1916 Bursary Fund



The 1916 Bursary Fund was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills on 30 December 2017. The purpose of this funding is to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education. The 1916 Bursary Fund underlines the Government’s commitment to the type of equality of opportunity envisaged by the 1916 signatories.

All 1916 Bursary recipients must be economically disadvantaged AND from one of the following target groups:

  • socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education
  • first-time mature student entrants
  • students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment
  • Irish Travellers
  • those entering on the basis of a further education award
  • lone parents who have been confirmed by the Department of Social Affairs and Employment Protection as holding a means-tested social welfare payment
  • ethnic minorities

Funding is being provided for the award of 200 bursaries in each of the three academic years commencing 2017/18. Each bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum.

Applications for a 1916 Bursary should be made directly by students to higher education institutions. Further information on the application process will be available from the access office of the institution in which you are currently studying or intend studying in.

2019/20 Implementation Guidelines for the 1916 Bursary Fund

This funding is being provided under strand 2 of PATH (Programme for Access to Higher Education).