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Scholarships, Awards and Prizes by subject area

To mark the 40th anniversary of University of Limerick, 40 entrance scholarships were inaugurated in 2012.

Students are selected on the basis of their performance in the Irish Leaving Certificate so no direct applications are required. The value of the award is €2,000. Ten UL40 scholarships are available to mature students (students must be 23 years of age on the 1st January 2019). Eight of the mature student scholarships are awarded to first year mature students – two per faculty - via a competitive application process, after students have registered on their programme in September. Two of the mature student scholarships are automatically awarded to students progressing from the Mature Student Access Certificate, based on their final results in that programme. Information on applying for these scholarships is available from the Mature Student Office. To qualify for consideration candidates must have not received any other entrance scholarship from University of Limerick.

Jean Monnet European Studies Entrance Bursary

This is an annual award that will be presented to an incoming student on the BA in European Studies who achieves the highest CAO points. The award is for €2,000 and will commence in September 2017. For further information contact Joachim Fischer atJoachim.fischer@ul.ie Joachim.fischer@ul.ie

The Noel Ryan Scholarship

The award is given to a student within the Faculty of Humanities. The student must be eligible under HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and meet three specific indicators: income threshold; DEIS school attendance (Limerick City or County); and area. The Scholarship awards €2,000 per year for 4 years, totalling €8,000. The student must complete an essay and may be called for an interview.

The Marie Duffy Award

The Marie Duffy Foundation was established to provide financial assistance and support to aspiring dancers, musicians and choreographers so they may fulfil their dreams in the world of Irish Dance. Irish Dance is constantly changing and evolving and it is the aim of the Foundation to identify and support the creative and inspirational individuals who will be at the cutting edge of dance and music excellence in the years ahead. To stimulate new innovation in dance choreography, the Marie Duffy Foundation is offering an annual award to final year dance students of the BA Irish Music and Dance to the value of €1,000.

Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship

Campus Life Services aims to support students in residence to enjoy the best student living experience by providing high-quality management and maintenance of their accommodation and delivering a diverse programme of social activities. As part of its commitment and support of the cultural experience at the University of Limerick, and in particular, the performing arts, Campus Life Services is offering a PCC scholarship to the value of €5,000 towards accommodation to an undergraduate student of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

This scholarship is only available for applicants of the BA Performing Arts. To apply: www.irishworldacademy.ie

Grant Thornton Award

Grant Thornton offer a monetary prize for the best taxation-related projects to 3rd year BBS (Accounting and Finance Major Option) and 3rd year Law and Accounting students taking the module, Taxation Theory and Practice.

Kemmy Business School/Northern Trust Outstanding Scholar Awards

Northern Trust, a US company based in Dublin and Limerick, has sponsored these awards for the past six years and have agreed to continue the awards for a further 3 years commencing in 2017. The total value of the sponsorship is €90,000.

Louise Newman Prize

This prize is awarded in memory of the late Louise Newman, a lecturer in Insurance at the University of Limerick. It is awarded in conjunction with the Insurance Institute of Ireland. One prize, valued at €1,000, is awarded to a fourth year International Insurance and European Studies student or a Business Studies (Risk Management option) student with the highest QCA in Insurance Studies.

PwC Prize

PwC will award a medal and a monetary prize to the top three students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in the first year ‘Principles of Accounting’ module - total value: €1,500.

Robbie McAdam Commemorative Scholarship

The Robbie McAdam scholarship offered by Analog Devices provides an exciting opportunity for University of Limerick students studying the course LM118 BE Electronic and Computer Engineering . The Scholarship will be awarded annually, over the period 2016 – 2020, to an outstanding Engineering student in Year 3 of the course and each will receive a stipend of €7,000. Recipients of the Scholarship will also be eligible for Co- operative education placement at Analog Devices Inc. The Scholarship Fund is established in memory of the late Robbie McAdam of Analog Devices in Limerick. Mr McAdam worked for Analog for more than 30 years, rising to the position of Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Segments Group, within the American multinational company, which has a large operations centre in the Raheen Industrial Estate, Limerick.

