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DCU University of Sanctuary Scholarships 2022

For entry in September 2022, Dublin City University (DCU) is offering five postgraduate scholarships to international protection applicants and refugees who are not eligible for state support.

The application process for entry in September 2022 has been extended to 29th of July for the following Faculties only:

  • Faculty of Engineering and Computing
  • Faculty of Science and Health
  • Institute of Education

Click on the link to access the Application form for 2022/2

For the academic year 2022/23, 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. 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
  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 2022 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 in your answers. You can prepare your two 500-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 500 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 500 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 15th of July 2022.


For further information on our scholarship process contact Karina: email

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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 2022/2023. A guide to Further and Higher Education for protection applicants and those with refugee status, subsidiary protection or permission to remain.