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Waterford Institute of Technology 
Institute of Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme  
Academic Year 2021/2022

Full Terms and Conditions

Waterford Institute of Technology supports the Institute of Sanctuary initiative which aims to welcome refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into our college community, and to fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary. 

WIT has a track record of ‘giving back’ and offering scholarships to international and overseas students from areas of the world which require emergency assistance or face development challenges. WIT is an active participant in many international and government scholarship schemes. WIT is an education focused, collaborative, inclusive, and innovative community. WIT aims to be in the top 100 young universities in the world by 2030.  

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  1. The WIT Institute of Sanctuary scholarship programme is funded by WIT and aims to support excellent students who wish to access WIT’s programmes of study.
  2. These scholarships are open to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants living at Direct Provision Centres in the South East of Ireland (Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford) or who are separated/unaccompanied minors who are in the care of the Child and Family Agency/HSE and resident in Direct Provision Centres in the South East of Ireland.  
  3. In order to be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must:
  • Have applied through the standard application routes for entry to WIT:
  • For new entrants to undergraduate programmes, must have applied for entry through the Central Applications Office (CAO) before the normal closing date of application (see http://www.cao.ie), and must have selected a WIT programme as their CAO preference by the CAO change of mind date;
  • For continuing students, must be in good standing on their current academic programme and eligible for progression to the next year;
  • For new entrants to postgraduate programmes, must have applied for entry through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) before the normal closing date for application (see http://www.pac.ie), and must have selected a WIT programme on their PAC application;
  • Must meet the entry requirements of the programme applied for including specific programme entry requirements as outlined in WIT’s prospectus, which is also detailed online at http://www.wit.ie;
  • Must satisfy the English language requirements of their chosen programme;
  • Must provide evidence of status (e.g. a copy of the letter issued from the Department of Justice and Equality confirming details of permission to reside in Ireland or an Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services card) ;
  • Must provide evidence of an address in the South East;
  • Provide evidence of academic achievement to date along with a supporting reference. 
  1. Only completed applications received before the scholarship closing date will be considered.
  2. Successful candidates will be selected solely on the basis of academic merit.
  3. Scholarships will cover tuition fee payments for one year only. The issued scholarship will be deducted from the Institute fee account. In order to maintain a scholarship, applicants will need to reapply in the following year. These scholarships do not cover costs associated with repeating the programme, or costs associated with carrying out repeat examinations or assessments. In the event that the recipient becomes eligible for a grant to support higher education studies, and is successful in their grant application the scholarship will cease.
  4. Enrolment on this WIT academic programme is without prejudice to an application for International Protection (asylum) and cannot be used as a basis for seeking to stay in the country in cases where the Protection Application is refused.

Step 1

For Year 1 Students: You must apply for a WIT course through the CAO at http://www.cao.ie by 1st February 2021.

For Continuing Students: You must be eligible to progress to the next year of your WIT course.

For Postgraduate Students, you must apply for a WIT course through PAC https://pacapply.com/ by 30th June 2021.

 

Step 2

Apply for the WIT Institute of Sanctuary Scholarship by 14th August 2021.

Complete the application in full and email evidence of your status to [email protected]

Please also include the name and email address of a referee as they will be contacted to provide a reference to support your application.

 

Step 3

All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email (to the email address provided on the application form) by 1 September 2021.

 

Incomplete applications will not be considered