The purpose of the 1916 Bursary is to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from groups most under-represented in higher education. In order to be considered for a bursary, applicants must meet College Entry, Financial and Priority Group eligibility criteria. Each college has a limited number of bursaries; they will be awarded to the eligible applicants that present the greatest need.
Application dates for 2023 will be confirmed here in the near future.
Making an Online Application
Applications can only be made online via a link on your college or university’s 1916 Bursary webpage. You can only apply from a PC/laptop or mobile device. An application you have started can be re-opened anytime on the same device up until the closing date. If you started your application on one device but did not complete it, you cannot re-open the same application on a different device. In this case, you can either access your application on the first device or start a new application on a second PC/laptop or mobile device. To continue an application or start a new one, simply click on the application link on your college or university’s 1916 Bursary webpage. Any duplicate applications will be deleted. You can only complete one application. Only fully completed and submitted applications will be assessed for a 1916 Bursary.
Privacy Notice and Consent to Share Personal Data
This Privacy Notice and Consent to share personal data policy applies to the following Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) participating in the 1916 Bursary:
Data Protection Notice
The HEIs participating in the 1916 Bursary take your privacy seriously. Any personal data which you provide in your application for the 1916 Bursary will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation. This notice sets out details of the information that we collect, how we process it and who we share it with. It also explains your rights under data protection law in relation to our processing of your data.
Who we are:
Throughout this Notice, “we”, “us” and “our” refers to the (HEIs participating in the 1916 Bursary). For more information about us, please refer to our website: www.1916bursary.ie
How we collect your personal data
We collect your data from you when you complete this application form.
We also receive your data from:
• Central Application Office (CAO);
• Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI);
•Your higher education institution (HEI);
• An external Geo-Coding company.
The purpose and legal basis for collecting your data
Any personal data you provide to us via this application form and from CAO, SUSI, your HEI and the external Geo-Coding company will be processed fairly and lawfully. By applying for the 1916 Bursary you will be required to provide us with the following personal data:
• Name, address, Eircode, date of birth, CAO number, mobile phone number, email address, country of birth, gender, nationality;
• SUSI W Reference Number (if relevant to you);
• Your college entry route, HEI and programme of study;
• The priority group(s) you belong to and additional personal circumstances;
• Name of your secondary school if relevant;
• If you are eligible for the HEAR scheme
• If you are eligible for the DARE scheme;
It will be used for the purposes of:
• contacting you about your application;
• verification of your identity;
• the assessment of your application;
• assessing your eligibility for the 1916 Bursary;
• the selection of and award to successful applicants;
• anonymised data will be used for reporting and evaluation purposes.
The Data Protection Acts allows us to process your data because you have provided your explicit consent. You are entitled to withdraw your consent at any time. If you do not give your consent or withdraw your consent, we will no longer process your personal data and your application to the 1916 Bursary cannot be considered. We will take steps to delete all reference to your data securely.
Details of third parties with whom we share personal data
(name of 1 of 6 clusters and HEIs) will share your data with the following third parties where necessary for purposes of the processing outlined above:
• CAO: Your application number, and CAO number will be provided to CAO so they can verify you have received an offer from (name of 1 of 6 clusters and HEIs), the entry route, eligibility for the HEAR and / or DARE schemes and the category of your disability if you are eligible for DARE (if relevant to you).
• SUSI: Your application number, SUSI reference number and your date of birth will be provided to SUSI so they can provide confirmation of: eligibility for the Special Rate of Maintenance, first time college entrant, first time mature student (if relevant to you).
• Your HEI: Your application number and CAO number will be provided to you college so they can confirm your registration, entry route, registration with the Disability Support Service and the nature of your disability. If your application is successful and you are to be awarded a 1916 Bursary the following details will be shared with your HEI: Name, Date OF Birth, CAO number, address, eircode, priority group(s) you belong to, and additional personal circumstances information (if relevant to you).
• An external Geo-Coding company: Your application number and your eircode will be provided to the Geo-Coding company so they can confirm if you are living in a disadvantaged area or otherwise.