Stryker Scholarship

The Stryker Scholarship in Engineering will be based on highest QCA at the end of first year and will be awarded to a student who has chosen to pursue one of the following eligible courses in second year:

- Technology Management (LM063)

- Product Design & Technology (LM076)

- Biomedical Engineering - transitioning from Engineering (LM116)

- Mechanical Engineering - transitioning from Engineering (LM116)

- Design & Manufacture - transitioning from Engineering (LM116)

A one-year Scholarship of €2,500 will be awarded to the winning student.

ARUP Integrated Design Project Awards in Civil Engineering

There are 4 awards made to students in Year 3 of the Civil Engineering programme who undertake an “Integrated Design Project”. The awards valued at €1,500 each will be made as follows:

- Best Engineering Design (Group Award)

- Best Site Appraisal (Group Award)

- Best Structural Design

- Best Geotechnical Design

ARUP Scholarship for Women in Civil Engineering

The award is given to a female student in first-year BE Civil Engineering option of LM116 BE Engineering, who has developed the best proposal for communicating to second level students what is involved in being a civil engineer. The Scholarship will have a value of €5,000 and will be paid in one lump sum to the recipient.

AutoDesk, ProCAD Prize

Awarded to a first-year BSc Product Design & Technology (LM076) student who continues to excel in Year 2. The prize consists of computer equipment and designer software from AutoDesk (worth in excess of €500).

Chairman's Prize - Thomond Region of Engineers Ireland

The Thomond Region of Engineers Ireland awards the Chairman’s Prize to the final year engineering student who achieves the highest grade on their final year project or a particular module chosen by that year’s chairman. The prize consists of a bronze medal and a cash award.

Designer of the Year Award - Logitech Prize

The Design Showcase Prize is awarded to the Year 4-year student judged to be the Designer of the year from the BSc in Product Design and Technology (LM076). The prize, sponsored by Logitech, normally consists of €1,000 for the first prize winner and €500 for the second prize winner. The prize is presented at the annual Design@UL Exhibition.

Modular Automation Prize

The prize, which is sponsored by Modular Automation, Shannon will be awarded annually. PE4112 is a first-year module taken by students studying LM077 BE Aeronautical Engineering and LM116 BE Engineering. The students are divided into teams and assigned a project where they have to design and build an electric car to specific criteria with the aim of efficiently carrying a 330ml can of soda up a small hill. One €300 gift voucher is presented to the winning team, combined with winners T-shirts and certificates. €180 to the second-best team and finally €120 to the third team. Further information is available from David Tanner, University of Limerick (david.tanner@ul.ie)

Vivian Farrell, Modular Automation (vivian.farrell@modularauto.ie) Jason Power, University of Limerick (Jason.power@ul.ie)

Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards sponsored by Siemens

The Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards, sponsored by Siemens and organised by Engineers Ireland (EI) is awarded annually to a final year undergraduate student on an EI accredited course. The award was launched in April 2014 by Engineers Ireland. The prize is awarded for projects showing innovation in engineering and having development potential. First prize is €1,500 and a trophy. Further information is available here.

Intel, Shannon Women in Technology Scholarship

These scholarships are open to Secondary school 6th year female pupils but also to 1st and 2nd year third level female students. The scholarship is offered nationally. A current 1st or 2nd year female undergraduate is entitled to apply for the scholarship. Successful students will receive a grant of €2,000 for the remainder of their degree if they maintain a 2.1 grade. INTEL offer placements and mentoring to students and there is the strong possibility of graduate employment. Application Forms are available by contacting Intel at shannon-scholarships@intel.com

This is an exciting opportunity for women studying the following courses;

- LM121 BSc Computer Science

- LM122 Creative Media and Interaction Design

- LM118 BE Electronic & Computer Engineering

Further information available here.

