MTU Sanctuary Scholarships


MTU, in partnership with the Tomar Trust, award Sanctuary Scholarships to asylum seeker and refugee students wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree course in MTU. 



MTU offers Sanctuary Scholarships to eligible persons from an asylum-seeking or refugee background who do not otherwise qualify for financial support under the Free Fees Initiative, the SUSI grant scheme, or the Grant Scheme for Asylum Seekers, and who wishes to pursue an undergraduate course in MTU. 


Applications are also accepted from migrants who have exceptional Stamp 4s or Stamp 3s and who do not qualify for financial support under any of the above mentioned schemes.


The successful applicant will be eligible for a Tuition fee, Student Contribution Charge, USI fee and Student Capitation Charge waiver for the duration of their course or until such time as they become eligible for the previously mentioned schemes.


In addition to the criteria above, applicants:

  • Must meet the academic eligibility criteria for their chosen MTU Undergraduate course through the CAO or Direct Application route for a full-time programme;
  • Be living in the Republic of Ireland and
  • Be able to live within commuting distance of campus during the course of their studies.
  • More details on academic eligibility may be found below.



The Sanctuary Scholarship Award requires both a traditional academic application to MTU through the CAO or via Direct Applications (for certain courses on the MTU Kerry Campus) to full-time programmes, and a separate scholarship application.

Applications for scholarships will be open to those who do not already hold a higher education qualification and who are applying for full-time undergraduate degree courses from levels 6 to 8 through the following routes:

  • Leaving Certificate,
  • QQI FET/FETAC and/or
  • Mature Student entry. 

Entry requirements for each course can be found on

CAO applicants can use the CAO change of mind facility. Applicants should use the CAO Change of Mind facility wisely, to maximise their chances of gaining entry.

We would encourage applicants to apply for as many of our courses as possible, depending on your genuine study interests and eligibility.

Please note that mature applicants are advised to make changes to their course options before 1 May 2024 only (contact for additional information).


Important: Please note the scheme does not provide support with the costs of accommodation.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria will not be considered for a Sanctuary Scholarship.


Applications for entry September 2024 are expected to open in May 2024. 



If you have any questions regarding the MTU Sanctuary Scholarships, please contact


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