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.

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; or
  • ethnic minorities.

Students must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level (the special rate) of SUSI grant and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Affairs and Employment Protection means-tested social welfare payment.

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.

The following is a list of eligible higher education institutions under the 1916 Bursary Fund:

Applications for a 1916 Bursary should be made directly to these higher education institutions. Further information on the application process is available from the website or access office of the institution in which you intend to study.

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