1916 Bursary fund

The 1916 Bursary Fund has now re-opened for applications from students intending to start higher education in September 2019 in Maynooth University, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Dublin City University (the Midlands East North Dublin (MEND) Regional Cluster).


Why are we writing to you?

The Maynooth University Access Programme would appreciate if you would promote the 1916 Bursary Fund to the networks and individuals that you work with.


What is the 1916 Bursary Fund?

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to increase the numbers of students who are currently under-represented in higher education.


The Bursary is being offered to undergraduate students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage who are commencing third level education in September 2019 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study (€5000 per year of study).

The MEND cluster have a total of 40 bursaries available to award.

Who should apply to 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 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.


In order to be considered for a bursary, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level of SUSI grant, i.e. reckonable household income less than €24,000 in 2018.


How do you apply to the 1916 Bursary Fund?

The online application form includes a 600 word personal statement and a reference. The application process is now open and closes on Friday, 4 October 2019.


Follow this link to more information and the 1916 Bursary Fund Application Form.

1916 Bursary Fund Application



Where can I go for assistance to complete a 1916 Bursary Fund Application?
If you have any questions about the 1916 Bursary Fund or have a potential applicant who may require support contact 1916bursary@mu.ie or 01 7086025.


On behalf of the Maynooth University Access Programme,