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1916 Bursary Fund for 2018-2019

ATTENTION:       Deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 5 October 2018 at 5pm.  

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The 1916 Bursary Fund
Guidelines 2018/19

The 2018/19 Bursary Fund recipients have been approved and will be notified by email in due course.  Applicants who wish to appeal the decision can do so and the Appeal Form link can be found at the end of this page.  
Appeal Forms must be submitted to room EM-023, Main Building, UL by 5pm on Friday 16 November 2018.

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.

Eligible students must have entered the first year of their undergraduate course in 2018/2019 in the University of Limerick via one of the following pathways:

  1. Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)
  2. Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) - priority will go to:
    • students with a physical/mobility impairment
    • students who are 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. Part-time programme entry (see Appendix 2 for list of eligible programmes)

Students who are eligible through one of these pathways 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

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.
  • Students 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.
  • Students 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 2018/19 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 ‘Member of the Traveller community’ or ‘Ethnic Minority’ criteria across one or more of the entry pathways.



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 €23,500).  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, with the exception of HEAR, will subsequently be scored on the following:
    • Socio-economic group
    • 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:

Full details on the 1916 Bursary Fund are available on  

Bursary Funds FAQ's

Bursary Fund Application Form

UL Appeal Form 2018-2019