1916 Bursary Fund and Application

1916 Bursary Fund Application -  Academic Year 2019-2020

 *** The application process for the 1916 Bursary is now CLOSED***

What is the 1916 Bursary Fund?

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 underrepresented in higher education.

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

Who can apply?

The Bursaries are targeted at new entry students (entering first year)  who are underrepresented in higher education and who are from one or more of the target groups that have low participation rates in higher education:

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 course up to a maximum of four years for full-time students and six years for part-time students providing the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course. 

Application Forms

The 1916 Bursary Application for academic year 2019/2020 is now CLOSED


 Closing Date

5pm on the 5th July 2019.  Late/incomplete applications will not be considered

Queries

E-mail access@nuigalway.ie or phone 091- 493553 
(please do not email application forms to this email address ) Applications must be downloaded and completed fully with all relevant supporting documentation.

Completed Application Forms

NUI Galway and St. Angela’s Sligo applicants must send by post completed application forms together with photocopies only of all supporting documentation to: 

The 1916 Bursary Fund Administrator
Access Centre (Áras Uí Chathail)
NUI Galway,
Galway H91 TK33
Co. Galway

 FAQs

Who can apply to the 1916 Bursary Fund? 

Detailed criteria are provided above.  In summary, 1st year students in the 2019/20 academic year, full or part time,  with household income less than €23,500 gross in 2018, who are in the identified target groups, who are socio-economically disadvantaged and experiencing significant financial hardship can apply.

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

Who cannot apply for the 1916 Bursary?

  • Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. 
    • 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 income limit, currently €23,500 gross for the family in 2018

How do I apply for the 1916 Bursary?

Students attending either NUI Galway or St. Angela's Sligo can download application forms  and submit all relevant supporting documentation (photocopies only) by post  to 

The 1916 Bursary Fund Administrator
Access Centre (Áras Uí Chathail)
NUI Galway,
Galway H91 TK33
Co. Galway

by 5pm, 5th July, 2019

What supporting documentation is required?

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage. Review these details of the supporting documentation required on the application form.

Can I get the 1916 Bursary and SUSI?

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

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. You cannot be in receipt of a similar scholarship.

Will the Bursary affect my SUSI application?

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

Will the Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment?

 No – the 1916 Bursary does not affect your means tested or other payment from Social Welfare.

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

Yes - The Bursary will not be counted as income when you are being assessed for any means tested payments

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

Yes you can apply. Each institution will assess applications for the Student Assistance Fund using their own processes so it is up to them if you are granted any funding

Can I apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities if I get the 1916 Bursary?

Yes you can apply. Each institution will assess applications for the Fund for Students with Disabilities using their own processes for granting learning supports..

How many Bursaries will be awarded?

Each institution can award up to ten individual Bursaries depending on the applications. There are strict criteria that must be applied..

 

If I am successful, for how many years will I be eligible to receive the Bursary?

The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full time undergraduate students and six years for part time undergraduate students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

 

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 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 Fund.

You will be required to sign the Student Contract if you are successful in your application.

I am a part-time student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary?

Yes. Part-time students (including students completing online undergraduate programmes) can apply if they are doing an undergraduate course that takes not 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 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.

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

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

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

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

If I am refused, can I appeal?

The appeals procedure will be in respect of process only, and appeals must be received and completed within 21 days of the announcement of awards. There are two grounds for appeal:

  • 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;     or 
  • 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/or that something important was not considered about your personal situation.

Each region will have a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application was assessed fairly and in line with the criteria.
The Review and Appeals Panel will have representatives from each institution. The representative from your institution will not have a vote in your appeal.
You can download the appeals form from here:1916 Bursary Appeals Form - AY 2019-20

I have been awarded the 1916 Bursary. How will I be paid?

You will be paid in instalments directly into your bank account.

I have been awarded the 1916 Bursary. Can I repeat a year?

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 student supports within your institution during your difficulty and at a minimum have advised someone in your college that you have an ongoing issue.

I applied but was not eligible for the Bursary. Are there any other financial supports available?

Yes. Each institution has funds to support students experiencing financial hardship. The biggest fund available is the Student Assistance Fund (SAF). Further information on these supports are available from the Access Centre at NUI Galway. 

What kind of information should I put in the personal statement in the online application form?

You should provide information on the issues that are relevant to you in your personal statement. You may have had additional personal or family challenges. For example, you may have experienced extreme poverty, be from a lone parent family or a family where there are addiction issues. You may have experienced housing exclusion/ homelessness or may have significant additional caring responsibilities. Your parent/partner might have been absent due to time spent in prison. 

Where possible, students should also submit letters/ references/ contact details of persons/ agencies that have been supporting them.

NB: If there has been a significant change in circumstances since 2018, this should also be identified in your Personal Statement with supporting documents if possible.

 Can I get some help or advice with my Bursary application?

You should read these FAQ’s carefully to see if your question has been answered. You can also contact access@nuigalway.ie or phone 091 493553.