Applications for the 1916 Bursary Fund are open
and will close on 22 October 2021 at 5pm

 

 

 

The 1916 Bursary Fund is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS). The purpose of this bursary 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. 

The Maynooth University 1916 Bursary Fund Application Guide for Students contains an outline of the 1916 Bursary Fund at Maynooth University and the steps required to apply. 

 

You are invited to attend this upcoming information session about the 1916 Bursary and to hear about other important supports available to you. 

1916 Bursary - Application Form Information Session Oct 19, 2021 05:00 PM

 

Watch this recorded session where Declan Markey of Maynooth University Access Programme takes you through the 1916 Bursary application process step-by-step:

 

Detailed criteria are provided below. In summary:

  • Students entering year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in the academic year (2021/22), full or part-time, with a household reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2020, who are in the identified target groups, who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and experiencing significant financial hardship, can apply for the Bursary. Find out more about the undergraduate 1916 Bursary Fund
  • Students already in receipt of the 1916 Bursary who are completing their undergraduate studies in 2020/21 will be entitled to continue to receive a bursary for postgraduate study. Students who were recipients of the 1916 Bursary who graduated prior to 2020/21 may also be eligible. Find out more about the postgraduate 1916 Bursary Fund

 

The Undergraduate 1916 Bursary Fund 2021-2022

 

What is the 1916 Bursary?

The 1916 Bursary is open to new entrant undergraduate students and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study, including their postgraduate study.

A new entrant is a student pursuing an undergraduate course for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year i.e., entering Year 1 or repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.

 

Who administers the 1916 Bursary Fund process?

All the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are awarding the Bursaries as regional clusters. The MEND cluster, which includes Maynooth University (MU), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dublin City University (DCU), and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), has a total of 40 bursaries available to award to students applying to the above HEIs.

There is a central online application process for the MEND Cluster which is administered by DCU on behalf of the four institutions. That means that there is one application form for all four HEIs.

 

What is the value of the 1916 Bursary?

There are three different types of bursaries in 2021/22 – Tier 1, 2 and 3.

Tier 1 Bursaries: Awardees will receive €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. The bursary will also be paid as the awardee progresses to postgraduate study.

Tier 2 Bursaries: Awardees will receive €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. The bursary will also be paid as the awardee progresses to postgraduate study.

Tier 3 Bursaries: Awardees will receive a once-off bursary of €1,500 for the 2021/22 academic year only - for the first year of their undergraduate course. 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.

Tier 1 and Tier 2 bursaries will be paid each year for the normal duration of an undergraduate course for full time students (usually four years) and six years for part-time students, if the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course. Where the normal duration of a Level 8 course exceeds four years, the bursary will be awarded for the full course duration.

The bursary may also be held for progression at undergraduate level, i.e. from Level 6 to Level 7 and from Level 7 to Level 8.

Payment of bursaries will generally be made directly to the student account and will be paid by instalment.
 
Extending 1916 Bursaries awarded in 2021/22 for future postgraduate study: Tier 1 and Tier 2 bursaries are also payable to students as they progress to postgraduate studies.

 

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

The Bursaries are targeted at students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and who are from one or more of the socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education.
Applicants must be:

  • A new entrant pursuing an undergraduate course for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year i.e., entering Year 1 or repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.
  • Eligible for the Special Rate of SUSI grant (Family income of €24,500) and/or in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection means-tested payment.
  • Have been a resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years.
  • Must be applying for a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in one of the HEIs (there is no restriction on the programme of study) in the MEND cluster that:
    (a) takes not less than two years to complete,
    and
    (b) on the successful completion of which you will be awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
    and
    must be from one of the under-represented groups in higher education, including: 

    • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (i.e., either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or be in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) means-tested social welfare payment)
    • First-time mature students (23 or older on 1 January of their year of entry to higher education)
    • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Irish Travellers
    • Entering University on the basis of a further education award
    • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
    • Ethnic Minorities (see further information on the definition of ethnic minorities)
    • Refugees (see further information on the definition of refugees)
    • People who are or were in the care of the State

 

Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

  • Students who are not first-time entrants to higher education.
  • Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for students who are entering First Year of an undergraduate programme in September/October 2021. Students who are repeating 1st year may apply if they are repeating due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level as their current programme of study.
  • 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 reckonable income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €24,500 gross for the family in 2020.
  • Persons who are in the protection system or at the leave to remain or deportation order stage are not eligible to apply for a 1916 Bursary. Further information can be found in the Who Cannot Apply FAQ and the Student Support Scheme for people in the International Protection System
  • Postgraduate students, unless you are a previous recipient of the 1916 Bursary, in which case you can find out more about extending your 1916 undergraduate bursary for your postgraduate study.

 

What does “Socio-Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary Fund?

The Bursaries are targeted at students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and who are from one or more of the socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education: 

The term ‘socio-economic disadvantage’ can mean any of the following:

  • 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 one of the socio-economic target groups above 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 barriers making it difficult to access and succeed in higher education.


 

What is needed before starting to complete the 1916 Bursary Fund Application Form

These steps will help you get ready to complete your application form. Read the Maynooth University 1916 Bursary Fund Application Guide for Students and follow the steps outlined. Read the data sharing policy, as you must agree to it in order to complete the application form.

You must have all these details ready before you begin your application.

NB. When you begin completing the application form you must first agree to the terms of the data sharing policy in order to be able to proceed. 

  1. Your 9-digit CAO number.
  2. Your student email address.
  3. Your phone number. 
  4. Your Eircode from Eircode Finder.
  5. Your PPS number. Ensure you insert the correct number. 
  6. If you have applied to SUSI, you will need the W number or your application number. 
  7. All the required supporting documents saved on your device, ready to upload. Take a look at the recorded information session video below about the supporting documents you require.

Please note - it is not possible to add documents after you submit your application. Please have all documents scanned and ready to upload with your application. 

For any paper documents, you will need to create scanned electronic copies of them to upload online. There are a number of ways to create a scanned electronic copy of your document:

Use your smartphone camera:

  • ​Scan your paper documents using the free app OfficeLens (Android / iPhone) combined with your camera. You can also follow these 8 steps using the Notes app on your iPhone.
  • If using the camera alone to take photos, ensure the screenshots are of good quality and all information is visible.
  • Save your electronic documentation onto your pc/laptop/USB key/phone. 

Use a printer/scanner:

  • There are 7 printers with scanning functions around the University (locations are listed in Copy & Print Services)
  • At a printer, swipe your Student ID card and set the document that you wish to scan face up on the top tray of the printer and click Scan on the printer’s screen.
  • Your scanned document will be emailed to you as an attachment to your @mumail.ie address.
  • Save your electronic documentation onto your pc/laptop/USB key/phone.
  • It is not advisable to you use the Webprint facility to remotely print confidential documents.

 

 

I want to apply for the 1916 Undergraduate Bursary Fund

 

Complete the MEND Cluster 1916 Undergraduate Bursary Fund Online Application Form.

The application form will close on 22 October 2021 at 5pm.

 

Making an Appeal

 

The MEND cluster is committed to ensuring that all 1916 bursary applications are assessed fairly, accurately, and according to the published guidelines. If you are unsuccessful in your 1916 Bursary application, there are two grounds for appeal:

  1. 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 lead to you not being awarded the Bursary. 
  2. You believe “insufficient weight was given to an aspect of your application” i.e., that all your circumstances were not taken into account when your application was being reviewed and something important was not considered about your personal situation.

No new information can be included or considered at appeal stage.

Appeals will be independently reviewed on the grounds that the information provided was considered, assessed, and scored correctly. The information submitted in the online application and the supporting documentation received will be used in consideration of the appeal. It will not be possible to submit further documentation at the appeal stage.

There will be a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application was assessed fairly and in line with the criteria. An appeal must be made within 21 days of receiving the outcome of your application. The closing date for appeals will be announced after 22 October 2021.

To apply for an appeal;

  • Have your 9-digit CAO number ready
  • Identify the grounds for your appeal

Before you complete an appeal, you can speak to a member of staff at Maynooth University Access Office. Email 1916bursary@mu.ie to discuss your outcome and other supports available to you. 

