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DCU University of Sanctuary Scholarships 2021

Dublin City University (DCU) has the following three scholarship options available to International Protection applicants and refugees who are not eligible for state support:

Campus-based postgraduate scholarships
Online DCU Connected scholarships
Online DCU FutureLearn scholarships

Application form for 2021/22 

For the academic year 2021/22, DCU will offer five campus-based University of Sanctuary full-time or part-time taught masters postgraduate scholarships, one provided by each of the five DCU faculties: 

  • Faculty of Science and Health
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • DCU Institute of Education 
  • DCU Business School 
  • Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Scholarships are open to:

  • International Protection Applicants
  • Applicants with refugee status or Permission to Remain who are not eligible for state support, i.e. Free Fees Initiative or Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant.

Note: Individuals at deportation order stage are not eligible to apply.

Scholarship eligibility criteria

Applicants must be:

  1. Registered with the Department of Justice.
  2. Resident in Ireland for at least one year.
  3. Accepted on a DCU full-time or part-time taught masters postgraduate course.

Application process

  1. Applicants must be offered a place on a DCU masters programme. Apply online for a postgraduate programme using one of the DCU Student Application Portals. The entry requirements for all programmes can be found on each of the course web pages.
  2. Applicants who meet the criteria for a University of Sanctuary scholarship can request a fee waiver for the course application fee. Contact Karina for further details. Email sanctuary@dcu.ie.
  3. Applicants must make a separate application for a DCU University of Sanctuary scholarship. Complete the online form on the DCU University of Sanctuary web page.
  4. Applications close on 1st July 2021 at 5 pm. Late applications will not be considered.
  5. Shortlisted applicants will be requested to supply official written evidence of their legal status.

Guide to completing the application form

There are six sections to the form. As it is not possible to save the form and return to it at a later date, please prepare the information required before starting to fill it in your answers. You can prepare your two 400-word paragraphs in advance, and copy and paste them into your form.

Section 1: Privacy statement. You must tick 'yes' to the privacy statement before proceeding with the application.

Section 2: Personal details. In this section, you will be asked to provide your personal details, including your PPS number and Eircode.

Section 3: Previous education. To complete this section, you will need details about your undergraduate degree. You will also need details about any additional qualifications you want to use to support your application.

Section 4: Nationality status. In this section, you will be asked for details about your status. You will be asked to provide the date that you lodged your application for international protection and the date you became officially resident in Ireland.

Section 5:  Your postgraduate programme. To complete this section, you will need details about the programme that you would like to study in DCU.

Section 6: Personal statement. There are two parts to this section. In part one, you are required to write 400 words telling us about your past achievements, including any skills and experience that will support your application. In part two, you are required to write 400 words explaining how this scholarship will help you achieve your long-term career or life goals.

Assessment process

  1. Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have a previous postgraduate qualification.
  3. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the assessment process on the 19th July 2021.

 

For further information on our scholarship process contact Karina: email sanctuary@dcu.ie

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In 2017, DCU first announced 10 Scholarships for Irish-based refugees and protection applicants to support degree-level online study through DCU Connected. In 2018, we extended this initiative with another 5 scholarships for refugees and protection applicant taking the total number of scholarships to 15. In 2019, after some scholars completed their programme of study, we continued the programme with another 5 new scholarships for online study through DCU Connected. In 2021, we are delighted to say the scholarships will continue for another year at a time when online study has taken on a new meaning.

The DCU Connected scholarships cover the costs for either a 60 credit online undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study which can be shown to clearly benefit recipients in advancing their personal goals and future career ambitions. The Scholarship also provides funding to support Internet access and the purchase of relevant textbooks and related study costs including travel to the DCU Connected Welcome Day in Dublin. 

 

Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

  • Registered with the Department of Justice (protection applicants, those with refugee status or permission to remain)
  • Not eligible for student support scheme
  • Resident in Ireland for at least one year.
  • Meet DCU English language requirements
  • 23 years old or more.

Note: Individuals at deportation order stage are not eligible to apply.

 

What can you study?

Applicants can apply for a Scholarship for online study to:

  • complete 60 ECTS credit points (or less) for a full qualification (e.g., Certificate in Information Technology; Certificate in Software Systems & Entrepreneurship); or 
  • complete 60 ECTS credit points towards an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification (e.g., Diploma, Degree, Masters).

The DCU Connected website contains the list of online courses and programmes available to select from under this category of University of Sanctuary Scholarships.

