Bursary Fund available for Travellers and Roma in 1st Year UniversityThe 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.

This funding is being provided to underline the Government’s commitment to the type of equality of opportunity envisaged by the 1916 signatories.

What Higher Education Institutions will be awarding 1916 Bursaries?

All of the higher education institutions are awarding the Bursaries as regional clusters. The MEND cluster is made up of four higher education institutions - Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin City University and Maynooth University. The MEND cluster have a total of 40 bursaries available to award to students attending these higher education institutions.

Who are the 1916 Bursaries targeted at?

The Bursaries are targeted at students who are underrepresented in higher education and who are from one of the following target groups that have low participation rates in higher education:

  • Students from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • 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 ​Roma);
  • Students who are or were in the Care of the State

What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary in 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 socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education 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.
  • 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 course undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that: (a) takes not less than two years to complete, And (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.

Bursaries may be approved for study across all disciplines. There will be no restriction on programme of study.

Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary?

  • Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for 'current' First Year students only 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 €45,790 gross for the family in 2016.

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.

If you would like further information on the above, please contact the access officer within the college you attend.

Published: 13 February 2018