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

1916 Bursary Fund - Closing Date 10th August
1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills. Its aim is 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. This funding is being provided to underline the Government’s commitment to the type of equality of opportunity envisaged by the 1916 signatories.

 Participating Higher Education Institutions

  • NUI Galway (and St. Angela’s, Sligo)
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology


The Bursaries are targeted at first-time Higher Education applicants who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one or more of the target groups that have low participation rates in higher education:

Applicants must:

(a)    Be in receipt of a DSP means-testing social welfare payment 


(b)   Be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level of SUSI grant*

* For more information visit:

 And be from one or more of the following target groups:

  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education;
  • First time, mature student entrants;
  • Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who 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;
  • Ethnic minorities who are lawfully present in the State and who satisfy the  qualifying criteria listed on Page 5 and Page 6 of the HEA 1916 Bursary Fund Guidelines HERE;
  • Children who are/were in the care of the State/TUSLA;
  • Part-time students.

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 providing that the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

 Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?

Prospective students who are socio-economically disadvantaged, belong to one of the Bursary Fund target groups and who are from one of the socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education:

  • Applicant’s household / family income must be less than €23,500 (excluding SUSI disregarded payments) or applicant must be in receipt of a DSP means-tested social-welfare payment;
  • New entrants (full-time or part-time) progressing to higher education for the first time, intending to pursue an undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that: 

(a) takes not less than two years to complete, 

(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. 

  • Applicants must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years on the date on which a year of study commences.

How will Bursaries be awarded?

As it is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available, priority will be given to the eligible applicants who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed, the significance and impact of the socio-economic dis-advantage and the barriers experienced. The awarding of the bursary is dependent on the student registering in the higher education institution that has made the conditional award. 

 Please note: Students are not entitled to receive the 1916 Bursary in conjunction with any other bursary, scholarship or award. If a student has already been awarded a scholarship, he/she may still apply for this 1916 Bursary but if successful will forfeit the value of the lesser scholarship. Students may however hold the 1916 Bursary and the student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility criteria of the student grant scheme. The 1916 Bursary will be an income disregard for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme. 1916 Bursary holders can also apply for the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) and the Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD). The 1916 Bursary will also be an income disregard for the purposes of means tested social welfare payments or Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) entitlement and will have no impact on the individual’s DSP social welfare payment. 

When will Bursaries be awarded?

Bursaries will be paid in two installments annually (Semester 1 & 2)

Bursary Conditions

  • The bursary will be awarded for the normal duration of the undergraduate programme and is available across all disciplines.
  • Bursary holders will be expected to fulfill the regulations of their college/institute and to undergo any examination/assessment as determined by their college/institute.
  • Bursaries will be renewed on successful progression to the next year of the course. It will not be paid in respect of a repeat period of study (the institution may waive this rule in exceptional circumstances).
  • A bursary holder wishing to change programme must have the prior written approval of their institution and will not receive the Bursary until they have progressed to a level which they haven’t previously completed on the previous course.
  • A bursary may be awarded for a maximum of four years full-time (unless the natural duration of the undergraduate programme exceeds four years) or six years (part-time).
  • A bursary may be held in respect of postgraduate studies for a maximum of four years. Bursary holders may defer a maximum of one year prior to commencing postgraduate studies with the prior written approval of the Institution and subject to available funds and the fund continuing.
  • A bursary holder, during the course of their studies, may defer a maximum of one year with prior approval from the Institution.
  • A bursary may be retained by a student that transfers to another higher education institution providing that the student has completed at least one year of study in the higher education institution that awarded the bursary. This is subject to progression.
  • The institute may terminate a bursary at any time, where the bursary holder no longer meets the terms and conditions of the bursary fund.

Data Collection and Sharing

Information on how students’ personal data is processed is available in the Privacy Notice on the 1916 Bursary Application Form. A Data Sharing Agreement is in place between the West/North-West cluster members i.e. GMIT, IT Sligo, LYIT and NUI Galway (and St. Angela’s Sligo). Data sharing arrangements will be in place between West North West cluster members and the Awarding Authority (HEA) subject to data protection considerations.The HEA will collate aggregate and anonymised data and may share it with a trusted third party for the purpose of research, development and evaluation of this access initiative and in accordance with Data Protection legislation and may share it with a trusted third party. HEI’s will be required to comply with data requests.


Appeals will be accepted up to five days after notification of outcomes of application and will be independently reviewed on the grounds that information provided was considered, assessed and scored correctly. No further documentation/information can be provided by the applicant at appeal stage.

Application Forms

Application forms are available to download on the NUI Galway access website at



E-mail or phone 091- 493553 

Closing Date

5pm on the 10th August 2018

Late/incomplete applications will not be considered

Completed Application Forms

All completed application forms together with photocopies only of all supporting documentation must be sent by post to:

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

1916 Bursary Fund Guideline Details

For further information on the HEA 1916 Bursary fund application guidelines visit 

 Inclusive Centenaries Scholarship Scheme 2018

In 2016, NUI Galway launched the Inclusive Centenaries Scholarship Scheme to mark Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries and celebrate the diversity of Irish society.  This merit-based, national scheme aims to assist high-achieving, second-level school leavers from Ireland’s newest communities to pursue their third-level educational goals at NUI Galway, to realise their full potential, and to contribute to shaping Ireland of today and tomorrow.

Click on link to apply:


EIL Travel Scholarships-Open to current Undergraduates
Closing date 7th December 2018

Would you like to volunteer abroad over the Summer months for 8 weeks in Latin America or Asia?

 Scholarship includes:
• Return flights & insurance
• Accommodation and meals during volunteer project
• Pre-departure information and support
• In-country airport transfers, orientation, local co-ordinator & support

 Applications must be made through the Mature Students Officer where I can nominate 5 of you. Details are at:

If you came to college through an Access route you can apply as an Access Student. Details are here: Applications are also made through my office.

If you are with ALIVE and are volunteering currently you can apply under this category also:

Applications are made through the ALIVE Office.