 

Application Timeline

 

Key action Date
Application closing date 22 Oct 2021 at 5pm
Appeals open & close date To be announced after 22 Oct 2021
Conditional Offers issued November 2021 -date tbc
Payment Date (Semester 1 instalment) December 2021 – date tbc

 


1916 Bursary Awardees progressing to Postgraduate Study

 

Information for 1916 Bursary Awardees – Current Recipients/Past Recipients

In 2021/22, the option has been introduced to extend an existing 1916 bursary award from an undergraduate programme of study into a postgraduate programme of study.

The programme has to be an approved postgraduate programme that takes no less than one year to complete and is provided by an approved Path 2 participating Higher Education Institution.

If you are a 1916 Bursary recipient who is currently enrolled in or who intends to apply to a postgraduate programme, you may be eligible to continue your 1916 Bursary funding to postgraduate level.

 

What is the value of the 1916 Bursary at PG level?

  • For students who are awarded the undergraduate 1916 Bursary in 2021/22, a postgraduate 1916 bursary will be in the same amount as their undergraduate award: €5,000 per annum (Tier 1 bursaries) and €2,000 per annum (Tier 2 bursaries) for both full-time and part-time students.
  • For students awarded an undergraduate 1916 Bursary prior to 2021/22 a postgraduate 1916 bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum for both full and part-time students.

 

Are there any Conditions?

The award is subject to satisfactory progression in your course of study and to a maximum cap of 4 years. 

Approved postgraduate courses are at Level 8 Higher Diploma, Level 9 Master’s Degree or Level 10 Ph.D. at a Higher Education Institution approved for PATH 2 funding. Bursary recipients will not be permitted to do two postgraduate courses that are at the same NFQ level e.g. two Level 9 courses within the overall cap of four years.

 

Who can apply for postgraduate 1916 Bursary funding?

  1. A Tier 1 or Tier 2 awardee of the 1916 Bursary in 2021/22 who successfully completes their undergraduate course and who wishes to progress to postgraduate study at an approved Path 2 participating Higher Education Institution.
  2. For the academic year 2021/22 only, students already in receipt of the 1916 Bursary who are completing their undergraduate studies in 2020/2021 will be entitled to continue to receive a bursary for postgraduate study.
  3. For the academic year 2021/22 only, as an exceptional measure, students who were recipients of the 1916 Bursary and who graduated prior to 2020/21 can apply to receive the Bursary for postgraduate study. 
  4. For the academic year 2021/22 only, previous 1916 Bursary recipients who have already commenced a course of postgraduate study may be entitled to receive a bursary for the remainder of their postgraduate studies, subject to the progression in their studies and the overall cap of four years.

 

What do I do next?

This depends on which category of postgraduate student you are:
 
Option A: A 1916 Bursary awardee who completed their undergraduate programme at Maynooth University and who is undertaking postgraduate studies at Maynooth University
If you completed your undergraduate programme of study in Maynooth University and were awarded the 1916 Bursary, and you are now pursuing a postgraduate programme in Maynooth University please contact the Maynooth University Access Programme at 1916bursary@mu.ie to confirm to the Access Office that you are undertaking postgraduate studies at MU.

Option B: A 1916 Bursary awardee who completed their undergraduate programme at Maynooth University and who is undertaking postgraduate studies at another Higher Education Institution
If you completed your undergraduate programme of study in Maynooth University and were awarded the 1916 Bursary, and you are now pursuing a postgraduate programme at another HEI, you can apply to extend your 1916 Bursary funding to the HEI or Cluster where you intend to do your course. You will need to provide your HEI with a letter from Maynooth University confirming that you were a 1916 Bursary recipient at undergraduate level. Contact 1916bursary@mu.ie for more information.