• (name of 1 of 6 clusters and HEIs), the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science: Anonymised, aggregate data will be shared in order to comply with reporting and evaluation requirements.
Cross-border data transfers
The data is not subject to any cross-border transfer.
How long we will keep your data
In keeping with the data protection principles we will only store your data for as long as is necessary.
You have various rights under data protection law, subject to certain exemptions, in connection with our processing of your personal data, including the right:
• to find out if we use your personal data, access your personal data and receive copies of your personal data;
• to have inaccurate/incomplete information corrected and updated;
• in certain circumstances, to have your details deleted from systems that we use to process your personal data or have the use of your personal data restricted in certain ways;
• to object to certain processing of your data by 1916 Bursary Application Unit
• to exercise your right to data portability where applicable (i.e. obtain a copy of your personal data in a commonly used electronic form;
• where we have relied upon consent as a lawful basis for processing, to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
• to not be subject to solely automated decision;
If you wish to avail of these rights, please write to: The Information Compliance Manager at your college or university.
Questions or Complaints
If you have any queries in relation to your application to the 1916 Bursary please contact a member of the Access staff in your college or university.
If you have any queries or complaints in connection with our processing of your personal data, you can contact the Information Compliance Manager at your college or university.
You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commission if you are unhappy with our processing of your personal data. Details of how to lodge a complaint can be found on the Data Protection Commission’s website (www.dataprotection.ie), or by telephoning 1890 252 231.
In submitting this form, you understand and agree that your personal details will be used by the 1916 Bursary Application Unit for the purposes outlined above.
I have read and accept the Privacy Notice and Consent to share personal data for the purpose of my 1916 Bursary application.
Yes (I consent to the processing of personal data)
No (If you select this box you are withdrawing from the application process)
You should enter your name as it appears on any documentation you may later provide as part of your application, such as your SUSI application, Department of Social Protection Payment or on your Passport.
Permanent Home Address (not term address)
Please enter your full home address and Eircode in the Irish State. This is essential as it is used to verify if you live in an area that experiences socio-economic disadvantage and to verify any documentation submitted.
An Eircode is relevant to assess if you live in an area that experiences socio economic disadvantage. To find your Eircode see the Eircode Finder at www.eircode.ie
To complete the Personal Information section you will also need to enter your:
- Date of Birth (in the format dd/mm/yyyy)
- Email address (you will be asked to enter this again for verification)
- Mobile phone number
- Country of Birth (select from a drop down list)
- Country of Nationality (select from a drop down list)
- Gender (select from a drop down list)
You will also be asked if you are applying as a:
- Full-time Student or
- Part-time Student or
- Full-time Student, applied directly to the College and entering year 2 of a programme, having not attended third level previously.
It is essential that you provide your correct 8 digit CAO number. You will find your CAO number on any e-mail or statement that you receive from CAO (you will be asked to enter this again for verification).
College Entry Criteria
To be eligible for a 1916 Bursary you must meet the following College Entry Criteria:
- Are you a new entrant, pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2023-2024 academic year?
- Have you been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years on the date of which the first year of study commences?
Only applicants who have lived in the Irish State for 3 of the past 5 years can proceed with a 1916 Bursary application.
- Are you studying an approved full-time or part-time undergraduate course?*
*an approved fulltime or part-time undergraduate course leading to a major higher education and training award at Level 6 (Higher Certificate), Level 7 (Ordinary Bachelor Degree), Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree) on the national framework of qualifications or equivalent awards that take not less than two years to complete.
If you answer ‘no’ to any of these questions you will not be able to proceed with a 1916 Bursary application.
In this section, you must show that your household/family income meets the criteria for the SUSI Special Rate in the year ending 31 December 2022. This financial criteria is required for you to be considered eligible for a 1916 Bursary. The SUSI Special Rate of grants has 3 thresholds based on how many dependent children are in the household. Less than 4 = €25,000; 4 to 7 = €27,400; 8 or more = €29,702. The income threshold increases by €4,950 per additional person in college.
You can show evidence of this by either; allowing SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) to confirm that you were awarded the Special Rate SUSI grant and / or providing a receipt of a Department Social Protection (DSP) long term means-tested social welfare payment. If you have not applied to SUSI you are required to submit relevant financial documentation with your application.
