1916 Bursary Fund


Applications are now closed for the 2021-2022 academic year.


What is the 1916 Bursary Fund?

The 1916 Bursary Fund was established by the Department of Education and Skills. The purpose of the Fund 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. All of the higher education institutions are awarding the Bursaries through regional clusters.


1916 Bursary Fund: South Cluster SOAR Project

The South Cluster is comprised of 5 higher education institutions: Munster Technological University, Institute of Technology Carlow, University College Cork, and Waterford Institute of Technology. The bursary fund will be administered through the South Cluster’s SOAR Project. The SOAR Project is an inter-institutional Access initiative funded under the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Fund. The South Cluster have a total of 35 bursaries available to award to students applying to these higher education institutions. 


What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?

There are three different types of bursaries – Tier 1, 2 and 3.

  • Tier 1: €5,000 per year for the normal duration of an undergraduate programme – or up to a maximum of six years for a part-time programme.
  • Tier 2: €2,000 per year for the normal duration of an undergraduate programme – or up to a maximum of six years for a part-time programme.
  • Tier 3: Awardees will receive a once-off bursary of €1,500 for the 2021/22 academic year only.

Tier 1 & Tier 2 bursaries will also be paid if the awardee progresses to postgraduate study.


Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

Applicants must meet financial, college entry and target group criteria in order to be deemed eligible for consideration for a bursary.

A) Financial Criteria


  • Applicants must demonstrate that they would qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant under the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) Grant Scheme


  • are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection (DSP) long-term means-tested social welfare payment.


B) College Entry Criteria:


  • Applicants must be first-time new entrants to higher education for undergraduate study.
  • Applicants must also have been resident in the State (Republic of Ireland) for three of the past five years on the date on which their first year of study commences.
  • Applicants must be pursuing an approved full-time or approved part-time undergraduate course in one of the approved institutions in the regional clusters of HEIs.


C) Target Group Criteria:

Applicants must be from one or more of the following target groups:

  • students from communities that are socio-economically disadvantaged or that have low levels of participation in higher education;
  • first-time mature students (23 or older on 1 January of their year of entry to higher education);
  • students with a disability (particularly those with a physical or mobility impairment, those who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are blind or have a visual impairment);
  • members of Irish Traveller community;
  • further education and training award holders progressing to higher education;
  • lone parents (confirmed by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) as holding a long-term means-tested social welfare payment);
  • students from ethnic minorities who are lawfully present in the State and are (see document below);

Further information on ethnic minority target group criteria is available below:
1916 Bursary Fund Ethnic Minority Information


Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

  • Students who are not first-time entrants to higher education in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • 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 who are paying non-EU fees.

How to apply

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed. 


What documents do I need to submit?

What documents do I need to submit? Supporting Documentation Guide & Presentation

Applicants are required to upload relevant supporting financial and target group documentary evidence. This supporting documentation can only be uploaded to the online application. Please refer to the Supporting Documentation Guide and Supporting Documentation Presentation below.

1916 Bursary Fund South Cluster SOAR Project Supporting Documentation Guide

1916 Bursary Fund South Cluster SOAR Project Supporting Documentation Presentation 2021.2022



Please email all queries regarding the 1916 Bursary Fund: South Cluster SOAR Project to: 1916BursaryQueries@soarforaccess.ie


Additional information 

For additional information on the 1916 Bursaries, please log onto https://www.soarforaccess.ie/1916-bursary-fund/