1916 Bursary Fund

What is the 1916 Bursary Fund?

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently under-represented in higher education. 

The Bursary is being offered to undergraduate students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage who are commencing third level education in September 2019 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study.

All of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are awarding the Bursaries as regional clusters. The Midlands East & North Dublin (MEND) cluster is made up of four (HEIs) - Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dublin City University (DCU), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University (MU).  The MEND cluster have a total of 40 bursaries available to award to students applying to these (HEIs). 

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate course of study.

The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full-time students and six years for part-time students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

The Bursaries are targeted at students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and who are from one or more of the following socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education: 

First time, mature student entrants

Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students who are 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)

People who are or were in the care of the state

Please read the Data Protection Notice prior to completing the application form.

  • I have a question

    I Have a Question - FAQs

     

    1.   What is MEND

    MEND is the Midlands, East and North Dublin region, made up of four Higher Education Institutions (HEIs): Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT); Dublin City University (DCU); Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT); and Maynooth University (MU).

    2.   Who can apply?

    Detailed criteria are provided above.  In summary, students applying to year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2020/21), full or part-time, with a household reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2019, who are in the identified target groups, who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and experiencing significant financial hardship, can apply.

    3.   What does “Socio-Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary?
    This term usually means that you live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage where not many people from that area go on to third level education by tradition or for financial reasons. You may have attended a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school.  Your family income may mean that you may not be able to go to college without financial help.  You may be from a socio-economic group that is under-represented in higher education.  All of these factors, either individually or often combine, to mean that you have additional social and financial barriers to accessing higher education.

    4.   Who cannot apply?

    Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for 'entering' First Year students only.

    Postgraduate students.

    Students who have already received a qualification at the same level.

    Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.

    Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum reckonable income limit, currently €24,500 gross for the family in 2019. 

    5. What is reckonable income.

    Reckonable income is income excluding any income disregard.

    6.   How do I apply?

    You print off the application form. Please fully complete this application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Information provided on this application form will be utilised for shortlisting of applicants. AIT 1916 Bursary application forms must be received BY POST ONLY, to the address below, on or before Oct.30, 2020.

    AIT 1916 Bursary Fund

    Access Office

    Athlone Institute of Technology

    Dublin Road

    Athlone

    Co. Westmeath

    Application forms will not be accepted after this date.  Please retain proof of postage. All AIT 1916 Bursary Fund applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application to their student email address. If you have not received an email by the 6th of November please e email tryan@ait.ie.

    7.   How will my data be treated?

    AIT  Data Protection Policy – 1916 Bursary

    All of the higher education institutions are administering the 1916 Bursary Scheme on a regional basis, known as clusters. One of the clusters is the Midlands, East and North Dublin (MEND). This is made up of four higher education institutions: Dublin City University (DCU), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University (MU).

    By completing an application in 2020 for the 1916 Bursary, you will be submitting your personal data to AIT and if you appeal an unsuccessful application, your personal data will be shared with staff in the above-named MEND institutions involved in the Appeal process. These are: Dublin City University (DCU), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Maynooth University (MU). AIT is the Data Controller in relation to your personal data (see ‘Data Protection Rules’ below). Certain elements of your personal data will also be shared with the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

    Personal data that you submit using this application form will be used only for the purpose of processing your application for the 1916 Bursary. Your data will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Policies of each Organisation.  The website links and contact emails for each are listed at the end of this statement.

    Why do we need your data?    By applying for the 1916 Bursary you will be required to provide us with the following personal data: 

    Name, address, Eircode, date of birth, mobile phone number, email address, country of birth, nationality

    If it applies to you, information about: the Free Fees Scheme, your residency status in Ireland, your main entry route into the college, and the HEAR/DARE Schemes.

    Information in your own words about: your educational hopes and aspirations; your financial situation, and your personal circumstances.

    In relation to the Bursary, this personal data is necessary for:

    verification of your identity

    the assessment of your application,

    eligibility for the Bursary fund

    the selection of successful applicants,

    the provision of additional supports.

    Separately, an anonymised version of your information will be shared with the HEA, in order to comply with the 1916 Bursary Scheme’s reporting requirements.If you do not provide the requested data and agree to the above, your application for the Bursary cannot be processed.

    Data protection rules: Data protection concerns the safeguarding of privacy rights in relation to the processing of your personal data. This includes any information that can identify you.  This may, for example, include a name, email address, date of birth or telephone number.  We must comply with of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018 when we collect and use your personal data. We act as ‘Data Controllers’ in respect of your personal data, and comply with our responsibilities under these laws. 