Option C: A 1916 Bursary awardee who completed their undergraduate programme at another Higher Education Institution and who is undertaking postgraduate studies at Maynooth University

If you completed your undergraduate programme of study at another HEI and were awarded the 1916 Bursary, and you are now pursuing a postgraduate programme at Maynooth University, you must complete the Maynooth University 1916 Bursary Postgraduate transfer form to apply to MU to renew your 1916 Bursary. You will also need to email Maynooth University and attach a 1916 Bursary confirmation letter from the college or HEI where you completed your undergraduate programme. The letter should: 

a) confirm you are/were a 1916 Bursary awardee
and
b) provide details of the target group(s) you met in your original undergraduate 1916 Bursary application. 

 
You should contact your HEI to request this letter and email it to 1916bursary@mu.ie

 
 

Data Protection

 

All the higher education institutions are administering the 1916 Bursary Scheme on a regional basis, known as clusters. One of the clusters is the Midlands, East and North Dublin (MEND).

This is made up of four higher education institutions: Dublin City University (DCU), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University (MU).

By completing this application form, you will be submitting your personal data to this group of higher education institutions who work together to process the 1916 Bursary Fund. These are: Maynooth University (MU), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dublin City University (DCU), and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). As such, these are the Data Controllers in relation to your personal data (see ‘Data Protection Rules’ below). Certain elements of your personal data will also be shared with the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO), and with the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Personal data that you submit using this application form will be used only for the purpose of processing your application for the 1916 Bursary. Your data will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Policies of each Organisation. If you have any questions in relation to how your personal data is used by Maynooth University please refer to 'Who to contact in relation to your personal data?' below. 

 

Why do we need your data?

By applying for the 1916 Bursary, you will be required to provide us with personal data including: 

  • Name, address, Eircode, date of birth, CAO number, mobile phone number, email address, country of birth, nationality
  • If it applies to you, information about the Free Fees Scheme, your residency status in Ireland, your main entry route into the college, and the HEAR/DARE Schemes. 

In relation to the Bursary, this personal data is necessary for: 

  • verification of your identity
  • the assessment of your application,
  • eligibility for the Bursary fund
  • the selection of successful applicants,
  • the provision of additional supports.

Separately, the following information is provided to the AIRO and the HEA:

  • AIRO: Your address and Eircode will be provided to AIRO, to enable understanding of what areas are represented by applicants for the 1916 Bursary. No other information will be shared with AIRO.
  • HEA: An anonymised version of your information will be shared with the HEA, in order to comply with the 1916 Bursary Scheme’s reporting requirements.

If you do not provide the requested data, your application for the Bursary cannot be processed.

 

Data protection rules 

Data protection concerns the safeguarding of privacy rights in relation to the processing of your personal data. This includes any information that can identify you. This may, for example, include a name, email address, date of birth or telephone number. 

We must comply with of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018 when we collect and use your personal data. DCU acts as ‘Data Controllers’ in respect of your personal data and comply with our responsibilities under these laws. 

 

How your personal information will be used 

We will only process such data for the purpose for which you provide it and to the extent necessary to process your application in line with the regulations attached to this Bursary.

You have the right to withdraw your consent to processing and you also have the right to access any personal data relating to you on request (see the ‘Your data rights’ section below).

The personal data you submit will be held for a period of 10 years. The personal data may be disclosed by each Organisation to relevant internal staff and agents in order assess this application and to deliver support services to you.

We may also share personal data with government departments, statutory bodies, and funding agencies where this is required under legislation or for the provision of services to you.

 

Security

The online application form is hosted on the DCU website and based on Drupal software. A record of responses is generated as applicants submit their forms online. Application details will be stored on a secure network, and password protected. Access to the Drupal form and responses is strictly limited to two authorised individuals within DCU, who require secure log-in to access the information.

 

Your Data Rights

Under data protection rules, you have rights as a ‘data subject’. These rights include: 

  • The right to be informed about what happens to information relating to you (personal data) (Articles 12-14 of GDPR).
  • The right to access information relating to you which is held by DCU (Article 15, GDPR).
  • The right to rectification, to correct any errors in your personal data (Articles 16 & 19, GDPR).
  • The right to erasure, to delete/destroy information relating to you which is held by DCU (Articles 17 & 19, GDPR).
  • The right to data portability (Article 20, GDPR).
  • The right to object to processing of information relating to you (Article 21, GDPR).
  • The right of restriction, to limit the way DCU uses information relating to you (Article 18, GDPR); and,
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making, including profiling (Article 22, GDPR).

