1916 Bursary

Academic/course scholarship
1916 Bursary
Number of Places: 7
Monetary Value:  €5000 per year of study
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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 2017 (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.

Eligible Courses

This scholarship relates to all CAO Undergraduate courses

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

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 €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.

Click here to apply for the 1916 Bursary