    How your personal information will be used: We will only process such data for the purpose for which you provide it and to the extent necessary to process your application in line with the regulations attached to this Bursary. You have the right to withdraw your consent to processing and you also have the right to access any personal data relating to you on request (see ‘Your Rights’ section, below). The personal data you submit will be held for a period of 10 years. The personal data may be disclosed by each Organisation to relevant internal staff and agents in order assess this application and to deliver support services to you. We may also share personal data with government departments, statutory bodies and funding agencies where this is required under legislation or for the provision of services to you.

    Security: The submitted application forms will be stored securely with access is only available to named members of AIT staff involved in assessing the applications. A record of responses is generated as applicants submit their forms and is converted to a Microsoft Excel file.  Application details will be stored on a secure network, and password protected.

    Your rights: Under data protection rules, you have rights as a ‘data subject’. These rights include:

    The right to be informed about what happens to information relating to you (personal data) (Articles 12-14 of GDPR);

    The right to access information relating to you which is held by AIT (Article 15, GDPR);

    The right to rectification, to correct any errors in your personal data (Articles 16 & 19, GDPR);

    The right to erasure, to delete/destroy information relating to you which is held by AIT (Articles 17 & 19, GDPR);

    This right is not absolute and we may have to keept some data in line with legal requirements of the Bursary.

    The right to data portability (Article 20, GDPR);

    The right to object to processing of information relating to you (Article 21, GDPR);

    The right of restriction, to limit the way AIT uses information relating to you (Article 18, GDPR); and,

    Rights in relation to automated decision making, including profiling (Article 22, GDPR).

    Who to contact: If you have any questions in relation to how your personal data is used by that higher education institution, you may contact that institution’s Data Protection Officer (dp@ait.ie). If you have any questions in relation to access, supports or the 1916 Bursary Scheme, you may contact the Access Office (access@ait.ie).  To find out more about how AIT processes personal data go to www.ait.ie/gdpr. In addition, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) is the official authority overseeing data protection in Ireland. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the DPC if you believe your personal data is being processed by us unlawfully. To find out more information about how to make a complaint to the DPC, please visit dataprotection.ie

    Consent declaration: You are required to indicated the following on the application form.  

    that you have read and fully understand the above statement and its contents

    that you consent to the obtaining, processing and retaining your personal data for the purposes described in the above statement

    You have the right to withdraw your consent for the processing of your personal data at any time before the grant is paid.  When you withdraw consent your application will be stopped and all the information you have submitted to us will be confidentially destroyed. 

    We will retain your notice to withdraw consent.

     

    8.   Can I get the 1916 Bursary and SUSI?

    Yes. If you are eligible and awarded SUSI and the 1916 Bursary Fund you can keep both. The 1916 Bursary Fund is not counted as income when assessing SUSI.


    9.   Can I get the 1916 Bursary and any other Scholarship or Grant?
    No. You can get the 1916 Bursary with your SUSI, Social Welfare and you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund or Fund for Students with Disabilities, but not any other grant. 


    10.   Will the Bursary affect my SUSI application?
    The payment from the 1916 Bursary is not counted as income by SUSI. 


    11.   Will the Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment?
    The 1916 Bursary does not affect your means tested or other payments from Social Welfare.


    12.   Can I keep my Rent Allowance and Medical Card with the 1916 Bursary?
    Th
    e 1916 Bursary Fund will not be counted as income when you are being assessed for any means tested payments.


    13.   Can I apply for the Student Assistance Fund if I get the 1916 Bursary?
    Yes, you can apply. Each institution will assess applications for the Student Assistance Fund using their own processes, so it is up to them if you are granted any funding.


    14.   Can I apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities if I get the 1916 Bursary?
    Yes, you can apply. Each institution will assess applications for the Fund for Students with Disabilities using their own processes, so it is up to them if you are granted any funding.


    15.   How many Bursaries will be awarded?
    The MEND region HEIs, as outlined above, have up to forty individual Bursaries depending on the applications. There are strict criteria that must be applied.
     

    16.   What is expected of me if I am awarded a 1916 Bursary? 

    You would be expected to keep within the rules and regulations of your institution.
    You would be expected to agree to any assessment set out by your institution for your course.
    You would be expected to agree to the department managing the 1916 Bursary confirming that you have passed each year of your course.
    You would be expected to meet with a Student Advisor in your institution at least twice per year.
    You may be asked to attend or be part of events organised by the institution to increase awareness of the 1916 Bursary. This is not compulsory. You will be required to sign a Student Contract if you are successful in your application.

