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About The Scholarships


Uversity’s Scholarships are intended to unlock adult learners’ potential. By providing meaningful, multi-annual financial support, Uversity’s Scholarships aim to remove the financial barriers to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for the first time. Scholarships are not limited to particular subject areas and will enable recipients to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of the participating institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Uversity’s Scholarships will provide financial support to individuals 23 years or older who wish to purse a Bachelor’s degree in any subject in one of the participating institutions.

Uversity understands that there are many financial barriers preventing people realise their ambitions to receive a Bachelor’s degree. Aside from the direct costs of tuition, fees, books and IT there are day to day living costs such as childcare and transport to be taken care of to enable full-time education. The Uversity Scholarships take account of each individual’s circumstances and aim to provide full financial support for the full period of study.

The Scholarship will cover some or all of the following costs:

  • Registration & tuition fees
  • Pre-enrolment education assessments if required
  • Laptop, books and other materials
  • Wifi and telephone access
  • Transportation
  • Childcare/Family support
  • Living expenses e.g. accommodation/maintenance etc.

Scholarship amounts will vary depending on recipients’ circumstances and will be allocated on a needs basis which will be assed via application and interview. Payments will be made on a phased basis over the course of the degree programme and subject to continued academic registration and progress.

Please see eligibility details here.

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Who Can Apply

Uversity’s Scholarships will support adult learners, who are not in a financial position, to enrol on and complete a Bachelor’s degree that will transform their lives and those around them. Preference will be given to candidates enrolling for a full-time Bachelor’s programme that can normally be completed in a maximum of four years in any subject in one of the participating institutions.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • be 23 years and older by 1st January in the year of enrolment
  • be a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland for 3 years or more by 1st January prior to the year of enrolment
  • be returning to higher education in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year after a break from education of 3 years or more or
  • have completed a higher education progression / preparation course in the last 2 years
  • apply to a participating institution(s) on the island of Ireland as per the institutions’ application processes and be offered a place on a Bachelor’s Programme for the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year. PLEASE NOTE that applicants DO NOT need to have an offer at time of application but if selected for a scholarship they must have received an offer and registered in their chosen programme to receive their first instalment of the scholarship.
  • be able to demonstrate:
    • socio-economic disadvantage and financial need (e.g. in receipt of social benefit)
    • a clear and stated motivation for returning to education and an ambition for their educational journey
    • a drive to succeed and strong work ethic
    • an ability to be transformed and transform others as a result of this scholarship and educational experience

If you are eligible, please read information on application deadlines and what information is required to complete the online application.

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How To Apply

Applicants must check eligibility criteria before completing an application. 

January 2018

APPLICATIONS OPEN.  Applications to be submitted via Uversity’s online application system.

The following information is required:

  • biographical / contact details
  • details of your education and employment to date
  • details of your financial circumstances and need
  • a motivation statement of maximum 500 words
  • details of two referees

FEBRUARY 1st 2018

Deadline for applications to most Republic of Ireland higher education institutions through The Central Applications Office. Please note that it is the applicants’ responsibility to apply to and receive an offer of a place on a Bachelor’s Programme at a participating institution. Please review information the institutions’ websites and the CAO website for application requirements and deadlines.

MAY 1st 2018

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS to be submitted via Uversity’s online application system.


Uversity’s Selection Committee will review & short-list applications against the following criteria:

  • financial need
  • motivation and ambition for returning to education
  • a drive to succeed and strong work ethic
  • an ability to be transformed and transform others as a result of this scholarship and educational experience.

Short-listed candidates may be invited to an interview in person or online.

All applicants will be notified of the outcomes.


Successful candidates will submit verification of their course registration to Uversity


1st stage payment will be made.


2nd stage payment will be made subject to continued registration.

Please note that all applicants must apply SEPARATELY to their institution(s) as per the institutions’ application procedures.

Scholarship payments will continue to be made twice per year for the duration of the course of study subject to verification of continued registration and progress.


If you think you are eligible and have the information outlined above please complete the online application here

You will be required to enter an email address and a unique application number will be sent to you.  Please keep this safe.  You can log in at any time and stop and start your application until you are ready to submit.


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