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DCU University of Sanctuary

DCU University of Sanctuary


Information on University of Sanctuary Scholarships for entry 2020 will be available in early January

Dublin City University (DCU) has the following three Scholarship options available to refugees and asylum seekers based in Ireland:

  • Campus-based Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Online DCU Connected Scholarships
  • Online DCU FutureLearn Scholarships

Campus-based undergraduate scholarships
Five DCU-based University of Sanctuary scholarships are currently being made available each year to full-time undergraduate students, one provided by each of the five DCU faculties: the Faculty of Science and Health, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU Institute of Education, DCU Business School and the Faculty of Engineering and Computing.

Each scholarship consists of:

  1. Fee waiver for three / four years of UG programme
  2. Public / Private Transportation allowance – (LEAP or Rail Card or bursary)
  3. Access Scholarship
  4. Meal Plan – 2 tea/coffee and two meals per day

All applicants meeting the eligibility requirements are eligible to apply but priority for places will be given to students under 23 and any remaining places allocated to mature students. 

Please note that you must make an academic application to DCU through the CAO as well as filling out a separate scholarship application form.

Applicants under 23 must have or intend to complete the Irish Leaving Certificate or a full FETAC/QQI level 5 qualification.

Applications are open to candidates resident in any of the following nine Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) accommodation centres within DCU's catchment area with direct transportation links

  • The Towers, The Ninth Lock, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
  • Hatch Hall, 28 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2
  • Watergate House, 11-14 Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8
  • Balseskin, St. Margarets, Finglas, Dublin 11
  • Eyrepowell, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
  • Carroll Village, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • Montague, Emo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
  • Mosney, Mosney, Co.Meath
  • St. Patrick’s, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan
  • Lisanisk House, Dundalk Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

Closing date for completion of the current application is 5pm, July 1st, 2019

Application HERE

The initial five scholars who began began in September 2017 were supported practically through a number of initiatives by Vodafone and eBay, both facilitated by the DCU Educational Trust. There was also significant support from An Garda Síochána, DCU Students’ Union and the DCU branch of the Bank of Ireland.

“I am honoured to have received this gift and I appreciate the value Dublin City University places on helping people who have fled their country to seek for refuge in Ireland.”

Ben F Marc, University of Sanctuary Undergraduate Scholar

Online DCU Connected scholarships
In 2017, DCU announced 10 Scholarships for Irish-based refugees and asylum seekers to support degree-level online study through DCU Connected. in 2018 we extended this initiative with another 5 Scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers taking the total number of scholarships to 15. In 2019, we are pleased to report that we will be offering another 5 new Scholarships for online study.  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 ambitions and professional goals. The Scholarship also provides funding to support Internet access and the purchase of relevant textbooks and related study costs.

For more information and to apply for our DCU Connected Online Scholarships click here

The deadline for submitting an application form is Monday 12th August, 2019

DCU FutureLearn Scholarships
Thursday June 20th is World Refugee Day and to coincide with this important date DCU is pleased to announce the following Scholarships for online study: 10 x DCU-FutureLearn Scholarships

The 10 DCU-FutureLearn Scholarships offer a one-year subscription to an unlimited number of FutureLearn courses through to Certificate of Achievement. The following DCU Connected website has been updated with the relevant information, including a link to application forms:

The joint DCU FutureLearn scholarship initiative will enable refugees and asylum seekers living in Ireland to undertake study from a wide range of courses offered on FutureLearn’s online platform though to certificates of completion.  Announcing the continuation of 10 new scholarshipsMark Lester, Director of Partnerships Development at FutureLearn, 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 10 scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland, who will have an opportunity to access hundreds of flexible learning options."

For more information and to apply for our DCU FutureLearn Scholarships click here

The deadline for submitting an application form is Monday 12th August, 2019

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