Applications to the Maynooth University 1916 Bursary Fund will open 30 August 2021 and close 15 October 2021.
The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support the 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 offered to undergraduate students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage who are commencing third level education in September 2021 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study.
All Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) are awarding 1916 Bursaries as regional clusters. The Midlands East & North Dublin (MEND) cluster is made up of four HEI's - Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dublin City University (DCU), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University (MU). The MEND cluster has a total of 40 bursaries across the 4 HEI's available to award to students applying to these HEI's. The process and timelines have been agreed by the MEND cluster, but each institution administers their own application and awarding process.
Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate course 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?
- Students applying to Year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2021/22)
- Students repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.
- Students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and who are from one or more of the socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education.(i.e. Lone Parents, Irish Travellers, Person experiencing Homelessness, Person with a Disability, Member of an Ethnic Minority, in/were in Care of the State). Students must be experiencing socio-economic disadvantage regardless of the target group.
- Students must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level of SUSI grant, i.e. l. Applicants must be able to provide evidence that shows they are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
- Students who have lived for 3 of the previous 5 years in Ireland.
- Students must be applying for a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that:
(a) takes not less than two years to complete,
- and -
(b) 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.
- Applications from mature entry students and further education award holders are encouraged.
- Students who are not first time entrants to higher education who plan to start study in September/October 2021
- 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 reckonable income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €24,500 gross for the family in 2020
- Postgraduate students
- Students in years other than 1st year
- Students who have not lived for 3 of the past 5 years in Ireland
I want to apply
- You must agree to the MEND Data Protection Policy for the 1916 Bursary in order to proceed with the application
- Locate your 8 digit CAO number
- Locate your email address
- Provide your phone number
- Find your Eircode. If you do not know it click here (https://finder.eircode.ie/#/)
- Prepare the 3 sections of your personal statement.
What should I discuss in my personal statement?
- How the Bursary will help you achieve your goals and ambitions?
- Why you have chosen your course of study?
- What barriers have you faced in achieving your goals and ambitions?
- Have you/your family experienced severe financial hardship?
- How will you support yourself and manage financially while in college?
- How would you spend the Bursary money if your application is successful?
- Your personal and/or family circumstances and the barriers that you have faced in continuing your education
- Your responsibility within your family
- Do you care for siblings/and or parent(s)?
- Do you have to work part-time to support your family financially?
I would like to appeal my assesment outcome
What do I need to complete an appeal form?
- Your 8 digit CAO number
- Identify the grounds for your appeal
Questions About the 1916 Bursary Fund
1. What is MEND?
2. What is AIRO?
3. Who can apply?
The Bursaries are targeted at students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage 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 impairment, 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)
- People who are or were in the care of the state
4. What does “Socio-Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary?
5. Who cannot apply?
- Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for 'entering' 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 reckonable income limit, currently €24,500 gross for the family in 2020.
6. What is reckonable income?
7. How do I apply for a 1916 Bursary?
8. How will my data be treated?
9. Can I get both the 1916 Bursary and a SUSI student grant?
10. Can I get the 1916 Bursary and any other Scholarship or Grant?
11. Will the Bursary affect my SUSI application?
12. Will the Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment?
13. Can I keep my Rent Allowance and Medical Card with the 1916 Bursary?
14. Can I apply for the Student Assistance Fund if I get the 1916 Bursary?
15. Can I apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities if I get the 1916 Bursary?
16. How many Bursaries will be awarded?
17. 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.
18. I am a Postgraduate Student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary?
19. I am a continuing student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary?
20. I am repeating a year. Can I apply?
21. If I am refused, can I appeal?
- 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.
- 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.
There will be a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application was assessed fairly and in line with the criteria.
22. I have been awarded the 1916 Bursary. Can I repeat a year?
23. I applied but was not successful in my application. Are there any other financial supports available?