. students who completed their undergraduate studies prior to 2020/21). Previous 1916 Bursary recipients who have already commenced a course of postgraduate study will also be entitled to receive a bursary for the remainder of their postgraduate studies (subject to the progression requirement and the overall cap of four years).