NUI Galway Scholarships for Mature Entrants

                                                                                          No Application Required

NUI Galway has encouraged and facilitated the admission of mature students to its programmes over many years. The University has approved a Mature Student Scholarship Scheme to support and facilitate the entry of mature students to its Fulltime Undergraduate Degree programmes.  The University will award 30 such scholarships to mature students entering a full-time undergraduate degree programme.  The Scholarship will be awarded for the first year of the degree programme.


 To be eligible for the award of the Scholarship the student must:

  • Be a mature student, who is at least 23 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of entry
  • Have been offered a place on a fulltime undergraduate degree programme at the University and have accepted that offer in accordance with the relevant procedures of the University and the Central Applications Office

 Basis of Awards

  • Fifteen scholarships will be awarded in order of merit and will be allocated as follows:
    ·  5 scholarships to students presenting a Mature Student Admissions Pathway (MSAP) score
    ·  2 scholarships to students entering Nursing and Midwifery Programmes presenting a Nursing Career Centre (NCC) score
    ·  8 scholarships to students entering an undergraduate degree programme on the basis of their Leaving Certificate results.
  • Fifteen scholarships will be awarded in order of merit to students presenting NUI Galway Access or Foundation Programme results obtained in the year of entry. These will be allocated evenly across the relevant programme offerings.


The value of the Scholarship is €1,500 for the first year of the degree programme. Scholarship holders coming from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the University’s Financial Aid Fund for funding for subsequent years.


The Scholarship is tenable only at National University of Ireland, Galway in respect of the programme for which it is offered. It may not be transferred to any other programme.  The Scholarship is only available in the year in which it is offered. It may not be deferred.

Condition of Award

To register as a student of the University on the programme in respect of which the Scholarship is being awarded by the due registration date. Failure to complete the registration requirement by the due date will render the student ineligible without further notice

If the holder withdraws from the programme for which she/he has registered or fails to continue throughout the session to meet the attendance and other requirements of the programme, she/he will forfeit the Scholarship and will be required to repay the whole or any part of the Scholarship as may be decided.

Uversity Scholarships - Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners

Deadline for Applications:  1st May 2018

 Uversity is now accepting applications for its new HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ADULT LEARNERS that are intended to remove financial barriers so that adult learners can unlock their potential and realise their academic ambitions.
Uniquely, Uversity’s scholarships will provide full financial support, if required, for the entire period of recipients’ study.  They will provide meaningful, multi-annual financial support for recipients to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time in participating third level institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.  Scholarships can be any subject area and will be tailored to recipients’ financial circumstances to cover some or all of the direct and indirect costs associated with higher education.  


  • be 23 years and older by 1st January in the year of enrolment
  • be a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland for 3 years or more by 1st January prior to the year of enrolment
  • be returning to higher education in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year after a break from education of 3 years or more or have completed a higher education progression / preparation course in the last 2 years.  PLEASE NOTE that applicants currently enrolled on a Bachelor’s Programme are not eligible.
  • apply to a participating institution(s) on the island of Ireland as per the institutions’ application processes and be offered a place on a Bachelor’s Programme for the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year. PLEASE NOTE that applicants DO NOT need to have an offer at time of application but if selected for a scholarship they must have received an offer and registered in their chosen programme to receive their first instalment of the scholarship.
  • be able to demonstrate:
  • socio-economic disadvantage and financial need (e.g. in receipt of government benefit)
  • a clear and stated motivation for returning to education and an ambition for their educational journey
  • a drive to succeed and strong work ethic
  • an ability to be transformed and transform others as a result of this scholarship and educational experience
    • submit an application via Uversity’s online system by 1st May 2018 with the following information:
    • biographical / contact details
    • details of education and employment to date
    • details of financial circumstances and need
    • a motivation statement of maximum 500 words
    • details of two referees

 Successful candidates will be notified in July 2018.

Further information on the programme and application process can be found here. 

Requests for further information / clarification should be sent to