Intel Shannon "Paul Whelan" Scholarship

The Intel Shannon “Paul Whelan” Scholarship provides an exciting opportunity for University of Limerick students studying LM118 – Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering or the BSc Computer Systems option of LM121 BSc Computer Science. The scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding students already placed in the first two years on both programmes. They will receive €2,500 per annum for the remainder of their undergraduate degree provided they maintain a 75% (or equivalent) grade average in their examinations at the end of each year. The scholarship programme includes the opportunity for co-operative placements and/or summer internships in the Intel Shannon workplace to be assigned a mentor from the Intel staff who can assist and provide advice on managing their academic career. Email: shannon-scholarships@intel.com

WiSTEM2D grand Award

Johnson and Johnson in partnership with University of Limerick are delighted to announce the Women in Science Technology Engineering Maths and Design (WiSTEMM2D) Awards. J&J WiSTEM2D Award is for amazing young women in the 2nd year of their degree programme to support their studies in the fields of STEM. This is an assisted 1 year award providing financial support, opportunities to network within peer group and J&J business leaders, and early career development opportunities including mentoring and day in the life.

There will be 2 types of awards:

- 5 individual awards, for support of studies, each to the value of €4,000

- 3 group awards for 3-4 team members to the value of €10,000 to deliver initiative focused on improving collaboration for women involved in STEM degree courses.

For more information, email: Louise.Lehane@ul.ie

Women in Engineering Bursary Awards

LM116 BE Engineering, LM118 BE Electronic & Computer Engineering, LM077 BE Aeronautical Engineering and LM115 BE Chemical & Biochemical Engineering degree programmes at the University of Limerick are considered for Women in Engineering Bursaries. Up to eight bursaries, valued at €500 each and available for one year, are awarded based on points achieved in the Leaving Certificate.

Live 95 Radio Journalism Award

This award is presented annually by Limerick Live 95FM for a radio documentary that reveals something new about a matter of public interest in the Limerick region. Students must produce a 10-minute radio documentary that will be judged by the senior editorial staff in Limerick Live 95FM. The winning documentary wins a €500 prize and their work is broadcast on the radio station.

Irish Examiner Video Journalism Award

This award is presented annually in association with the Irish Examiner. Students must produce a short video package on a matter of public interest in the Munster region. Five submissions are shortlisted and broadcast on the Irish Examiner website with the winner judged on the basis of both journalistic standard and audience impact. The winner receives video-journalism equipment to the value of €500.


The School of Law is delighted to offer, in association with sponsors, a number of student prizes recognising excellent academic achievements. These awards are made annually.

Arthur Cox Valued Participation Prize

This prominent firm offers prizes to students who not only achieve excellent grades but also contribute to life at UL. Students should apply to the Head of the School of Law to be considered for the prizes. Students are eligible to apply for the prizes on the basis of third-year end of Autumn exams in Law and Accounting or end of year second-year exams in Law Plus. The eligibility criteria are QCA 3.3 or higher in Law Plus after the summer 2018 second year exams and in Law and Accounting after third-year 2018 autumn exams and evidence of a significant contribution to life at UL - through, for example, sporting or volunteering. Contact: Ruth Pollard, Human Resources, Arthur Cox Solicitors

A & L Goodbody Solicitors Prizes

This large successful firm offers two law student prizes, one to first years and one to second years. The law student who completes first year with the highest academic grades will win an iPad (or similar tablet PC). The second year law student with the top marks in law subjects will win an amount of €500 from this firm. Contact: Nessa Kiely, A&L Goodbody

Homes O’Malley Sexton Solicitors Prize

The Limerick-based firm of Holmes O’Malley Sexton has for many years offered a very generous award to the final year law student who begins their final year with the highest marks. A prize of €2,500 is presented to that final year law student. Contact: Harry Fehilly/Donal Creaton, info@homs.ie

Judge Catherine McGuinness Prize

An alumnus of the School of Law generously offered an annual prize of €500 to students enrolled on the Law Plus degree programme, and honoured the former Supreme Court judge by naming the award after her. The prize will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest cumulative marks based on the two clinical skills modules in first year – Introduction to Lawyering I and II.

