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 2021 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study.
The purpose of this funding is to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.
All 1916 Bursary recipients must be economically disadvantaged AND from one of the following target groups:
Students must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level (the special rate) of SUSI grant and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Affairs and Employment Protection means-tested social welfare payment.
Funding was provided for the award of 200 bursaries in each of the three academic years commencing 2017/18. Each bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum.
In February 2020 the Department of Education and Skills announced the rollout of the 1916 bursary fund for a further 3 years starting in 2020/21.