Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application Autumn 2020

Closing date for applications is 23rd October 2020, 5pm

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.

The following rules apply to the Graduate Bursary:

  1. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be either:On the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list and indicated as meeting the qualification requirements for room leader – higher capitation.

       Or

  1. The applicant must hold a letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA which states that the qualification meets the standard for the higher capitation rate.
  1. The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2014 – 2020.
  2. The bursary amount will be €750.
  3. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
  4. Letters from third level education providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award should not be accepted.
To read more, please click here.

6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).

7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before i.e. the bursary will be paid for one of the following – a level 7 OR a level 8 OR a level 9 qualification.

8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.

9. The bursary is available to experienced practitioners only; applicants must have been working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Servicerior to beginning their course.

10. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.

11. Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.

12. Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.

Please Note:

With regard to (5) above: Only students who have registered for and successfully completed a Level 7, 8 or 9 Award are eligible. In some specific cases, students who have registered for a Level 8 Award but successfully completed and exited with a Level 7 Major Award are eligible. This is only possible in 3 colleges as follows: National College of Ireland (Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education), Cork IT (BA in Early Years Education), London Metropolitan University offered through Portobello Institute (BA [Ord] Early Childhood Studies) as they appear on the DCYA published list of qualifications. Students enrolled in these courses who are continuing with their studies are not eligible for the Graduate Bursary until they fully complete their studies.

With regard to (8) above: DCYA is aware that an increasing number of qualified practitioners choose to pursue post-graduate education to further advance their practice, but is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this. If an applicant does not have an eligible undergraduate degree, and has a post-graduate award which is not on the published list, they should apply for qualifications recognition as a priority.

Sharing of data with relevant parties: The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with both European Union and Irish data protection legislation. See DCYA Privacy Notice: www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/aboutus/20180822_DCYADataPrivacyNotice.pdf

The CCC decision is final: There is no appeals process for the Graduate Bursary payment. The decision of the CCC is final for the purposes of the bursary application and process, and no delays to the timely conclusion of the process should occur. If an applicant is not approved and wants clarification on this, they can contact DCYA directly.

Application requirements:

  1. Application form to be completed in full and by the deadline specified.
  2. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learing & Care service.
  • Supporting qualifications documentation (including photographic identification) must be provided with the application form.
  1. In lieu of graduating certificates, transcripts from the third level education institution can be accepted.
  2. The transcripts must be in document/hard copy form and endorsed by the institution; screenshots of online student records cannot be accepted.
  3. The transcript can only be accepted if it clearly shows that the full award has been achieved.

Timeframe for applications:

14th September Call for applications open by CCCs
23rd October All forms must be fully completed and returned (incl. photographic evidence) by email to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 23rd October 2020.
Week of 7th December CCCs pay approved applicants

Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application Autumn 2019

Closing date for applications is 27th September 2019, 5pm. 

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.

  1. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCYA Early Learning and Care Recognised Qualifications list.
  2. The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and was achieved in the academic years 2013-2019.
  3. The bursary amount will be €750.
  4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary will not be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
  5. A letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA stating that the applicant may work as an ECCE room leader at the higher capitation rate can also be accepted.
To read more, please click here.

6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Learning and Care sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).

7.  Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it  before

8. The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.

9. The bursary is only available to experienced practitioners who were working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care service prior to beginning their course.

10. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.

11. Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.

12. Applicants can apply with a full transcript of the completed degree in lieu of a graduating certificate. A full transcript; can be obtained from the educational institution and must show clearly that the learner has been awarded the full degree.  Screenshots or downloads from student accounts / portals will cannot be accepted.

13. Late or incomplete applications; will not be accepted.

14. Decision of the CCC is final and cannot be appealed.

Timeframe for applications: 

19th August Call for applications open by CCCs 
27th September All forms must be fully completed and returned BY POST OR BY HAND to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 27th September 2019

To get your application form, please contact Bernie on  043-3342505 or by email on bernie@longfordchildcare.ie

1916 Bursary : 2019 Academic year

Online application process is now open

Closing date for applications is 4th October 2019, 4pm.

 MEND Cluster :  Athlone IT, DCU, Dundalk IT and Maynooth University;

applicants should have applied to at least one of the four colleges.

The 1916 Bursary Fund was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills on 30 December, 2017. The purpose of this funding is to encourage participation and success by people from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education due to socio-economic disadvantage. This funding will support the awarding of 200 new bursaries.  The bursaries are  €5,000 for each year of an undergraduate programme.   There are a total of 40 bursaries available within the cluster.

To read more, please click here.

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

Mature students

Lone parents

Those from a Socio-economic background with low participation rates in higher education

Irish Travellers

Students with a Disability

FET Award Holders

Ethnic Minorities/children in the care of the State

Application is limited to those entering 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.

Those applying for first year of part-time undergraduate courses may apply.

Household Income

In order to be considered for a bursary, household / family income must be less than €24K.

Prioritisation

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.

Application Deadline:

The application processes now open and  closes at 4pm on Oct. 4, 2019.

Application Form:

Potential applicants should read the eligibility criteria before applying.

Please find below a link to the 1916 Bursaries Application Form:

https://www.ait.ie/life-at-ait/student-supports/1916-bursary-fund