Did you know that there is a broad range of bursary or scholarship schemes in operation which provide an opportunity for students or potential students to access additional financial support if they meet the criteria?


Schemes are available which are specifically targeted at students with limited means, students with disabilities and students from minority ethnic groups. In the main, bursary or scholarship schemes are focussed on higher rather than further education, however there are a number of exceptions.

Studentfinance.ie has compiled details of schemes currently in operation. The list featured in this section does not contain every scheme available in Ireland. Click the relevant category on the left to access the information.

Financial institutions also play a role in providing finance for college. Click on this category on the left to learn more. In addition the Department of Education and Skills runs a number of scholarships, see here for further information


Awards for Students with a Disability

There are two scholarship schemes exclusively for students with disabilities:

CRC Ciaran Barry Graduate Scholarship.

The Central Remedial Clinic offers an annual scholarship for a student with a disability. The Scholarship is reserved for a student undertaking a postgraduate degree and is open to any academic discipline. The grant covers one academic year of study.

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The NUI Award Scheme for Students with Disabilities

This scheme has provided support for undergraduate students who have serious physical disabilities and who propose to pursue primary degree programmes in the National University of Ireland. This scheme is currently under review and further details of the awards to be offered in 2016 will be made available later this year.

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UVERSITY Scholarships

Uversity’s Scholarships are intended to unlock adult learners’ potential. By providing meaningful, multi-annual financial support, Uversity’s Scholarships aim to remove the financial barriers to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for the first time. Scholarships are not limited to particular subject areas and will enable recipients to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of the participating institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Uversity’s Scholarships will provide financial support to individuals 23 years or older who wish to purse a Bachelor’s degree in any subject in one of the participating institutions.

Uversity Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners

Financial Institutions

Many credit unions offer education loans to members, either for the support of members themselves or for a son or daughter. Whilst a full-time course in higher education is generally the prerequisite for consideration, some credit unions may offer finance to support participation in other types of education and training. Credit union education loans are often offered at a cheaper interest rate than other types of loans.

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Banks often provide personal loans or overdrafts to students at preferential rates. The main banks will have further information on their websites. Always shop around to get the best deal.

Lifelong Learning Programme: Erasmus Plus

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the national agency for the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme: Erasmus+.

Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport covers the period 2014-2020. Aimed at boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems, the seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion – 40% higher than current levels. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500 000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad. Students planning a full Master’s degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund. Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.

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North-South Scholarship Scheme

These bursaries are open to students currently registered at an Irish or Northern Irish university or Dublin Institute of Technology (or who have graduated within the past two years) proposing to take up a place on a Master’s course which would require them to relocate to the other jurisdiction on the island of Ireland. They are also open to currently registered students at an Irish or Northern Irish university or Dublin Institute of Technology (or who have graduated within the past two years) wishing to follow a cross-border Master’s course involving some study in the other jurisdiction. There are eight of these scholarships in total.

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Scholarships- Ethnic Minorities

Studentfinance is not aware of any specific funding programmes in this area.

Subject-based Scholarships

Irish Taxation Institute Third Level Scholarship Programme

This scholarship programme is open to all Leaving Certificate students in the Republic of Ireland who have an interest in a career in taxation. The Irish Taxation Institute sponsors the student through third-level education and afterwards through the AITI taxation programme, qualifying the student to become a professional tax adviser.

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Area-based Scholarships/Grants

Credit Union Member Scholarships/Bursaries

Many Credit Unions in Ireland provide a number of education grants or bursaries in their catchment areas for students studying at all levels of further and higher education.

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Scholarships/Grants (General)

All Ireland Scholarship Scheme
The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme will provide third-level education scholarships to 120 top-performing Leaving Certificate students from disadvantaged backgrounds each year.

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Maynooth University John and Pat Hume Doctoral Awards Scheme 2017-18

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NUI Awards
Full details of all competitions including eligibility criteria and closing dates are available at http://www.nui.ie/awards/default.asp or email: awards@nui.ie. Please note that some awards are offered on a biennial basis.

SIPTU Education and Development Support Scheme

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