1916 Bursary Fund



The 1916 Bursary Fund is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science(DFHERIS). The 1916 Bursary Fund was first announced by the Minister for Education and Skills on 30 December 2017 with the purpose of encouraging participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.

In February 2020 the Department of Education and Skills announced the rollout of the 1916 bursary fund for a further 3 years starting in 2020/21.

1916 Bursary - Eligibility Criteria

Eligible 1916 Bursary applicants must have been resident in the State (Republic of Ireland) for three of the past five years on the date on which their first year of study commences AND be from one or more of the following target groups:

  • students from communities that are socio-economically disadvantaged or that have low levels of participation in higher education;
  • first-time mature students (23 or older on 1 January of their year of entry to higher education);
  • students with a disability (particularly those with a physical or mobility impairment, those who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are blind or have a visual impairment);
  • members of Irish Traveller community;
  • further education and training award holders progressing to higher education;
  • lone parents (confirmed by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) as holding a long-term means-tested social welfare payment) – at least 20% of Tier 1 bursaries will be targeted at lone parents; and
  • students from ethnic minorities who are lawfully present in the State

Applicants 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 Protection (DSP) long-term means-tested social welfare payment.

For more information, contact the Access Office in one of the Eligible Higher Education Institutions below.

Full eligibility criteria are set out in the Guidelines for Academic Year 2021/2022

Guidelines for Academic Year 2021/2022

1916 Bursaries - 2021/2022

Initially, funding was provided for the award of 200 undergraduate bursaries in the amount of €5,000 per annum in each of the three academic years commencing 2017/18.

As part of the implementation of the 1916 Bursary Fund for the 2021/22 academic year, three tiers of bursaries will be available for awarding to students:

  • Tier 1 – €5,000 per annum:
    • More information: Bursaries for the duration of studies awarded to a total of 203 new entrant undergraduate students. Tier 1 bursaries will also be paid as a student progresses into postgraduate study. This means that students already in receipt of a 1916 Bursary and who are completing their undergraduate studies in 2020/21 will be entitled to continue to receive a bursary for postgraduate study.
  • Tier 2 – €2,000 per annum
    • More information: Bursaries for the duration of studies to a total of 120 new entrant undergraduate students who met the criteria for the 1916 Bursary but who did not ultimately qualify on the cluster’s order of merit for a Tier 1 bursary. Tier 2 bursaries will also be paid as a student progresses into postgraduate study which means that a recipient starting their undergraduate course in 2021/22 will later be entitled to continue to receive a bursary for postgraduate study.
  • Tier 3 – Once-off bursary of €1,500 payable for the 2021/22 academic year only
    • More information: This once-off bursary will be awarded to students who met the criteria for the 1916 Bursary but who did not ultimately qualify on the cluster’s order of merit for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 bursary. The provision of this once-off bursary is in recognition of the exceptional circumstances that incoming students will experience when starting college in 2021/22 and the impact of Covid-19 on family incomes of students from target groups.

For more information, contact the Access Office in one of the Eligible Higher Education Institutions below.

1916 Bursary - Eligible Higher Education Institutions

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).

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