1916 Bursary Fund

Important Dates - 2021 Applications

Applications are open from Monday, 4 October to Friday, 22 October 2021.

What is the 1916 Bursary Fund?

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme being offered to a number of undergraduate students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage who are coming to third level education in September 2021 for the first time.

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) – Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Maynooth University and Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (Athlone campus).

Tiers of Bursary

There are three “tiers” of bursary available:

Tier 1 Bursary – worth €5,000 per annum

Tier 2 Bursary – worth €2,000 per annum

Tier 3 Bursary – worth €1,500 payable for the 2021/22 academic year only

The application process is the same for all three tiers – the outcome of which bursary a successful applicant will receive will depend on how many other applicants there were, and how those applicants were ranked by a centralised scoring system. Therefore, each applicant is considered for all three tiers of bursaries and each successful applicant will be awarded a single bursary (either Tier 1, 2 or 3).

Please note: there is no automatic entitlement to a 1916 Bursary. Many students will meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme; however, the number of bursaries available is limited.

The MEND Cluster includes four HEIs – DCU, Maynooth University, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (Athlone campus) and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Between them, these four HEIs must share 40 Tier 1 bursaries and 21 Tier 2 bursaries (the number of Tier 3 bursaries will be decided by the HEA depending on the amount of funding left at national level). Last year, we had a maximum of 10 Tier 1 bursaries available. A bursary will not be awarded to successful applicants until they have been formally offered a place at the HEI to which they are applying, and confirmation has been received that they satisfy all eligibility criteria as set out by the HEA.

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 applying for the 1916 Bursary.

  • 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/#/)    

    All documentation should be submitted at the time of application. Once you press "submit" no further documents can be upload.

    Click here for the list of supporting documentation

  • 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.

Make Your Application

To make your application, please click on the link below. This link will connect you to the DCU website, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select I want to apply.

All documentation should be submitted at the time of application. Once you press "submit" no further documents can be upload.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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, full or part-time, with a household reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2020, 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?

    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.
    • Students are not permitted to hold a 1916 Bursary (Tier 1, 2 or 3) in conjunction with any other bursary, scholarship or award, irrespective of value.
    • Persons who are in the protection system or at the leave to remain or at deportation order stage are not eligible to apply for a 1916 Bursary. Persons who are in the protection system or at the leave to remain (not at deportation order) stage however can apply to be considered for support under the Student Support Scheme for Asylum Seekers (otherwise known as the Student Support Scheme).
    • 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.
  • 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 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.

  • 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 our university.
    • You would be expected to agree to any assessment set out 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.
  • 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. Are There 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.

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