 

Who to contact in relation to your personal data?

If you have any questions in relation to how your personal data is used by Maynooth University, you can contact 1916bursary@mu.ie or the Data Protection Officer at dataprotection@mu.ie. If you have any questions in relation to access, supports or the 1916 Bursary Scheme, contact 1916bursary@mu.ie or access.office@mu.ie or any of the following units:

In addition, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) is the official authority overseeing data protection in Ireland. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the DPC if you believe your personal data is being processed by us unlawfully. To find out more information about how to make a complaint to the DPC, please visit dataprotection.ie.

 

Consent declaration

By proceeding to complete the 1916 Bursary Application Form, you confirm:

  • that you have read and fully understand the above statement and its contents
  • that you consent to the obtaining, processing, and retaining your personal data for the purposes described in the above statement. 

Important: If you proceed to complete the 1916 Bursary Application Form, your personal data will be processed as described in the above statement. If you do not wish to have your personal data collected by and further processed, please do not proceed.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About the 1916 Bursary Fund

 

Q. What is MEND? 

All the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are awarding the Bursaries as regional clusters. The MEND cluster, which includes Maynooth University (MU), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dublin City University (DCU), and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT), has a total of 40 bursaries available to award to students applying to these HEIs. There is a central online application process for the MEND Cluster which is administered by DCU on behalf of the four institutions. That means that there is one application for all four HEIs.

 

Q. What is AIRO? 

The All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) undertakes academic and applied mapping research and produces spatial datasets and specialist tools to aid in their analysis. More information on AIRO is available at airo.maynoothuniversity.ie 

 

Q. Who can apply?

Detailed criteria are provided above. In summary, students applying to year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in the academic year (2021/22), full or part-time, with a household reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2020, who are in the identified target groups, who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and experiencing significant financial hardship, can apply for the bursary.

 

Q. What does “Socio-Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary? 

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. Your family income may mean that you may not be able to go to college without financial help. You may be from a socio-economic group that is under-represented in higher education. All of these factors, either individually or often combine, to mean that you have additional social and financial barriers to accessing higher education.

 

Q. What does "Ethnic Minority" and "Refugee" mean for the 1916 Bursary?
 

Students from ethnic minorities who are lawfully present in the State and are:
  • a national of an EU Member State, a state which is a contracting state to the EEA agreement, the UK or the Swiss Confederation,
    or
  • a person whose current immigration status or leave to remain under the Department of Justice, is one of the following:
Refugee, Programme Refugee, Family Reunification: 
  • A refugee or other person entitled for the time being to the rights and privileges specified in section 3 of the Refugee Act 1996, including a person granted: 
  • Leave to enter and remain in the State as a programme refugee under section 24 of that Act, or 
  • permission to enter and reside in the State as a family member of a refugee pursuant to section 18 of that Act;
    • A person who is, pursuant to the International Protection Act 2015: 
    • given a refugee declaration under section 47(1) of that Act, or
    • a programme refugee under section 59 of that Act.
Subsidiary Protection:
  • A person, pursuant to the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 518 of 2006)
    1. who the Minister for Justice and Law Reform has determined is eligible for the time being for subsidiary protection pursuant to Regulation 4 of those Regulations, or
    2. to whom the Minister for Justice and Law Reform has granted permission for the time being in writing to enter and reside in the State pursuant to Regulation 16 of those Regulation.
  • A person, pursuant to the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 426 of 2013): 
    • who is a person eligible for subsidiary protection and in relation to whom a subsidiary protection declaration is in force and to whom a permission to reside within the State has been granted pursuant to those Regulations; or 
    • to whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has granted permission to enter and reside in the State pursuant to Regulation 25 of those Regulations; or
    • to whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has granted permission to reside in the State pursuant to Regulation 26 of those Regulations
  • A person who is given a subsidiary protection declaration under section 47(4) of the International Protection Act 2015.
European Communities (Free Movement of Persons Regulations) 2006 and 2008
  • A person who is a family member of a person who is a national of –
    • an EU Member State,
    • a state which is a contracting state to the EEA Agreement,
    • the Swiss Confederation, and
    • has permission to remain in the State as a family member of such person under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons Regulations) 2006 and 2008 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004.
Spouse, civil partner or dependent child of Irish national residing in the State
  • A person who has permission to remain in the State
    (i) by virtue of marriage to, or a civil partnership with, an Irish national residing in the state, or
    (ii) as a dependent child of a person coming with clause(i)