Matheson Solicitors

This major firm provides a great opportunity for first-year law students who can win a monetary amount. Any law student taking the daytime modules is eligible. There are student prizes for the highest cumulative marks over two Contract Law modules. 1st and 2nd prizes are awarded. Contact: Jennifer Ryan, Human Resources, Matheson Solicitors

Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors

Business Law firm Mason Hayes & Curran are offering €500 to a student who completes modules LA4530 and LA4540 with the highest grades. Contact: Declan Black/Ruth Jones

Bloomsbury Labour Law Prize

Bloomsbury publishing are offering a prize of a credit with the Publishing company to the student who achieves the highest grade in Labour Law. Contact: Jennifer Simpson

Edith and Leslie Downer Entrance Scholarship

The Edith and Leslie Downer scholarship has been set up in memory of the mother and father of the President Emeritus of the University, Professor Roger Downer. The scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest Leaving Certificate points enrolled in any one of the following degree programmes:

The award is tenable for one year and is valued at €1,000. The successful applicant must be a full-time student, be an Irish citizen, have lived most of his/her life in Ireland and received their education in Ireland, and be permanently resident in Ireland.


Graduate Entry Medical School Scholarship Scheme

This scholarship scheme provides financial assistance to socio-economically disadvantaged students applying for the Graduate Entry Medical Programme. Applicants must: be an Irish/EU applicant, satisfy all academic requirements for admission and have previously entered third level education via a recognised Access route or be deemed to be eligible for consideration by virtue of socio-economic disadvantage. The scholarship aims to cover tuition fees plus a modest contribution towards living expenses. Further information can be downloaded from the Graduate Entry Medical School Website: www.ul.ie/medicalschool

First Prize for Overall Performance in the BMBS Graduate Entry Degree Programme

This is awarded to the student graduating from the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Graduate Entry Degree Programme who achieves the Highest QCA on the BMBS Graduate Entry Degree Programme (In the event of a tie, the award will be given to the student who has the highest cumulative QCA scores obtained in Medicine, General Practice / Primary Care and Surgery Modules).

First Prize in the Discipline of General Practice/Primary Care

This is awarded to the student graduating from the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Graduate Entry Degree Programme who achieves the Highest Percentage score in the General Practice/Primary Care module

First Prize in the Discipline of Medicine

This is awarded to the student graduating from the This is awarded to the student graduating from the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Graduate Entry Degree Programme who achieves the Highest Percentage score in the Medicine module

First Prize in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

This is awarded to the student graduating from the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Graduate Entry Degree Programme who achieves the Highest Percentage score in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology module

First Prize in the Discipline of Psychiatry

This is awarded to the student graduating from the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Graduate Entry Degree Programme who achieves the Highest Percentage score in the Psychiatry module

First Prize in the Discipline of Surgery

This is awarded to the student graduating from the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Graduate Entry Degree Programme who achieves the Highest Percentage score in the Surgery module

First Prize in the Discipline of Professional Competencies

This is awarded to the student graduating from the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Graduate Entry Degree Programme who achieves the Highest Percentage score in the Professional Competencies module. In order to be eligible for the Professional Competencies prize, the student must also have no record of unprofessional behaviour throughout the programme.

For more details contact Josephine via email, josephine.lynch@ul.ie, or telephone, 061 202603.


Coolmore Prize

The Coolmore prize is awarded to the student with the best presentation of final year project on the B.Sc. Equine Science programme . The prize consisting of a medal is awarded annually at the Autumn Conferring Ceremony. The award is hosted by the Department of Life Sciences in the University. For more information, email: sean.arkins@ul.ie

The Critchley Prize

Instituted in honour of the late Dr Robert Critchley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics (1977-2007), this prize is awarded to the student who obtains the highest QCA in first year in LM058 Financial Mathematics , the Mathematical Sciences option, Mathematics and Physics option and Economics and Mathematical Sciences option of LM124 BSc Mathematics provided that five or more mathematics modules are taken in year 1. Further details contact alan.hegarty@ul.ie

Food Science and Health Academic Achievement Award

This award is made annually to the final year student in the B.Sc. Food and Health Science programme with the highest QCA. The award consisting of a cash prize of €250 is awarded at the Autumn Conferring Ceremony. The award is made by the Department of Life Sciences.

The George Gooberman Memorial Prize for Excellence in Physics

The George Gooberman prize is given in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. It is awarded to the student that excels in first year of BSc Physics in both BSc Applied Physics or BSc Mathematics & Physics options of LM125 BSc Physics .