    17.   I am a Postgraduate Student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary?
    No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to entering and first year Undergraduate Students.


    18.   I am a continuing student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary? 
    No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to entering first year Undergraduate Students. 

    19.   I am repeating a year. Can I apply? 
    Applications from those due to repeat 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. 


    20.   If I am refused, can I appeal?
    There are two grounds for appeal:

    -That you believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e. that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that lead to you not being awarded the Bursary. 
    -That you believe “insufficient weight was given to an aspect of your application” i.e. that all your circumstances were not taken into account when your application was being reviewed and something important was not considered about your personal situation.

    No new information will be considered in your appeal. There will be a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application was assessed fairly and in line with the criteria.
     

    21.  I have been awarded the 1916 Bursary. Can I repeat a year?
    The 1916 Bursary cannot be paid for a repeat year unless the institution agrees that there were “exceptional circumstances” i.e. medical or personal reasons why you could not complete the year. You would be expected to provide written evidence of your illness or personal situation from a professional outside your family group. You would also be expected to work with the student supports within your institution during your difficulty and at a minimum have advised someone in your college that you have an issue ongoing.

    22.  I applied but was not successful in my application. Are there any other financial supports available?
    Yes.  Each institution has funds to support students experiencing financial hardship.  The biggest fund available is the Student Assistance Fund.  Further information on these supports are available here:

    AIT: https://www.ait.ie/life-at-ait/your-finances

    DCU: https://www.dcu.ie/students/finance/assistance_fund.shtml  

    DkIT: Application forms for the Student Assistant Fund (SAF) are available from Student Services reception.

    MU: Email: student.budget@mu.ie

    All students awarded the bursary will have to verify all claims made on application.

  • I want to apply

    I Want to Apply

    Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

    Students applying to Year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2019/20) or repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.

    Students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantaged and who are from one or more of the socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education listed above.

    Students must be experiencing socio-economic disadvantage regardless of the target group.

    Students must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level of SUSI grant, i.e. reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2019. Applicants must be able to provide evidence that shows they are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.

    Students must be applying for a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that:

    (a) takes not less than two years to complete,

    And

    (b) on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.

    There is no restriction on programme of study.

     

    Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

    Students who are not first time entrants to higher education who plan to start study in September/October 2020

    Students who have already received a qualification at the same level

    Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete, or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications

    Students whose reckonable income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €24,500 gross for the family in 2019

    Postgraduate students

    Students in years other than 1st year

     

    What do I need to do before I start my application form?

    You must agree to the data sharing policy in order to proceed with the application        

    Locate your 9 digit CAO number                                                                                       

    Locate your email address                                                                                                              

    Provide your phone number                                                                                            

    Find your Eircode. If you do not know it click here (https://finder.eircode.ie/#/)    

    Prepare your personal statement.          

                                              

    What should I discuss in my personal statement? 

    Educational Hopes and Aspirations.

    Consider:

    How the Bursary will help you achieve your goals and ambitions?

    Why you have chosen your course of study?

    What barriers have you faced in achieving your goals and ambitions?

     

    Financial Impact.

    Consider:

    Have you/your family experienced severe financial hardship?

    How will you support yourself and manage financially while in college?

    How would you spend the Bursary money if your application is successful?

     

    Personal Circumstances.

    Consider:

    Your personal and/or family circumstances and the barriers that you have faced in continuing your education

    Your responsibility within your family

    Do you care for siblings/and or parent(s)?

    Do you have to work part-time to support your family financially?

    Please read the personal statement sections very carefully and take some time with your responses. If there is any information that you feel should be taken into account when your application is considered, you should include it here.

     

    Please print the applications form and complete it fully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Information provided on this application form will be utilised for shortlisting of applicants. AIT 1916 Bursary application forms must be received BY POST ONLY, to the address below, on or before Oct.30, 2020

     

    AIT 1916 Bursary Fund

    Access Office

    Athlone Institute of Technology

    Dublin Road

    Athlone

    Co. Westmeath

    Applications forms will not be accepted after this date.  Please retain proof of postage.

    All AIT 1916 Bursary Fund applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application to their email address. If you have not received an email by the 6th of November, 2020 please e email tryan@ait.ie.

  • Data Protection

    AIT  Data Protection Policy – 1916 Bursary

    All of the higher education institutions are administering the 1916 Bursary Scheme on a regional basis, known as clusters. One of the clusters is the Midlands, East and North Dublin (MEND). This is made up of four higher education institutions: Dublin City University (DCU), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University (MU).

