Please read the information below carefully as applications will only be accepted and assessed if documentation is supplied at the time of application. Late Applications cannot be accepted under any circumstance. 

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently under-represented in higher education. The Bursary is being offered to socio-economically disadvantaged undergraduate students commencing third level education in September 2019 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study.

If you have any questions, you can also review the Frequently Asked Questions below, contact the Maynooth University Access Programme any time Monday-Friday 9am-5pm in MAP Lodge or email 1916bursary@mu.ie/ 01 708 6543 and you can also contact the Maynooth University Student Budgeting Advice Service
 

 
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What Higher Education Institutions will be awarding 1916 Bursaries?
Who are the 1916 Bursaries targeted at?
What does “Socio Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary?
What is the value of a 1916 Bursary? 
Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?
Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary?
How will applications be prioritised?
Eligibility for 1916 Bursary and SUSI Grant
Eligibility for 1916 Bursary and other Scholarships 
Data Sharing
Application Deadline
Application Form
Appeal Form 
Bursary Transfer

What Higher Education Institutions will be awarding 1916 Bursaries?
All of the higher education institutions are awarding the Bursaries as regional clusters. The MEND cluster 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).  The MEND cluster have a total of 40 bursaries available to award to students applying to these higher education institutions. 

Who are the 1916 Bursaries targeted at?
The Bursaries are targeted at students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one or more of the following socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education: 

  • First time, mature student entrants;
  • Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility disability, students who are 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); and
  • People who are or were in the care of the State.

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.  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 barriers making it difficult to access and succeed in higher education.

What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?
Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to 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.

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?

  • Students applying to Year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2019/20) or repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.
  • Students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one or more of the socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education listed above.
  • Students must be socio-economically disadvantaged regardless of the target group. Students must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level of SUSI grant, i.e. income less than €23,500 in 2018. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Students must be applying for a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes not less than two years to complete and 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.
  • There is no restriction on programme of study.


Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary?

  • Students who are not first time entrants to higher education who plan to start study in September 2019.
  • 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 €23,500 gross for the family in 2018.
  • Postgraduate students.

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.

Eligibility for 1916 Bursary and SUSI Grant
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 be an income disregard for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme.

Eligibility for 1916 Bursary and other Scholarships
Applicants cannot hold the 1916 Bursary and other scholarships.  

Data Sharing
Data sharing arrangements are in place between AIT, DkIT, DCU and MU, subject to data protection considerations. 

Application Deadline
The application process opens on Monday 1st April 2019 and closes at 4.00pm, Monday 20th May 2019.  

Application Form
Please complete the 1916 Bursary Fund Application Form. We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the online form. Please check back week beginning 15 April for an update. References to support your application should be submitted to Dublin City University who are processing all applications for the MEND region. References should be submitted by 4:00pm Monday 27th May 2019 to The Student Advice Centre, Henry Grattan Building, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 or email the reference to 1916bursary@dcu.ie.

Appeal Form 
There are two grounds for appeal: 

  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 lead to you not being awarded the Bursary.  
  2. That 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.

The MEND cluster higher education institutions will have a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application was assessed fairly and in line with the criteria. 

Bursary Transfer
The 1916 Bursary is not transferable to other higher education institutions outside of the MEND regional higher education institutions (AIT, DCU, DkIT, and Maynooth University).