The 1916 Bursary Fund is now open for applications.


The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills. The Bursary is being offered to undergraduate students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage who are commencing third level education in September 2020 for the first time and will fund the entire duration of a student’s programme of study. AIT has 10 bursaries available in the academic year 2020/ 2021. Each student who is awarded the bursary will receive €5,000 each year of their undergraduate course up to a maximum of four years for full-time students and six years for part-time students. The Bursary application from will be available from June 30.

Closing date for applications is Oct. 30, 2020.

Bursary details for AIT will be available at this link:…/student-supports/1916-bursary-fund

1916 Bursary
1916 Bursary

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 students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.

All 1916 Bursary recipients must be economically disadvantaged AND from one 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;
  • those entering on the basis of a further education award;
  • lone parents who have been confirmed by the Department of Social Affairs and Employment Protection as holding a means-tested social welfare payment; or
  • ethnic minorities.

Students must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level (the special rate) of SUSI grant and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Affairs and Employment Protection means-tested social welfare payment.

Funding was provided for the award of 200 bursaries in each of the three academic years commencing 2017/18. Each bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum.

In February 2020 the Department of Education and Skills announced the rollout of the 1916 bursary fund for a further 3 years starting in 2020/21.

The following is a list of eligible higher education institutions under the 1916 Bursary Fund:

Applications for a 1916 Bursary should be made directly to these higher education institutions. Further information on the application process is available from the website or access office of the institution in which you intend to study.

This funding is being provided under strand 2 of PATH (Programme for Access to Higher Education).

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