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1916 Bursary Fund for 2019-2020

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Closing Date for 2019-2020 Applications for 1916 Bursary Fund has been extended to Friday 11 October 2019

Applicant Information
The 1916 Bursary Fund, funded by the Department of Education and Skills, commemorates the centenary of 1916 as part of an overall series of measures to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education. The 1916 Bursary Fund will provide financial support to students identified by higher education institutions as being the most socio-economically disadvantaged from specified target groups, and it will complement existing student supports and access initiatives.

The 1916 Bursary Scheme is open to all applicants who aim to pursue undergraduate higher education in 2019/2020. The University of Limerick will review all applications. However, applicants should have made an under-graduate application for 2019/2020 through the CAO to the University of Limerick, via one of the following admissions pathways, in order to be initially shortlisted for the award of a bursary. Applicants who have made an application to a part-time undergraduate programme or to an online course may also be eligible. Awardees must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years on the date on which a year of study commences.

  1.  Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) OR UL’s Access to University Course
  2.  Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) - priority will go to:
    •  students with a physical/mobility impairment
    •  students are who deaf/hard of hearing
    •  students who are blind or have a visual impairment
  3. Mature Student entry (first-time entrants only)
  4. QQI award entry
  5. 5. Part-time programme entry (see for list of eligible programmes)

Applicants who have made an application may also be from one of the following target sub-groups:

  • Lone parents
  • Member of the Irish Traveller community
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees)


All recipients have to be socio-economically disadvantaged regardless of the target group (see Section C of this form).


The following conditions apply:

  • Each bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum. This applies to both full and part-time students.
  • Bursaries may be approved for study in any discipline offered by the University.
  • Awardees are not entitled to receive the 1916 Bursary in conjunction with any other bursary or scholarship, regardless of the value of such bursary or scholarship.
  • Awardees will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the (SUSI) student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme.
  • The 1916 Bursary will not be included for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme.
  • A bursary will be awarded for the duration of an undergraduate programme, normally four years, subject to continued compliance with the bursary guidelines.

The following is the proposed allocation of the 1916 Bursary Awards for 2019/2020 in the University of Limerick within the target groups. Where insufficient qualifying applications are received in any particular category, bursaries may be re-distributed across other categories at the discretion of the 1916 Bursary Committee:

Entry Pathway

Allocation of Bursaries

Additional allocation – Ethnic Minority



An additional two bursaries will be allocated to students who meet the ‘Traveller' or ‘Ethnic Minority’ criteria across one or more of the entry pathways target groups.



Mature Student Entry

At least 4 of these will to to those who meet the qualifying criteria to be considered lone parents

QQI entry

(i.e. received offer of place in Round ‘0’ on the basis of QQI award points)


Part-Time programme entry


TOTAL allocation: 19 Bursaries

Procedure for assessment of applications:

  1. All applicants will be initially screened for eligibility via entry pathways as above and also for household income threshold level (less than €24,000). Applicants must also not be in receipt or any other Bursary or Scholarship. Applicants who do not meet these initial criteria, or who do not provide the required documentation, will not be shortlisted for further consideration.
  2. Shortlisted applicants in each entry pathway group will subsequently be scored on the following:
    1. Socio-economic group
    2. Area Profile

Applicants will be ranked by score and then by income level. The 1916 Bursaries will be awarded to the top ranked applicants in each entry pathway category.

Personal data that you submit with this application form in connection with the 1916 Bursary Fund will be used to process your application to the bursary and will be treated in accordance with UL’s Data protection policy. For greater detail please see: https://ulsites.ul.ie/corporatesecretary/data-protection.
Full details on the 1916 Bursary Fund are available on https://ulsites.ul.ie/studentaffairs/1916-bursary-fund-2019-2020.


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