If you wish to allow SUSI to confirm your eligibility, you will need to provide your SUSI reference number. This reference number begins with a ‘W’ and is provided to you be SUSI when you start your SUSI application. If you do not have a ‘W’ reference number you can provide your PPS Number:
You will be asked to confirm your consent to the sharing of your personal data with SUSI. If you do not provide your consent to the sharing of personal data with SUSI, you must upload relevant supporting financial documentation in order for your application to be assessed.
If you have not applied to SUSI or if your application to SUSI was refused, you can provide evidence of your income in 2022 by one or more of the following documents in the table below. For any paper documents, you will need to create scanned electronic copies of them to upload online. Please note, you can only upload one digital file per question in the online application. If you have two or more documents to upload per question you need to create a single digital file first. Please see the supporting documentation section or the FAQ on uploading documents.
|Income||Supporting Document||Additional Information|
|Department Social Protection (DSP) payment||Full DSP statement of payments for 2022||You can request a DSP statement for 2022 through mywelfare.ie or from your local community welfare office/Intreo Office|
|Self-employed income||Notice of Assessment / Self-Assessment Letter for the year 2022||You can request a Notice of Assessment / Self-Assessment for 2022 from the relevant person’s account at www.revenue.ie|
|Income from Employment (PAYE)||Statement of Liability 2022. Note: An end of year employment summary pdf is not a statement of liability||A Status of Liability (formerly called End of year statement - P21) for 2022 can be requested from the relevant person(s) revenue account at www.revenue.ie A Status of Liability/End of year statement is a 2-sided document, please include a pdf copy of both the front and back page|
|Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)||Letter from an Educational Training Board (ETB) or Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) College where you attended confirming the total amount earned in 2022.||The letter must be on headed paper, signed and dated by an official in the ETB or PLC you attended in 2022|
|TUS/CE/RSS Schemes||Statement of Liability (formally called End of year statement - P21) for the year ended 31 December 2022||A Status of Liability for 2022 can be requested from the relevant person(s) revenue account at www.revenue.ie A Status of Liability/End of year statement is a 2-sided document, please include a pdf copy of both the front and back page|
|Self-Employed and Farmers||A copy of Notice of Assessment/Self-Assessment Letter Chapter 4 or 5 for the year ended 31 December 2022||You can request a Notice of Assessment / Self-Assessment for 2022 from the relevant person’s account at www.revenue.ie|
|Non-Irish Income/Welfare Payments Official||Documentation from the country to show the total income received for year ending 31 December 2022|
Priority Groups Criteria
To be considered for the 1916 Bursary Fund applicants must be from at least one of the priority groups listed below. You should select ALL priority groups relevant to you:
- I am a student with a disability
- I live in an area that experiences socio-economic disadvantage.*
- I am a student that experiences socio-economic disadvantage**
- I am a member of the Irish Traveller Community
- I am a member of the Roma Community
- I (the applicant) am a lone parent or teen parent in receipt of a long-term means-tested Department of Social Protection payment.
- I am eligible for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) Scheme.
- I (the applicant) am a carer in receipt of carer’s allowance
- I am a first time, mature entrant or 2nd chance mature student***
- I am a student entering on the basis of a QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) or Further Education award.
- I am a student who is a migrant, refugee or from ethnic minority who is lawfully present in the State
*To be eligible under the ‘area that experiences socio-economic disadvantage’ priority group, an applicant’s home address must be categorised as disadvantaged, very disadvantaged or extremely disadvantaged on the ‘small area’ ranking of the 2016 Pobal HP Deprivation index. For further information see https://maps.pobal.ie/WebApps/DeprivationIndices/index.html
**Students who qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant under the Student Grant Scheme (SUSI) and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection (DSP) payment are considered to be socio-economically disadvantaged.
*** Second-chance socio-economically disadvantaged mature students. Such students may be considered for a bursary where they have:
-previously attended but not completed a course,
-had a three-year break in studies since leaving the course, and
-are returning to attend an approved course.