Horse Racing Ireland Prize for Services to the Thoroughbred Industry

The Horse Racing Ireland prize for services to the Thoroughbred Industry is awarded to the LM093 B. Sc. Equine Science student with the best Final Year project on the thoroughbred industry. The trophy is funded by Horse Racing Ireland and is awarded annually at the Autumn Conferring Ceremony. For more information, email: sean.arkins@ul.ie

Kerry Ingredients Prize

This prize is awarded to the students with the best Final Year project presentation on the LM068 B.Sc. Food and Health Science programme. Excellence in research, presentation and understanding are the criteria considered in awarding the prize. The first cash prize is awarded annually at the Conferring Ceremony. Second and third prizes are also awarded. For more details, dick.fitzgerald@ul.ie

Frank McGourty Award

The Frank McGourty Award is made in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Two awards are made annually. One to the student with the highest QCA in their final year of study on the B.Sc. (Education) Biological Science programme , and one to the student with the highest QCA in their final year of study on the B. Sc. Equine Science . Each trophy is presented annually at the Autumn Conferring Ceremony. For further information contact audrey.ogrady@ ul.ie [for Education] or audrey.ogrady@ ul.ie [for Equine]

The Roibeárd Thornton Memorial - Janssen Biologics Scholarship

Named in memory of Dr Roibeárd Thornton and sponsored by Janssen Biologics, the Roibeárd Thornton Memorial - Janssen Sciences Scholarship awards €2,500 to support a summer project in a research laboratory at UL for a 2nd year student of the BSc Bioscience programme in the School of Natural Sciences. The award will be made following a 2-stage process, including a presentation by candidates and interview by a panel consisting of representatives of the Dept of Biological Sciences and Janssen Biologics. The scholarship programme will run until 2021. For more information, contact: Dr Jakki Cooney, Dept. of Biological Sciences at UL. Email: jakki.cooney@ul.ie

Royal Irish Academy Hamilton Awards – Mathematics

The annual Royal Irish Academy Hamilton Prize is awarded in 9 higher education institutes in Ireland. It is presented to the best undergraduate mathematics students in their penultimate year of study as nominated by their individual University. At the University of Limerick, the student with the highest QCA (based on Semesters 3, 4, 5) is given a cash prize of €250 for their performance in either LM058 BSc Financial Mathematics or BSc Mathematical Sciences option accessed through LM124 BSc Mathematics.

UL Sport Scholarships

UL has recently launched a new and exciting Sports Scholarship scheme that will aim to be the leading scholarship of its type in Ireland. The UL Sports Scholarships are designed to support top athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking academic study at the University of Limerick. The scholarships are awarded at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels, and can have a value of up to €10,000 at the Gold level.

The scholarship award includes a training grant, coaching support, performance and sports science services, and accommodation and registration contributions depending on the level of the award. The scholarship programme will also include a number of dual-career workshops and supports designed to help our scholarship athletes manage successful sporting and academic careers.

UL has a unique combination of some of Ireland’s best facilities, coaches, athletes and sports scientists in one location, supporting the development of World Class performance and UL sports scholars will benefit from the great facilities, people and experience we have to offer in helping young athletes develop successful dual careers.

The scholarships are open to all current UL students or those who are applying to come to UL for the first time either through CAO or transferring at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Applicants must be a member of a national governing body of sport recognised by the Irish Sports Council, in the sport in which they are applying for a scholarship.

You can find out more and apply through the UL Sports Scholarship website. 

Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship

The Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship has been established through the generosity of the Dooley family. The family, who are from Limerick, decided to establish the scholarship in honour of their father, who captained the Irish Olympic eight, in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. The awarding of the scholarship, which encompasses all undergraduate academic disciplines, will be based on rowing promise and Leaving Certificate results or academic performance. The recipient must represent the University of Limerick in rowing competitions, achieve performance related goals set by the ULRC and contribute towards the development of rowing in UL.

The Scholarship is for €2,500 and is open to full-time students from any year of undergraduate study at the University of Limerick. The scholarship is awarded on a yearly basis and any recipient is entitled to reapply for the scholarship in subsequent years subject to satisfactory academic progress and the student continuing to represent the University in rowing competitions. Candidates must be Irish citizens or be permanent residents in Ireland (as defined by the University Finance Office).

You can find out more and apply through the UL Sports Scholarships website.


