TU Dublin 1916 Bursary



Technological University Dublin - 1916 Bursary


  • The 1916 Bursary Fund was first established by the Department of Education and Skills in 2017. The purpose of the 1916 Bursary Fund is to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from groups most under-represented in higher education. Bursaries are awarded through regional clusters of higher education institutions.
  • What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?
    There are three different types of bursaries – Tier 1, 2 and 3.
    Tier 1: €5,000 per year for the normal duration of an undergraduate programme – or up to a maximum of six years for a part-time programme.
    Tier 2: €2,000 per year for the normal duration of an undergraduate programme – or up to a maximum of six years for a part-time programme.
    Tier 1 & Tier 2 bursaries will also be paid if the awardee progresses to postgraduate study.
    Tier 3: Awardees will receive a once-off bursary of €1,500 for the 2021/22 academic year only.

Applications for the 1916 Bursary Fund for the 2021-2022 academic year will open at 17:00 on 22 September 2021.

Further information

Applicants must meet financial, college entry and target group criteria in order to be deemed eligible for consideration for a bursary.

A) Financial Criteria

• Applicants must demonstrate that they would qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant under the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) Grant Scheme
are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection (DSP) long-term means-tested social welfare payment.
B) College Entry Criteria:
• Applicants must be first-time new entrants to higher education for undergraduate study.
• Applicants must also 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.
• Applicants must be pursuing an approved full-time or approved part-time undergraduate course in one of the approved institutions in the regional clusters of HEIs.
C) Target Group Criteria:
Applicants must 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);
• students from ethnic minorities who are lawfully present in the State.

The Bursaries are targeted at applicants who are socio economically disadvantaged (Family income less than €24,000 in 2020)  and who are from one or more of the following socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education: 

  • First time – new entrant Mature Student Applicants
  • Applicants with a Disability, particularly applicants with a physical /mobility impairment or applicants with a sensory disability, applicants who are Deaf / Hard of Hearing, applicants who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers (10% of the bursaries reserved for this group)
  • Entering TU Dublin on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents (20% of the bursaries reserved for this group)
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Currently or previously in the Care of the State / Tusla
  • Socio economic groups underrepresented in Higher Education

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 challenges, making it difficult to access and succeed in higher education.

Your application will be assessed on the basis of information provided on the online application and the supporting documentation uploaded with the application.  Applicants must meet the college entry, financial and target group eligibility criteria set out in the 1916 Bursary Application Information in order to be considered for the bursary.  The following additional indicators of socio-economic disadvantage will also be considered:

  • Attended a DEIS second level school for a minimum of 5 years
  • Is ow was in the Care of the State / TUSLA
  • Is or was previously homeless
  • Is or was previously living in supported accommodation
  • Was previously living in Direct Provision or currently transitioning out of Direct Provision

It is expected that the number of application will exceed the number of bursaries available.  TU Dublin will prioritise those deemed in greatest need; who are socio-economically disadvantaged and can provide evidence of membership of the target group(s); the University will give due regard to ensuring that the benefit of bursaries is maximised.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the significance and impact of the socio-economic disadvantage and barriers experienced.  In accordance with the guidelines 20% of all Tier 1 bursaries must be awarded to lone parents.

  • Applicants who are not first time entrants to higher education who plan to start study in Semester 1 2020.
  • Applicants who have already received a qualification at the same level.
  • Applicants 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 an applicant is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Applicants whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €24,000 gross for the family in 2019.
  • Postgraduate students.

Please refer to the Application Information presentation on eligibility and application details

There is one central online application process for Technological University Dublin.  Applicants must fully and correctly complete the online application and upload relevant supporting documentation as required by 17:00 Friday 22nd October 2021.  You can only apply through the online application.

The application will open at 17:00 on Wednesday 22 September 2021.  Applicants must fully and correctly complete the online application and upload relevant supporting documentation as required by 17:00 on Friday 22 October 2021.  You can only apply through the online application.

Data sharing arrangements are in place between the Access and Civic Engagement services in each of the three TU Dublin campuses.

All 1916 Bursary Fund Technological University Dublin applicants are required to provide supporting documents to make a complete application.  Supporting documents can only be submitted as part of the online application.  Applicants are required to upload complete, legible, and relevant copies of requested supporting documentation in order to fully complete their application.  The online application allows you to upload one document per upload prompt/question. 

You are advised to scan copies of the documents and if necessary use a PDF merger such as https://www.pdfmerge.com/ to collate all necessary documents into one file/document upload. 

