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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 must be socio-economically disadvantaged and must fall into one or more of the following categories:

1. First Time Mature Student Entrants

2. Students with a Disability

3. Irish Travellers

4. Applying to  3rd Level based on QQI Level 5/6 Award

5. One Parent Family– Lone Parent [Looking after a child as a single Parent/Guardian]

6. Ethnic Minorities (including programme refugees)

7. Care of the State [TUSLA]

8. Socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education (Non-
manual, Semi/unskilled workers)



How to Apply

1. Read this full Frequently Asked Questions document to ensure you are eligible to apply. Then read through the Guidelines on Completing you Application in advance of filling out the application form. It may take some time to collect the required documentation so you are advised to start your application as early as possible.

2. Fill out the application form and return your completed form to your Institution (contact details at end of the application form) by Friday October 12th 2018, together with all required supporting documentation (see Appendix A)

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


To download an application form click here: 1916 Application form 1819



To download guidelines on how to complete the application successfully click here : 1916 Guidelines 201819




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 who are deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
  • Irish Travellers;
  • Enter college on the basis of a Further education award;
  • 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.
  • Socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education (Non-
    manual, Semi/unskilled workers)
In order to be eligible Students must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years 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 

The following are some examples given by HEAR (higher education access route) of Socio Economic Group (SEG) categories:

SEG Categories

Eligible SEG Groups Examples

Non manual workers

Cooks, Bar staff, Office Administrators, Civil Service Clerical Officers, Receptionists.

Semi-skilled manual workers

Security Guards, Hotel Porters, Caretakers, Care Assistants, Carers.

Unskilled manual workers

Cleaners, Labourers, Refuse Collectors, General Operatives.

Agricultural Workers

Farm machinery drivers, Farm workers, Forestry workers.

State Labour Intervention Scheme

Community Employment (CE) participants, FAS Scheme workers, TUS scheme workers.

Never worked, Housewife, Permanently Ill.


Applicants in the Care of the State


Ineligible SEG groups Examples

Employers and Manager

Office Managers, Company Directors, IT Managers, Business Owners or Farmers with paid employees

Higher Professionals

Engineers (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical etc.),

Lower Professionals

Nurses, Teachers, Financial Consultants, Physiotherapists, IT Technicians.

Manual Skilled

Plumbers, Plasterers, Butchers, Mechanics, Electricians, Bus Drivers.

Own Account workers

Self-employed workers, for example: Taxi Rivers, Business owners, Shop owners.




Please note that these are only examples and neither list is complete. 


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 programme 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 annually 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 €23,500.  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 30 credits for the 18/19 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. Note: students in receipt of a SUSI grant can apply.
  • 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 at which they are currently studying.
  • 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 €23,500 gross for the family in 2017.
  • 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 30 credits for the 18/19 academic year)

How will applications be prioritised?

As it is expected that the number of applicants who meet the eligibility criteria 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. Please see Appendix B for details of the assessment criteria and scoring system.


How will the decision be made?

A panel of staff members for DIT, ITT and ITB will be established to review applications.

The decision on the final recipients of the bursaries will be made by the panel and decisions will be reviewed by an external reviewer.

Can I appeal the decision of the panel?

Unsuccessful applicants may appeal the decision of the panel on one or more of the following grounds:

1)    You believe an administrative error was made in the assessment of your application – e.g. one or more documents you submitted were not taken into account during the assessment process.

2)    You believe that there was a third party error in the content of your documentation - e.g. P21, Social Welfare Statement, etc.

3)    You believe that the published assessment criteria and/or scoring system was not applied or terms and conditions were not adhered to.

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?

For the purposes of processing the application and administering the bursary payments, your personal data will be available to the appropriate staff processing the payments which maybe a staff member of DIT, IT Tallaght, IT Blanchardstown, Technological University, Dublin and our appointed external reviewer. All collected data will be subject to appropriate data protection considerations, in keeping with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).


What is the Application Deadline?

Closing Date for Applications will be Friday October 2018 12 at 5pm Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

All required documentation must be submitted with your application by the closing date. Late documentation cannot be accepted.

How do I make an Application?

Application forms and the Guidelines for Completing the Application Form can be downloaded online at this page. Completed application forms and supporting documentation should be returned to the DIT Access Service, Rathdown House, Lower Grangegorman Road, Dublin 7 by the deadline of Friday October 12.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Bursary?

You can contact us by email at Alternatively you can call Tara Lee Brennan in the Access Service at 01 402 7628

  • 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 written confirmation annually 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.


Appendix A: List of typical supporting documents required


Category Indicated on the
application form


One Parent Family [Lone Parent]

Proof of your one parent family payment (means tested social welfare payment)/tax credits for 2017

Member of the Irish
Travelling 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

Ethnic Minority

A copy of your passport or GNIB card.

Mature Applicant

A photo identification stating your date of birth for proof of age. (Must be over  23 years of age on the first of January 2018 )

Under-Represented Socio-economic group

if  you are an under 23 applicant please complete page 6.

If you are a mature student please complete page 7.

Income Threshold below 23,500 Euro in 2017.

P21 for 2017 for both parents/guardian if under 23.

Your own P21 and your spouse/civil partner/
co-habitant (If applicable) if you are a mature student.

Susi letter confirming in receipt of Special Rate of maintenance grant in 2018/19.

Statement from your local social welfare office, including (see below).

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 2017 including your spouse/civil partner/ co-habitant (If applicable)

Statement of payments from your local social welfare office covering 2017 for your parent/guardian.

A valid medical/GP visit card for you or your parent/guardian in 2017

A copy of the valid medical/GP visit card.






Appendix B: Assessment Criteria & Scoring System


Assessment Criteria



15 points (per target group met)

Member of one of the listed 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
  • Further education award holders who entered college through the QQI/FETAC entry route
  • Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries must be targeted at lone parents)
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees)
  • Care of State / TUSLA



10 points per criteria met

Social and Cultural Indicators

  • Medical Card
  • Means-tested Social Welfare Payment
  • Attended a DEIS School (Young Adult only)
  • From an area of designated disadvantage
  • From an under-represented SEG



0 or  4 points awarded per criteria

Personal Statement Assessment

Family circumstances (adverse family circumstances affecting participation in Education)

Skill loss due to Life History (i.e. addiction)

Spent time in a state institution (i.e. Prison)

Early School Leaver

Suffering from an illness that affected their ability to attend school

First person in family to access higher education


Family – be a role model or support family and provide a better future

0, 2 or 4 points awarded per criteria

Personal goal and self- development

Career goal: desire to work in a chosen field, evidence of a career plan

Evidence that the bursary would make a significant impact on the applicants ability to complete college

Evidence of clear, targeted plan for use of bursary: Including purchasing college materials, engaging with wider college experience, travel, childcare, reducing the requirement to work etc

Evidence of ability to address challenges effectively

Evidence of engagement with and commitment to studies

Other information relevant to application