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The 1916 Bursary Fund will award a €5,000 bursary per year of study to 12 first year students from DIT, 7 from IT Tallaght, and 6 from ITB. The programme is open for applications from all first year students who meet the following criteria:

All recipients will have to be from under-represented socio-economic groups and must fall in to one or more of the following categories:

• First time, mature student entrants

• Students with a disability

• Irish Travellers

• Further education award holders

• Lone parents

• Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees)

How to Apply

1. Read the full Frequently Asked Questions document to ensure you are eligible

2. Fill out the application form and email your completed form to your Institution (contact details at end of the application form) by Sunday 4 March.

3. Shortlisting – candidates may be invited to an informal meeting to discuss their application, depending on the volume of applications.

If you have any questions please email the contact person for your Institution, listed at the end of the application form.


To dowload an application form click here: Path 2 - 1916 Bursary Fund Final




Who are the 1916 Bursaries targeted at?

The Bursaries are targeted at students who are from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds (this is compulsory). However, the fund will be prioritised for those who are from both a socio economically disadvantaged background and from one or more of the following:


  • 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;
  • Further education award holders;
  • Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees);
  • Students who are or were in the Care of the State.


What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary in the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study.  

The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full time students and six years for part time students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

For example: Mary is a mature student from an area of socio-economic disadvantage and a lone parent. She is in first year engineering and receiving the Back to education allowance and other state support. Mary is eligible for to apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund and if she is successful she will receive €5,000 each year of her 4 year programme (total of €20,000)


Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?

  • Students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education listed above;
  • Student's household / family income must be less than €45,790.  Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage (i.e. membership of one or more of the categories listed below is not enough in itself).
  • Students must be in year 1 of their (undergraduate) programme.
  • Students must be attending a full-time or part-time course undergraduate course that:
    • takes not less than two years to complete;
    • on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
    • Part-time students must be undertaking not less than 40 credits for the 17/18 academic year.

Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary?

  • Students who meet the criteria but are in receipt of any other bursary, scholarship or award of similar description
  • Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for current First Year students only
  • Postgraduate students
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level
  • Students 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 a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €45,790 gross for the family in 2016.
  • Students paying non-EU fees

Can part-time students apply?

Part-time students may apply provided the student is registered on an undergraduate programme of not less than 2 years (undertaking not less than 40 credits for the 17/18 academic year)

How will applications be prioritised?

As it is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available, priority will be given to those applicants who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed, the significance and impact of the socio economic disadvantage and the barriers experienced.

How will the decision be made?

A panel of 3 staff members for DIT, ITT and ITB will be established to review applications. Depending on the number of submissions the applicants may be invited to an informal meeting with Institute staff to discuss their application further.

The decision on the final recipients of the bursaries will be made by panel.

If I receive the 1916 Bursary, will it affect my SUSI Grant?

No. Students will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme. The 1916 Bursary will not be included in the calculation of 'reckonable income' in the student grant scheme.

How will the data in my application, successful or otherwise be shared?

Data sharing arrangements will be in place between the IT Tallaght, IT Blanchardstown and DIT subject to data protection considerations.

What is the Application Deadline?

Closing Date for Applications will be Sunday 4th March at midnight.

How do I make an Application?

Applicants can collect forms from their local contact point – see details at end of application form. Completed application forms should be returned to the local contact point, in hard copy or by email, by the deadline of Sunday 4th March (please note local offices will not be open on Sunday so you should submit paper forms before then). If your application is successful, you will need to provide proof as per the supporting documentation.

What is expected of me if I am awarded a 1916 Bursary? 

You would be expected to keep within the rules and regulations of your institution.

You would be expected to agree to any assessment set out by your institution for your course.
You would be expected to agree to the department managing the 1916 Bursary confirming that you have passed each year of your course.
You may be asked to attend or be part of events organised by the institution to increase awareness of the 1916 Bursary.

You will be required to provide feedback on the 1916 Bursary.

You will be invited to take up a mentoring role in relation to the bursary, which we would encourage you to accept, but this is not a requirement.