DCU University of Sanctuary

DCU University of Sanctuary

DCU University of Sanctuary Scholarships - application process open

Information session

An information session about the Sanctuary scholarships was held on Wednesday, 17th of June. The information session was recorded for the benefit of those who were not able to attend.

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

Campus-based undergraduate scholarships

Five campus-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.

Scholarship criteria

  • Each scholarship consists of:
    1. Fee waiver for three / four years of UG programme
    2. Monthly Financial Subsidy
  • Applicants must have made an academic application to DCU through the CAO by 1st February or late application deadline of 1st May in the year of entry, The late application deadline option does not apply to Mature Applicants. Mature Applicants are applicants over the age of 23 by 1st January in the year of entry. 
  • Applicants must also complete a separate University of Sanctuary scholarship application form.
  • Applicants under 23 must have or intend to complete the Irish Leaving Certificate or a full FETAC/QQI level 5 qualification.
  • Priority will be given to applicants residing in Direct Provision centres within DCU's catchment area with direct transportation links (unfortunately we cannot accept applications from those in temporary accommodation).
  • Closing date for completion of the current application is Wednesday, 1st July 2020 at 5 pm.

Click HERE for campus-based undergraduate scholarship form


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 2020, 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. Applicants must be resident in Ireland for at least one year.

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

The deadline for submitting an application form is Monday 10th August, 2020

DCU FutureLearn scholarships

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 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 10th August, 2020.

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