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The 1916 Bursary Fund 2021/2022



Applications for the 2021/22 1916 Bursary Fund will open on Monday 30th August and close on Friday 15th October 2021.

You can add your name to our 1916 Bursary Fund mailing list and we will send you an email when further information is available. General information on the Fund is below, however please be advised that some of the application details may change for 2021/22.

Applicant Information

The 1916 Bursary Fund, funded by the Department of Education and Skills under strand 2 of PATH (Programme for Access to Higher Education), 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 provides financial support to students identified by higher education institutions as being the most socio-economically disadvantaged from specified target groups, and it complements existing student supports and access initiatives.


The 1916 Bursary Scheme is open to all eligible applicants who aim to pursue undergraduate higher education in 2021/22. Applicants should have made an undergraduate application for 2021/22 through the CAO to the University of Limerick via one of the admissions pathways below in order to be considered for the award of a bursary.  Applicants who have made an application to an eligible part-time undergraduate programme may also be considered.


Applicants must be in receipt of the special rate of SUSI maintenance grant and/or be in receipt of a DEASP means-tested social welfare payment in order to qualify for consideration and must also 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. Part-time programme entry (see list of eligible programmes on the application form)

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)

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.

Conditional awards of bursaries may be made prior to the awardee’s enrolment in UL. However, a bursary cannot be conditionally awarded to applicants until they have been formally offered a place at UL and also until confirmation has been received that they are in receipt of the special rate of SUSI maintenance grant and/or a means-tested DEASP payment and subject also to meeting other eligibility criteria under the scheme.  Payments of bursaries to successful awardees will not be made until the awardee has formally registered on their course of study in UL.

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