Please note all required supporting documentation must be uploaded to the online application by 17:00 15 October 2021.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all the correct and required supporting documents are gathered and uploaded to the online application by this deadline. Under no circumstances can documentation be accepted after the deadline. Note: Screenshot / photos of documents will not be accepted as they are not legible, and they will not be considered for assessment.  Supporting documentation can only be submitted through the online application upload facility.

Category Indicated on the application formDocumentation
One Parent Family [Lone Parent] Proof of your one parent family payment (means tested social welfare payment)/tax credits for 2019
Member of the Irish Traveller community Letter from a Traveller Advocacy Group confirming status i.e. Pavee Point.
In the Care of the State/TUSLA Letter from Social/Aftercare Worker on TUSLA headed paper.
Person with a disability If you are eligible for DARE please include a copy of your eligibility correspondence otherwise please provide supporting documentation to verify disability. See www.accesscollege.ie/dare
Income Threshold below €24,000 in 2019. Complete the Path Income Declaration Form
Means tested Social Welfare Payment (Mature Applicant)

Means tested Social Welfare Payment (Under 23 years Applicant)
Statement of payments from your local social welfare office covering 2019 including your spouse/civil partner/ co-habitant (If applicable)

Statement of payments from your local social welfare office covering 2019 for your parent/guardian.
Residency In order to be eligible, Applicants must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years or have permission to remain in the State, on the date on which a year of study commences. In order to assess this can you forward one of the following:
A letter from SUSI confirming applicant qualifies for maintenance.
If you cannot provide a SUSI letter then we will accept:
1. A letter from your school confirming that you attended 3 of the last 5 years
2. A letter, or letters, from any full-time courses you have attended confirming the date that you were in attendance.
3. A copy of utility bills as outlined by SUSI
4. Legal documentation proving permission to remain in the State

The University reserves the right to obtain updated documentation from you through the term of the bursary and should your financial circumstances change the University reserves the right to withdraw the bursary.

From 2021, a 1916 Bursary awardee who has successfully completed their undergraduate programme and wishes to progress to an approved postgraduate programme will be entitled to apply to have their bursary renewed for postgraduate study.

What is an approved postgraduate programme?

A full-time or part-time postgraduate programme leading to a major higher education and training award at Level 8 (Higher Diploma), Level 9 (Postgraduate Diploma), Level 9 (Masters) or Level 10 (Doctorate) on the National Framework of qualifications (NFA) or equivalent award that

  • Takes not less than one year to complete, and
  • On the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award, leading to an award of Level 8 (Higher Diploma) or above on the NFQ, which is a recognised qualification pursuant to the NF!, and
  • is provided by a higher education institution approved for the PATH 2 1916 Bursary Fund.

The 1916 Bursary is subject to an overall cap of four years for postgraduate studies

What is the value of the Bursary?

The postgraduate bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum for both full-time and part-time students that were awarded a Tier 1 (€5,000 per annum) bursary at undergraduate level.

I wish to pursue a postgraduate programme in the same college where I completed my undergraduate programme, what will I do?

You must formally notify the Access Service of your intention to progress to postgraduate study

I am pursuing a postgraduate programme in a different college to my undergraduate programme, what will I do?

If you are changing institution for postgraduate study you must complete the application

To supplement the bursary transfer application you will need a letter from the Access Service of the college where you completed your undergraduate confirming that you are a 1916 Bursary Awardee and target group information

I have just completed my undergraduate study, but wish to defer postgraduate study, can I defer my bursary?

You may defer postgraduate study for a maximum of one academic year only with the prior written approval of your HEI.  You may defer before you commence or during the programme.  If you have not yet applied for a postgraduate programme you may also defer the bursary for a maximum of one year.

I was a 1916 Bursary awardee but completed my undergraduate programme prior to 2020/21, can I avail of the Bursary for postgraduate study?

Yes, for the 2021/22 academic year, postgraduate bursaries are also open, as an exceptional measure, to previous PATH 2 1916 Bursary recipients (i.e. students who completed their undergraduate studies prior to 2020/21).  Previous 1916 Bursary recipients who have already commenced a course of postgraduate study will also be entitled to receive a bursary for the remainder of their postgraduate studies (subject to the progression requirement and the overall cap of four years)

The 1916 bursaries will be awarded in late November / early December 2021.

There are two grounds under which you may appeal the decision of the 1916 Bursary Panel:

  1. That 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 led to you not being awarded the Bursary. 
  2. That an error by a third party occurred in a supporting document submitted as part of your application and you have documentary evidence of this error.

TU Dublin will have a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application will be assessed fairly and in line with the assessment criteria.

View the full list of 1916 Bursary Frequently Asked Questions.

Please contact TU Dublin via email 1916pathbursary@TUDublin.ie

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