 

What is the Application Process?

There are three steps to the application process.

  • The first step involves completing and submitting the online application form 2021. An important part of the application process is establishing your eligibility to apply for the scholarship.
  • Applicants will also be required to provide evidence of their ability to apply for university study and meet DCU's specific English language requirements.
  • Another feature of the application form is your reason for wanting to pursue university-level study and how the Scholarship will contribute to your future career and life aspirations.

Together these are the main elements that make up the selection criteria.

Please note that based on previous experience we anticipate a large number of applications. The deadline for submitting the application form is Monday 9th August, 2021.  

Initially the Selection Panel will review all applications and then short-list the strongest based on clear selection criteria, as outlined above. Short-listed applicants may be requested to provide additional information or participate in an online interview. All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome and receive general feedback on their application. There is no appeals process.

If you are successful in being awarded a DCU Connected Scholarship, then the next step is to select and formally register for your chosen programme of study. Once all the relevant documentation has been processed you are ready to attend the Welcome Day at the end of September for all new DCU Connected students on DCU's Glasnevin Campus, and embark on what we hope will be a transformative and life changing experience.

 

Further Information

If you are thinking about applying to study online we encourage prospective applicants to complete the "Am I Ready for Study?" online quiz and the "Do I Have Enough Time?" calculator. These tools, and others on the same website, may be useful in helping you to reflect on your decision to undertake further study. If you require further information about the DCU Connected University of Sanctuary Scholarships, then please email connected@dcu.ie.

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Applications open at the end of May 2021

DCU is pleased to announce 10 Scholarships for online study through FutureLearn's "Unlimited" plan. The joint DCU - FutureLearn scholarship initiative, with a value of €240:00 for a year of unlimited learning, will enable refugees and protection applicants living in Ireland to undertake study from a wide range of courses offered on FutureLearn’s online platform though to Certificates of Achievement. Announcing the continuation of 10 new scholarships, a FutureLearn spokesperson said, “DCU has long been a champion of online education in Europe. We are delighted to be building upon our partnership with DCU in providing additional scholarships for refugees and protection applicants in Ireland. Successful applicants will have an opportunity to access hundreds of flexible learning options".

 

Who can apply?

Refugees and protection applicants living in the Republic of Ireland. 

 

What can you study?

Applicants can apply for a one-year subscription to study on FutureLearn's "Unlimited"  model which provides access to online short courses available through to Certificate of Achievement. Successful scholarship recipients need to demonstrate that online study through FutureLearn is relevant to their particular interests, life goals and future career aspirations. Importantly, the DCU-FutureLearn Scholarship opens up additional learning resources and experiences beyond those freely available. 

 

What is the Application Process?

There are three steps to the application process:

The first step involves completing and submitting the online application form. Applications will open in late May 2021. An important part of the application process is establishing your eligibility to apply for the scholarship. The second part of the application form asks you to explain and demonstrate how the Scholarship will contribute to your future study, career and life aspirations. These are the main elements of the selection criteria. The deadline for submitting the application form is Monday 9th August, 2021.

The Selection Panel will review all applications and identify the 10 strongest based on clear selection criteria, as outlined above. Other factors that will be taken into account in the final selection process are gender and ethnic diversity along with a range of courses and discipline areas. All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the middle of September, 2019. There is no appeals process.

If you are successful in being awarded a DCU-FutureLearn Scholarship, then we will send your contact details to FutureLearn and shortly afterwards you should be able to select and formally register for relevant online courses. You will have access to these courses for the next year, and beyond if you earn a Certificate of Achievement.

Further Information

If you require further information about the DCU FutureLearn University of Sanctuary Scholarships, then please email DCU Connected - connected@dcu.ie

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In this section, you will find links to useful websites.

Student Support Scheme -  The Student Grant Scheme for people seeking asylum who are in the Protection System or at the Leave To Remain (but not deportation order) stage and who are pursuing an approved Post Leaving Certificate course or an approved Undergraduate course.

College Connect - this website is useful if you are new to higher education and want to learn more about it.

Universities of Sanctuary Ireland (UoSI) is an initiative in Irish universities and colleges to foster a culture of welcome and inclusion for protection applicants and the refugee community.

Irish Refugee Council Education Information Booklet 2021/2022. A guide to Further and Higher Education for protection applicants and those with refugee status, subsidiary protection or permission to remain.