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MTU Cork Sanctuary Scholarships

MTU Cork in partnership with the Tomar Trust granted Sanctuary Scholarships to asylum seeker and refugee students wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree course in MTU Cork from September 2020.


  • The application process for 2020 academic year is now closed


Information on the 2020 Sanctuary Scholarships Scheme is available below.


MTU Cork Sanctuary Scholarships 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants (1) must be an asylum seeker or a refugee who is not eligible for the state Free Fees scheme (2) Must meet the academic eligibility criteria for their chosen MTU Cork degree course through the CAO route (including the Mature Student Entry route which closed on 1st February 2020) (3) Be living in the Republic of Ireland and (4) Be able to live in commuting distance to Cork during the course of their studies.


More details on academic eligibility are below. Please note the scheme does not include accommodation support. For queries please contact sanctuary@cit.ie


General advice for applicants to MTU Cork Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme for September 2020


  1. The Sanctuary Scholarship award requires both a traditional academic application to MTU Cork through the CAO, and a separate scholarship application. The scholarship application form will be made available from March 2020, and CLOSED ON 5th May 2020 at 5pm
  2. Applications for scholarships will be open to those applying for undergraduate degree courses through the following CAO routes: Leaving Certificate, QQI FET/FETAC and/or Mature Student entry (note: Mature Student CAO applications closed on 1st February 2020). Entry requirements for each course can be found in the MTU Cork full time undergraduate prospectus www.cit.ie/prospectivestudents/getcitprospectus
  3. Ensure that you apply to MTU Cork through the CAO route (Leaving Certificate or QQI) before May 1st 2020. Those wishing to apply for the Mature Student Route should note the CAO deadline has now closed (as of 1st February 2020).
  4. Those who have applied using the Mature Student Route have a limited opportunity to change the CAO courses they wish to apply for after February 1st 2019. Applicants may be called for interview is some cases. Additional information can be found on the MTU Cork Matures page  www.cit.ie/maturestudent
  5. Non-Mature Student (under 23 years of age on Jan 1st 2020) applicants making an application through the CAO with a view to obtaining a Sanctuary Scholarship, are advised to tick the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) box, and complete the HEAR application process (which is only available on applications submitted by 1st February 2020).  Read more about the HEAR Scheme.
  6. Non-Mature Student applicants can use the CAO change of mind facility until 1st July 2020. See CAO guidance here.
  7. Non-Mature Student applicants should use the CAO Change of Mind facility wisely, as this may help gain a better chance of gaining entry into MTU Cork. We would encourage you to apply for as many MTU Cork courses as possible, depending on your genuine study interests and eligibility. The CAO Change of Mind facility is open until 1st July 2020.


Please note that your separate Sanctuary Scholarship application won't be disadvantaged if the MTU Cork course discussed in your scholarship application is not the MTU Cork course you are offered in the end. Any personal statements about coming to MTU Cork should focus on your first preference MTU Cork course, and not on other MTU Cork courses you have applied for. Application marks will be awarded and checked by members of the MTU Cork Sanctuary Scholarship Committee.