Bank of Ireland UL GAA High Performance Programme

  • Assists players to maximise their potential as sports people and students and to represent UL GAA, their clubs and counties at the highest level.
  • Gives players the structured support required to achieve and surpass their sporting and educational ambitions.
  • UL is Ireland’s premier location for High-Performance Sports Facilities and Sports Science. This programme maximises the benefits of the resources available in UL and puts the player at the centre everything we do.
  • UL GAA Club has a fantastic coaching structure, which marries expertise from the Physical Education & Sports Science Dept with the knowledge of some of Gaelic Games top coaches and former players.

High-Performance Programme recipients will get:

  • Financial assistance in the form of a scholarship payment
  • Training gear bearing sponsors logo
  • Free access to the UL Arena Gym and Pool facilities
  • Individually tailored programmes for Physical Fitness and Strength and Conditioning
  • Monitoring, assessment and coordination with relevant parties in relation to workload.
  • Mentoring and assistance in relation to academic and sporting performance

You can find out more and apply through the UL Sports Scholarships website; www.ul.ie/sportsscholarships or by contacting the UL GAA Development Officer Deirdre Murphy: Email deirdre.m.murphy@ul.ie Tel: 061 202837 Mobile: 086 7879909 Closing Date for entries is March 1st 2019.

The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship

This Athletics scholarship, honouring the memory of Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien, deceased members of the UL community is estimated as equivalent in value of €7,000. The benefits include:

  • Waiver of Accommodation fees for Campus based accommodation
  • Full membership of UL Arena and access to facilities at no cost
  • Provision of expert coaching for events at no cost to the athlete
  • Priority access to Physiotherapy services
  • Provision of Sports Science support and nutritional advice
  • Provision of a training expense grant values at €500 per year
  • On qualification to World University Games the University may provide additional financial support to allow the athlete to travel and compete.

You can find out more and apply through the UL Sports Scholarships website.

Other Sports Scholarships

There are a number of other sports scholarships that are awarded to students attending the University of Limerick that are not administered by UL. These include;

Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme

- This scheme is administered and run by Munster GAA and Provincial Councils in Leinster, Ulster and Connacht

- Players receive Scholarship payment of €750, payable in 2 instalments

- Munster GAA interview in UL for the Munster Bursaries

- Other provincial councils interview locally.

- These bursaries are for club members who contribute to club in playing, administration or coaching roles.

How do I apply?

Application forms come out in September and may be downloaded from the GAA websiteFacebook, or Twitter.


Stuart Mangan Scholarship

The Stuart Mangan scholarship has been established to honour the life and memory of this young athlete by making it possible for those who suffered paralysis while competing in sport to participate in educational programmes at the University of Limerick for periods of up to four years.

The purpose of Scholarship is to focus on candidates who may lack the financial resources to attend university and for whom the lack of such resources represents an apparently insurmountable obstacle. The scholarship will provide funding grants of up to €25,000 per annum to address the obstacles which may be preventing a paralysed sportsperson from fulfilling their educational potential. Application forms and further information is available from the Disability Support Services Office, Phone: 061 213098 Email:disabilityservices@ul.ie

Note: Admission to the relevant programme must be achieved by the awardee in the conventional manner with full compliance with the University of Limerick’s academic admission standards.

The 1916 Bursary Fund 2019/20

In Budget 2017 the Minister for Education and Skills announced a new 1916 Bursary Fund to commemorate the centenary of 1916 as part of the overall package of access measures to promote participation by under-represented groups in higher education. These Bursaries differ from existing bursaries in a number of respects, in that they are targeted at non-traditional entry and can support undergraduate study on either a full or part-time basis. Each bursary will be the amount of €5,000 per annum. 19 Bursaries, the biggest number in any HEI in Ireland, are available to first-year undergraduate students in the University.

Students must be from one of the following target groups:

- Lone parents (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents)

- First time, mature student entrants

- School Leavers from Socio-Economic Disadvantaged Backgrounds

- Ethnic Minorities

- Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students who are deaf/ hard of hearing and students who are blind/visually impaired

- Members of the Irish Traveller Community

- Further education award holders (QQI full award holder)

(As the basis on which you achieved your place in UL)

All recipients have to be socio-economically disadvantaged regardless of the target group.