Dependent child of naturalized Irish citizen residing in the State

  • A person who has permission to remain in the State as a dependent child of a person who has acquired Irish Citizenship by naturalization, residing in the State.
Humanitarian leave to remain
  • A person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State under any enactment for the time being in force.
  • A person granted permission to reside in the State under section 49 of the International Protection Act 2015
Decision not to deport under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999
  • A person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has granted permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999.

 

For further clarification, see section 14 of the Student Support Act 2011 and Regulation 5 the Student Support Regulations 2021 (Statutory Instrument No. 132 of 2021).

 

Q. Who cannot apply? 

  • Students who are not first-time entrants to higher education.
  • Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for students who are entering First Year of an undergraduate programme in September/October 2021. Students who are repeating 1st year may apply if they are repeating due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level as their current programme of study.
  • 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 reckonable income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €24,500 gross for the family in 2020.
  • Persons who are in the protection system or the leave to remain or at deportation order stage are not eligible to apply for a 1916 Bursary. 
    Persons who are in the protection system or at the leave to remain (not at deportation order) stage however can apply to be considered for support under the Student Support Scheme for Asylum Seekers (otherwise known as the Student Support Scheme). Students who are currently living in direct provision are not eligible for support under the 1916 Bursary Fund; the only exception is in respect of those residents who have been granted either refugee status, subsidiary protection status or leave to remain, and who are currently transitioning out of direct provision. 
  • Postgraduate students, unless you are a previous recipient of the 1916 Bursary, in which case you can find out more about extending your 1916 undergraduate bursary for your postgraduate study.

 

Q. What is reckonable income?

Reckonable income is income excluding any income disregard. 

 

Q. How do I apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

 

Q. How do I provide my supporting documents?

There is a central online application process for the MEND Cluster which is administered by DCU on behalf of the other institutions. All supporting documentation must be uploaded as part of your application. The application closes on 22 October 2021, at 5 pm. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible. Find out what supporting documents you must provide.

 

For any paper documents, you will need to create scanned electronic copies of them to upload online. There are a number of ways to create a scanned electronic copy of your document:

Use your smartphone camera:

  • ​Scan your paper documents using the free app OfficeLens (Android / iPhone) combined with your camera. You can also follow these 8 steps using the Notes app on your iPhone.
  • If using the camera alone to take photos, ensure the screenshots are of good quality and all information is visible.
  • Save your electronic documentation onto your pc/laptop/USB key/phone. 

Use a printer/scanner:

  • There are 7 printers with scanning functions around the University (locations are listed in Copy & Print Services)
  • At a printer, swipe your Student ID card and set the document that you wish to scan face up on the top tray of the printer and click Scan on the printer’s screen.
  • Your scanned document will be emailed to you as an attachment to your @mumail.ie address.
  • Save your electronic documentation onto your pc/laptop/USB key/phone.
  • It is not advisable to you use the Webprint facility to remotely print confidential documents.

 

Q. How many bursaries will be awarded in the MEND cluster?

Number of Bursaries available in the MEND Cluster:

Tier 1 Bursaries: 40
Tier 2 Bursaries: 21
Tier 3 Bursaries: To Be Confirmed

 

Q. If I am awarded the 1916 Bursary, how will I be paid? 

You will be paid by electronic transfer of funds from the HEI directly to your bank account. Payment will generally be by instalment for Tier 1 bursaries but may be paid in one sum for Tier 2 and Tier 3 bursaries. If your application is successful, you will be notified as to which payment plan is relevant to you.