    By completing an application in 2020 for the 1916 Bursary, you will be submitting your personal data to AIT and if you appeal an unsuccessful application, your personal data will be shared with staff in the above-named MEND institutions involved in the Appeal process. These are: Dublin City University (DCU), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Maynooth University (MU). AIT is the Data Controller in relation to your personal data (see ‘Data Protection Rules’ below). Certain elements of your personal data will also be shared with the Higher Education Authority (HEA).Personal data that you submit using this application form will be used only for the purpose of processing your application for the 1916 Bursary. Your data will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Policies of each Organisation.  The website links and contact emails for each are listed at the end of this statement.

    Why do we need your data?

    By applying for the 1916 Bursary you will be required to provide us with the following personal data: 

    Name, address, Eircode, date of birth, mobile phone number, email address, country of birth, nationality

    If it applies to you, information about: the Free Fees Scheme, your residency status in Ireland, your main entry route into the college, and the HEAR/DARE Schemes.

    Information in your own words about: your educational hopes and aspirations; your financial situation, and your personal circumstances.

     

    In relation to the Bursary, this personal data is necessary for:

    verification of your identity

    the assessment of your application,

    eligibility for the Bursary fund

    the selection of successful applicants,

    the provision of additional supports.

    Separately, an anonymised version of your information will be shared with the HEA, in order to comply with the 1916 Bursary Scheme’s reporting requirements.

    If you do not provide the requested data and agree to the above, your application for the Bursary cannot be processed.

    Data protection rules

    Data protection concerns the safeguarding of privacy rights in relation to the processing of your personal data. This includes any information that can identify you.  This may, for example, include a name, email address, date of birth or telephone number.  

    We must comply with of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018 when we collect and use your personal data. We act as ‘Data Controllers’ in respect of your personal data, and comply with our responsibilities under these laws. 

    How your personal information will be used

    We will only process such data for the purpose for which you provide it and to the extent necessary to process your application in line with the regulations attached to this Bursary.

    You have the right to withdraw your consent to processing and you also have the right to access any personal data relating to you on request (see ‘Your Rights’ section, below).

    The personal data you submit will be held for a period of 10 years. The personal data may be disclosed by each Organisation to relevant internal staff and agents in order assess this application and to deliver support services to you.

    We may also share personal data with government departments, statutory bodies and funding agencies where this is required under legislation or for the provision of services to you.

    Security

    The submitted application forms will be stored securely with access is only available to named members of AIT staff involved in assessing the applications. A record of responses is generated as applicants submit their forms and is converted to a Microsoft Excel file.  Application details will be stored on a secure network, and password protected.

    Your rights

    Under data protection rules, you have rights as a ‘data subject’. These rights include:

    The right to be informed about what happens to information relating to you (personal data) (Articles 12-14 of GDPR);

    The right to access information relating to you which is held by AIT (Article 15, GDPR);

    The right to rectification, to correct any errors in your personal data (Articles 16 & 19, GDPR);

    The right to erasure, to delete/destroy information relating to you which is held by AIT (Articles 17 & 19, GDPR);

    This right is not absolute and we may have to keept some data in line with legal requirements of the Bursary.

    The right to data portability (Article 20, GDPR);

    The right to object to processing of information relating to you (Article 21, GDPR);

    The right of restriction, to limit the way AIT uses information relating to you (Article 18, GDPR); and,

    Rights in relation to automated decision making, including profiling (Article 22, GDPR).

     

    Who to contact

    If you have any questions in relation to how your personal data is used by that higher education institution, you may contact that institution’s Data Protection Officer (dp@ait.ie). If you have any questions in relation to access, supports or the 1916 Bursary Scheme, you may contact the Access Office (access@ait.ie).  To find out more about how AIT processes personal data go to www.ait.ie/gdpr. In addition, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) is the official authority overseeing data protection in Ireland. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the DPC if you believe your personal data is being processed by us unlawfully. To find out more information about how to make a complaint to the DPC, please visit dataprotection.ie

    Consent declaration

    You are required to indicated the following on the application form.  

    that you have read and fully understand the above statement and its contents

    that you consent to the obtaining, processing and retaining your personal data for the purposes described in the above statement.

    You have the right to withdraw your consent for the processing of your personal data at any time before the grant is paid.  When you withdraw consent your application will be stopped and all the information you have submitted to us will be confidentially destroyed. 

    We will retain your notice to withdraw consent.

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