For applicants with a disability:
Evidence of your disability is required to support your application. You will be asked to select how we can verify this information.
- I was deemed eligible in 2023 for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) Scheme and this together with the nature of my disability can be verified directly by my college.
- I am registered with the Disability Support Service in my college and this together with the nature of my disability can be verified directly by my college.
- I will submit evidence of my disability from an appropriate medical professional.
If you choose the last option to ‘submit evidence’ of your disability you will need this from an appropriate medical professional, please refer to http://accesscollege.ie/dare/providing-evidence-of-your-disability/ for guidance on the correct documentation for your particular disability.
For applicants who live in an area that experiences socio-economic disadvantage
You are not required to provide supporting documentation that you are from an area that experiences socio-economic disadvantage, this will be verified using the home address and Eircode that you have provided.
For applicants who experience socio-economic disadvantage
The evidence that you have already provided in the Financial Criteria section of your application will be used to verify if you qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant under the Student Grant Scheme (SUSI) and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection (DSP) payment.
For applicants from the Irish Traveller Community
If you self-declare that you are a member of the Irish Traveller Community, you are not required to provide supporting documentation of this as part of the online application however you may be asked to provide further information later.
For applicants from the Roma Community
If you self-declare that you are a member of the Roma Community, you are not required to provide supporting documentation of this as part of the online application however you may be asked to provide further information later.
For applicants who are Carers
A letter or statement from the Department of Social Protection (DSP) confirming the applicant is in receipt of a long-term means-tested carer’s allowance.
For applicants who are a Lone Parent or Teen Parent
You will be asked to submit one of the following:
- Evidence of being in receipt of a long-term DSP One Parent Family payment in 2022
- Evidence of being in receipt of a long-term DSP One Parent Transitional payment in 2022
- Letter from DSP stating that the applicant is currently or was formally on a One Parent Family payment and met the criteria of a lone parent
- (in the case of a teen parent only) Evidence of being in receipt of a Child Benefit payment in 2023 or earlier
For applicants who are HEAR Entrants
HEAR entrants are not required to provide supporting documentation of this as part of the online application, this will be verified by your higher education institution
For applicants who are Mature Student Entrant or 2nd Chance Mature student
You are not required to provide supporting documentation that you are a First Time Mature Student or 2nd Chance Mature student, this will be verified by your higher education institution and / or SUSI.
For applicants who are QQI entrants
QQI Entrants are not required to provide supporting documentation that you are QQI entrant, this will be verified by your CAO or higher education institution
For applicants who are migrants, refugees or from ethnic minorities who are lawfully present in the State
- Official letter from the Department of Justice and Equality confirming the specific ‘right and permission to remain’ or naturalisation of applicant and/or parent/dependent
- Photocopy of passport(s); This is to include the applicant’s passport and if necessary a copy of the applicant’s parents/guardian’s country of origin passport and Irish/EU/EEA or Swiss confederation passport if possible
- Copy of the applicant’s Irish Residence Permit (IRP) that details your Visa stamp details. For more info please see: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/inis/Pages/irish-residence-permit
In this section, you will be asked for any additional information that will allow us to determine your level of need. If you tick ‘yes’ to any of these questions you will be asked to provide additional documentation (with 2 exceptions detailed below). If none of these questions apply to you and you indicate ‘no’ to all of these questions, you will still be able to complete an application for a 1916 Bursary.
- If you were in the Care of the State/TUSLA (the Child and Family Agency). Please submit a letter from TUSLA or official associated agency confirming you are/were in the care of the state and the dates of care.
- If you are or were previously homeless, please submit a letter from the Health Service Executive (HSE), Homeless Support Service/Agency to confirm that you are/were homeless.
- If you are or were previously living in a Direct Provision Centre*, please submit a letter from the Department of Justice or a registered Direct Provision Centre confirming that you (the applicant) were residing in or is transitioning out of a Direct Provision Centre OR a full DSP statement for 2022 showing you (the applicant) was in receipt of the Daily Expenses Allowance.
