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The Scholarships

About the Scholarships

Uversity’s Scholarships are for adult learners to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time that will help transform their lives and the lives of those around them. Scholarships enable successful candidates to pursue a degree in any discipline in selected institutions on the island of Ireland. Preference is given to candidates enrolling on full-time programmes. Other programmes will be considered on a case by case basis.

The Scholarships comprise financial support and programming throughout the course of the degree.  The value of the Scholarships depends on the successful recipients’ circumstances and need. Payments are made monthly and are subject to continued academic registration and progress.

For successful candidates who are leaving employment to pursue a degree, the loss of earnings will be taken into account when determining the Scholarships’ values.  Successful candidates in the Republic of Ireland in receipt of means-tested social welfare benefits and, or SUSI grants can receive a maximum scholarship of €7,000 without impacting these supports.  Successful candidates in Northern Ireland should seek advice from Student Finance Northern Ireland and, or their local tax credit office to confirm any impact of a Scholarship. 

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How to Apply?

Uversity’s application process is online

Before you start an application you should:

  • read Uversity’s Privacy Notice to make sure that you are happy with how we use your personal data
  • know what degree programmes and institution(s) you are applying to. If you don’t or have questions please review Where to study?
  • review the Are you eligible? section below
  • read the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us on apply@uversity.org before starting your application

Are you eligible?

Uversity’s Scholarships support adult learners, to enrol on and complete a Bachelor’s degree that will help transform their lives and the lives of those around them.  Please note that if you already have a Bachelor’s Degree you are NOT eligible to apply.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be at least 23 years by 1st January in the year of enrolment
  • Be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, Switzerland or the UK* or have permanent leave to remain in the Irish State.  See here for further information
  • Be resident on the island of Ireland for 3 out of the last 5 years
  • Be applying, have applied or have been admitted to a Bachelor’s Degree in one of Uversity’s participating institutions for the relevant academic year

* Please note that Uversity’s policy on the eligibility of UK citizens to apply for a scholarship after January 1st 2021 is intended to remain in line with the policy of the Department of Education and Science and Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). We reserve the right to alter our eligibility requirements in line with any changes made by these institutions, or any policy changes as a result of Brexit.

Please note

  • non-EEA citizens resident on the island of Ireland must have received permanent leave to remain by the closing date for applications. See here for further information.
  • applicants can be currently enrolled on or have recently completed a course that prepares them for higher education. Applicants who have already received or are currently enrolled on a Bachelor’s Degree ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
  • applicants DO NOT need to have an offer at time of application but if selected for a scholarship must receive an offer on a Bachelor’s Degree in one of Uversity’s participating institutions to receive a scholarship. Candidates can have a deferred offer for admission to the 2021/22 academic year.
  • preference is given to candidates enrolling on full-time programmes in any subject that can normally be completed in a maximum of four years. Other programmes will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on an assessment of financial need. Please note that if you no longer meet the eligibility or financial assessment criteria, you may no longer be eligible for the scholarship.

What are
the Stages
of Uversity's Selection Process?

May - June 2021

Uversity
  • interviews shortlisted candidates to determine their:
    • academic potential
    • motivation and ambition for returning to education
    • drive to succeed and work ethic
    • ability to be transformed and help transform the lives of others as a result of the scholarship and educational experience

4th January
– 30th April 2021

Candidates apply
  • directly to the programme(s) / institution(s) they would like to attend
  • for other funding sources such as SUSI, Back to Education Allowance, Student Finance Northern Ireland
  • to Uversity via its online application system with the following information:
    • biographical and contact details
    • education to date and the programme and institution(s) you are applying to or have been admitted to if you have a deferred offer
    • any employment/volunteering (if applicable) to date
    • statement (maximum 500 words) detailing your Motivation, Preparation, Ambition for your intended programme and the Justification for awarding you a scholarship
    • names and contact details of two referees

May - June 2021

Uversity
  • interviews shortlisted candidates to determine their:
    • academic potential
    • motivation and ambition for returning to education
    • drive to succeed and work ethic
    • ability to be transformed and help transform the lives of others as a result of the scholarship and educational experience

July - September 2021

Uversity
  • makes scholarship offers to successful candidates subject to:
    • a financial assessment
    • candidate’s confirming admission to a Bachelor’s Programme
    • acceptance of Uversity’s terms and conditions
  • begins Scholarship programming and payments

Ready to apply?

If you have reviewed How to apply? and confirmed your eligibility you can begin your online application.

Please note that once you have created an application, you can log in as many times as you want until you are happy with your application and submit it. You can also reopen and resubmit your application after it has been submitted. You will not, however, be able to reopen or resubmit your application after the closing date.

Where to study?

Uversity’s Scholarships are for successful candidates to pursue a degree in any discipline in 36 selected institutions on the island of Ireland. We have compiled a list of these institutions and other relevant organisations if you are still undecided about what and where to study.