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1916 Bursary Fund

1916 Bursary Fund

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently under-represented in higher education. 

The Bursary is being offered to undergraduate students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage who are commencing third level education in September 2019 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study.

All of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are awarding the Bursaries as regional clusters. The Midlands East & North Dublin (MEND) cluster is made up of four (HEIs) - Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dublin City University (DCU), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University (MU).  The MEND cluster have a total of 40 bursaries available to award to students applying to these (HEIs). 

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate course of study.

The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full-time students and six years for part-time students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

Late Applications cannot be accepted under any circumstance.

Closed for applications

Who can apply?


The Bursaries are targeted at students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and who are from one or more of the following socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education: 

  • First time, mature student entrants
  • Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students who are deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment
  • Irish Travellers
  • Further education award holders
  • Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents)
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees)
  • People who are or were in the care of the state

What does “Socio-Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary Fund?

This term usually means that you live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage where not many people from that area go on to third level education by tradition or for financial reasons. You may have attended a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school.  You may be a lone parent or have previously been in the Care of the State/Tusla. Your family income may mean that you are not able to go to college without financial help. You may be from a socio-economic group that is underrepresented in higher education.  All of these factors, either individually or in combination, mean that you may have significant additional social and financial barriers making it difficult to access and succeed in higher education.

I want to apply 
Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary? 
  • Students applying to Year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2019/20) or repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.
  • Students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantaged and who are from one or more of the socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education listed above.
  • Students must be experiencing socio-economic disadvantage regardless of the target group.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level of SUSI grant, i.e. reckonable income less than €24,000 in 2018. Applicants must be able to provide evidence that shows they are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Students must be applying for a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that:

(a) takes not less than two years to complete,

And

(b) on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.

  • There is no restriction on programme of study.


Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary? 
  • Students who are not first time entrants to higher education who plan to start study in September 2019
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level
  • Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete, or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • Students whose reckonable income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €24,000 gross for the family in 2018
  • Postgraduate students
  • Students in years other than 1st year


What do I need to do before I start my application form?
  1. You must agree to the data sharing policy in order to proceed with the application        
  2. Locate your 9 digit CAO number                                                                        
  3. Locate your email address                                                                                            
  4. Provide your phone number                                                                             
  5. Find your Eircode. If you do not know it click here 
  6. Prepare your personal statement.           


What should I discuss in my personal statement? 
1. Educational Hopes and Aspirations.

Consider:

  • How the Bursary will help you achieve your goals and ambitions?
  • Why you have chosen your course of study?
  • What barriers have you faced in achieving your goals and ambitions?           
2. Financial Impact.

Consider:
  • Have you/your family experienced severe financial hardship?
  • How will you support yourself and manage financially while in college?
  • How would you spend the Bursary money if your application is successful?
 
3. Personal Circumstances.

Consider:
  • Your personal and/or family circumstances and the barriers that you have faced in continuing your education
  • Your responsibility within your family
  • Do you care for siblings/and or parent(s)?
  • Do you have to work part-time to support your family financially?

Please read the personal statement sections very carefully and take some time with your responses. If there is any information that you feel should be taken into account when your application is considered, you should include it here.

APPLY

I want to submit a reference 

Every 1916 Bursary Fund applicant is obliged to provide a reference by Friday 4th October 2019.

What is the 1916 Bursary Fund?

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills and is being offered to undergraduate students commencing third level education in September 2019 for the first time, who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study. 

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate course of study.

What is a Reference?

Your reference will not be scored separately, however it will form part of/and could strengthen, your personal statement, therefore is an important element of your application.  An application is not complete until we have received your reference form.

Who should complete a reference form for you?

Anyone who knows you from either an Education, Community, or Work setting should complete your reference.

I have been nominated as a referee.  What do I need to do next?

You must have the applicants 9 digit CAO number to complete a reference.

Before you complete the reference form we suggest you consider the following areas relating to the 1916 Bursary Fund applicant:

  • Why do you think this applicant should receive the bursary?
  • Can you comment on the applicants’ motivation and capacity to pursue Higher Education?
  • What barriers has the applicant overcome to continue their education (e.g. personal, financial etc.)?
  • If appropriate, please address the applicant’s academic performance and/or their contribution to school life/the community.
  • How do you think the applicant would benefit from the financial support?
  • Is there any other information that you believe is relevant to this application?

The reference should be approximately 500 words or less and the closing date is 4th October 2019.

How will my reference be used?

This reference will be used to assess eligibility for the 1916 Bursary Fund.

What will I need to complete the reference?

You will need the applicants CAO number, your email address and a contact telephone number.

What is the closing date?

The closing date for reference and application is 4th October 2019.

SUMBIT A REFERENCE

I would like to appeal my assessment outcome 

There are two grounds for appeal:

  1. You believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e. that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that lead to you not being awarded the Bursary. 
  2. You believe “insufficient weight was given to an aspect of your application” i.e. that all your circumstances were not taken into account when your application was being reviewed and something important was not considered about your personal situation.

No new information can be included or considered at appeal stage.

What do I need to complete an appeal form?

Before you complete an appeal, we suggest you speak to a member of staff in your HEI.  They can discuss your outcome and other supports available to you.

  • Your 9 digit CAO number
  • Identify the grounds for your appeal

APPLY FOR AN APPEAL

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