*Please Note: Students who are currently living in direct provision are not eligible for support under the 1916 Bursary Fund; the only exception is in respect of those residents who have been granted either refugee status, subsidiary protection status or leave to remain, and who are currently transitioning out of direct provision.
- If you are or were living in supported accommodation, please submit a letter from the Health Service Executive (HSE), local authority, TUSLA or registered Charity/Agency confirming you (the applicant) resides in Supported Accommodation and the relevant dates.
- If you have experience of the criminal justice system, specifically if you were convicted of a crime which resulted in having a criminal record, you are not required to provide supporting documentation of this as part of the online application however you may be asked to provide further information later.
- If you self-declare that you are a survivor of Domestic Violence, you are not required to provide supporting documentation of this as part of the online application however you may be asked to provide further information later.
Entry Route Information
What entry route did you use to access higher education?
- Direct Entry from Leaving Cert
- Mature Student Entry Route
- Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI/FETAC)
- I am applying as a part-time student
- I am entering directly into year 2 of a programme, having not attended third level previously
If you selected ‘yes’ to the ‘Direct entry from Leaving Certificate’ question you will be asked if you attended a DEIS (designated disadvantaged) second level school. If you did, you will also be asked to select the county and the name of the DEIS school you attended. You will also be prompted to enter the years you attended the school and asked to submit a letter from the DEIS second level school(s) confirming your attendance.
If you select any of the other entry route information options you will automatically proceed to the final part of the application.
Terms and Conditions
The final stage of your application is to read each of the following statements carefully and declare that you agree to them. If you do not agree to all statements you will not be eligible to be considered under the 1916 Bursary 2023/2024.
• I understand that the information supplied in this application is accurate and complete.
• I understand that if I have misrepresented myself or given false declaration I will be ineligible for the 1916 Bursary.
• I understand that the 1916 Bursary application processor shall only process my data for the purpose for which I provide it to the extent necessary to process my application in line with the regulations attached to this Bursary.
• I agree that the financial details of my application and supporting documentation may be reviewed by independent personnel and understand they will be treated confidentially.
• I understand and consent to the sharing of personal data with an external geo coding company to assist with the assessment of this application.
• I understand that the 1916 Bursary application processor may contact the source(s) of my supporting documentation for verification / clarification purposes.
• I give permission to the 1916 Bursary application processor to use information already provided as part of my CAO / HEAR / DARE application to assist with the assessment of this application.
• I understand that some of my aggregate and anonymised data will be shared with the Higher Education Institutions for the purposes of operating a central application process
• I understand that my aggregate and anonymised data will be shared with the funding authority of the 1916 Bursary (Higher Education Authority) and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science).
• The 1916 Bursary is subject to ongoing evaluation and research. I understand that only my aggregate and anonymised data will be used for research and evaluation purposes
• I agree to provide additional information as required. I understand if I refuse to supply requested additional information, I may be excluded from the bursary application process.
• I am aware of the appeals process and agree to abide by the decision of the appeals panel on any appeal I may submit.
• I am aware that I can view my personal data and I can withdraw my consent at any time. I am aware that withdrawing my consent will exclude me from the 1916 Bursary application process
• I understand that my data will be held for a period of ten years in line with statutory legal requirements
I confirm that I have read and accept all the terms and conditions outlined above.
- Yes I have read and accept the terms and conditions outlined above.
- No (if you select ‘no’ you will not be allowed to submit a 1916 Bursary application)
Following the submission of your application
A successful submission will trigger an automated email to the email address you entered in your application form:
Dear (name of applicant),
Many thanks for submitting your application for the 1916 Bursary.
If you would like to make any edits to the application you can do so before the closing date by clicking on the below link.
Please click here to edit your application form.
The 1916 Bursary
Additional Questions and Contacts for Queries
- Check the Frequently Asked Questions webpage to see if your query is dealt with there
- There is also the 1916 Bursary Applicant Guidelines webpage – clearly explaining the application process step by step
- Please see the Application Explainer video for an overview of the entire application process
- There is clear guidance provided throughout the online application form.
- Each of the Participating Colleges have a contact email for applicants to follow up with before and during the application process