 

Q. When will I know the outcome, the appeal deadline and when will I be paid?

Please refer to the Application Timeline.

 

Q. How will my data be treated? 

Please refer to the section on Data Protection.

 

Q. Can I get the 1916 Bursary and SUSI? 

Yes. If you are eligible and awarded SUSI and the 1916 Bursary Fund you can keep both. The 1916 Bursary Fund is not counted as income when assessing SUSI.

 

Q. Can I get the 1916 Bursary and any other Scholarship or Grant? 

No. You can get the 1916 Bursary with your SUSI, Social Welfare and you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund or Fund for Students with Disabilities, but not any other grant. 

 

Q. Will the Bursary affect my SUSI application? 

The payment from the 1916 Bursary is not counted as income by SUSI. 

 

Q. Will the Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment?

The 1916 Bursary does not affect your means tested or other payments from Social Welfare.

 

Q. Can I keep my Rent Allowance and Medical Card with the 1916 Bursary?

The 1916 Bursary Fund will not be counted as income when you are being assessed for any means tested payments.

 

Q. Can I apply for the Student Assistance Fund if I get the 1916 Bursary?

Yes, Maynooth University students can apply for the Student Assistance Fund by following this link and selecting ‘Book an Appointment’.

 

Q. Can I apply for supports from the MU Disability Office if I get the 1916 Bursary?

Yes. Find out more about how to apply for disability supports at Maynooth University.

 

Q. 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 would be expected to meet with a Student Advisor in your institution at least twice per year.
  • You may be asked to attend or be part of events organised by the institution to increase awareness of the 1916 Bursary. This is not compulsory.
  • You will be required to sign a Student Contract if you are successful in your application.

 

Q. I have been awarded a 1916 Bursary. Can I defer? 

In the case of Tier 1 and 2 bursaries, bursary holders are permitted to defer their bursaries at undergraduate level for a maximum of one academic year with the prior written approval of their HEI. Deferral may occur before the student commences their studies or during their studies. The HEA must be kept appraised of any such deferrals as part of the progress reporting process.
 
Bursary recipients who wish to defer their postgraduate study may do so for a maximum one academic year with the prior written approval of their HEI. Deferral may occur before the student commences their studies or during their studies. A student who has not yet applied for a postgraduate course may also defer their bursary for a maximum of one year. The HEA must be kept appraised of any such deferrals as part of the reporting process. 

 

Q. I am a Postgraduate Student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary? 

No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to entering first year Undergraduate Students. However please note if you are a previous or current holder of the 1916 Bursary you can apply to continue your Bursary for postgraduate studies.

 

Q. I am a continuing student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary? 

No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to entering first year Undergraduate Students.

 

Q. I am repeating 1st year. Can I apply? 

Applications from those due to repeat Year 1 of their undergraduate programme will only be considered in cases where evidence is supplied that a significant life event was the reason for poor performance in the last academic year. Examples of such life events include major ill health which was certified at the time, pregnancy, bereavement in the immediate family. If you have any queries, contact 1916bursary@mu.ie.

 

Q. If I am refused, can I appeal?

Please refer to Making an Appeal.

 

Q. I have been awarded the 1916 Bursary. Can I repeat a year and still receive the Bursary? 

The 1916 Bursary cannot be paid for a repeat year unless the institution agrees that there were “exceptional circumstances” i.e., medical or personal reasons why you could not complete the year. You would be expected to provide written evidence of your illness or personal situation from a professional outside your family group. You would also be expected to work with the Maynooth University Access Programme during your difficulty and at a minimum have advised someone in your college that you have an issue ongoing.

 

Q. I applied but was not successful in my application. Are there any other financial supports available?

All students awarded the bursary will have to verify all claims made on application to other funds such as the Student Assistance Fund.

 

Q. How will my application be assessed? Where are the official rules and guidelines for this Bursary?

Your application will be assessed based on the information provided on the application form and the supporting documents you provide. Please refer to the Path 2 1916 Implementation Guidelines 2021/22.

 

Q. Who can I contact with any queries about the 1916 Bursary Fund?

Please contact us by email at 1916bursary@mu.ie