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1916 Bursary

1916 Student Bursaries

The 1916 Bursary Fund was announced in 2018 by the Minister for Education and Skills.  The purpose of this funding is to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education due to socio-economic disadvantage.

The South Cluster of Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) has been awarded 35 bursaries in total. Up to seven bursaries will be made available for CIT students. The bursaries are to the amount of €5,000 for each year of an undergraduate programme. The South Cluster Partnership of HEI's consist of Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork, Institute of Technology Tralee and Waterford Institute of Technology 



Applications are invited from students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds in one or more of the following categories:


  • Students from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • 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 (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees);
  • Students who are or were in the Care of the State



Household Income

In order to be considered for a bursary, your household / family income must be less than €45,790 and you must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage (i.e. membership of one or more of the categories listed above is not enough in itself).


Please note: 

  • Application is limited to those in Year 1 of their (undergraduate) programme only.
  • Applicants from those currently repeating Year 1 of their undergraduate programme will only be considered in cases where evidence is supplied that a significant life event was the reason for poor performance in the last academic year. Examples of such life events include major ill health which was certified at the time, pregnancy, bereavement in the immediate family.
  • Part-time students may apply provided the student is registered on an undergraduate programme.


As it is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available, the partner institutions will prioritise those who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed above and the institutions will give due regard to ensuring that the benefit of the bursaries is maximised.


The decision on the final recipients of the bursaries will be made by the four third-level institutions named above. You are advised that staff in all four institutions will review applications from each institution i.e. your application may be reviewed by staff from all four institutions.