What bursaries/scholarships are available from the Department?

With effect from the 2012/13 academic year, a single bursary scheme will be operated by the Department.

The Department also funds postgraduate scholarships to the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme is administered by the Department of Education & Skills and funded by the JP McManus Trust.

Who is eligible for the bursaries?

First time Leaving Certificate students exempt from payment of the Leaving Certificate fee and who have completed their studies in a DEIS school. Applications are not needed for these bursaries as they are awarded on a regional basis (Dublin, rest of Leinster, Munster and Connaught/Ulster) based on Leaving Certificate exam results.

There are also a small number of bursaries (Ernest Walton STEM Bursary) available for students who intend completing a third level course in the STEM field and meet the criteria as set out above. Applications are necessary for the Ernest Walton STEM Bursary.

Prior to the 2012/13 academic year, I was awarded a Department scholarship - is it still valid?

Yes, all previous scholarships will continue to be paid until entitlement ceases.

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