Cooperative Education Award

The Cooperative Education Award recognises exceptional student performance on Cooperative Education placement. One award per Faculty is presented every year to the successful students on graduation day. Nominations for the award are accepted from both employers and faculty members involved in any stage of the assessment viz. Co-Op visits, discussions with the employer, grading of CoOp reports. The final selection for the awards is made by representatives of academic faculty and the Cooperative Education & Careers Division. A separate award is also presented every year to the student who excels during fourth year School Placement. Nominations with supporting statements can be submitted to Jerry Cronin, c/o the Cooperative Education & Careers Division at the University of Limerick.

Elaine Fagan Scholarship

The Scholarship Fund is established in the memory of Elaine Fagan and sponsored by Michael Fagan and family. First established for the academic year 2011/2012 the scholarship is to the value of €5,000 and a total of 5 awards will be made, with a different recipient every year. The award is open to first year undergraduate students that entered the University through DARE - the Disability Access Route to Education - or have a disability and can satisfy the selection committee they meet the criteria applicable to DARE. The scholarship is restricted to applicants from the Mid-West region. The scholarship will be based at the discretion of the selection committee on a combination of personal circumstances, achievements to date, financial need, and the likely impact the scholarship will have on their personal lives and future goals. Application forms and further information is available from the Disability Support Services Office on (061) 213098 or email: disabilityservices@ul.ie

Financial Aid Fund

In conjunction with the University of Limerick Students’ Union and the Postgraduate Students’ Union, the University administers two types of financial aid. The Financial Aid Fund is supported by gifts from UL Alumni through the UL Foundation’s Alumni Annual Fund Appeal and through UL Student Capitation. The Financial Aid Hardship Fund is an interest free loan to students. This scheme is designed to help students who experience short-term financial problems. If the student qualifies for assistance, she/he will receive an interest free loan. This loan is repayable in full prior to graduation. Additionally, student parents who are experiencing financial difficulties can apply for a Childcare Bursary to support them with their childcare/child-minder costs.

If a student is experiencing financial difficulty and wishes to apply for either type of funding, she/he is encouraged to call to Teach Fáilte or Room CM071 to meet with the chaplain, or alternatively, the student can email john.campion@ ul.ie to make an appointment. Any postgraduate student wishing to avail of either type of funding can email psupresident@ul.ie for an appointment. Application Forms and further information are available from the Welfare Officer in the Students Union or the Student Information and Support Coordinator Jenny.Hannon@ul.ie

Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants

Students registered for full-time undergraduate programmes (of at least 2 years duration) at the University of Limerick may apply for grants under the national centralised scheme. These grants may be renewed annually, subject to satisfactory academic progress and means test.

An ONLINE ONLY grant applications system was introduced in 2012. All applications are made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through https://www.grantsonline.ie/

As soon as the online application system opens for the 2018/19 academic year, students will be able to register online with SUSI and then complete the online application form. The online application facility will be available through https://www.grantsonline.ie/ Remember, it will NOT be necessary to have received an offer of a college place or to be enrolled in college in order to apply.

All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus

The All Ireland Scholarships was first proposed by JP McManus when he expressed a strong desire to provide funds for the establishment of a third level education scholarship scheme covering the thirty-two counties of Ireland. He stated that the Celtic Tiger will not be around forever and that education will be the key for success in more difficult times. He was also conscious of the cross border dimensions of the proposed scholarship programme and stated that the All Ireland Scholarships scheme should operate on a similar basis North and South.

The All Ireland Scholarships were subsequently established with a donation of €30m by JP for application in the provision of third level education scholarships, spread on a county by county basis throughout the island of Ireland viz:

Ireland - 26 counties 24 100 Scholarships per annum
Northern Ireland - 6 counties 6 25 Scholarships per annum

The All Ireland Scholarships Programme commenced during 2008. The value of each scholarship is set at €6,750 per annum in Ireland and stg£5,500 per annum in Northern Ireland and will continue for the duration of the under graduate programmes chosen by the scholarship winners.

Participation in the scholarship scheme is confined to those who are exempt from paying the Leaving Certificate Examination fee in Ireland or are in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance in Northern Ireland, and the scholarships are awarded on the basis of the results of a candidate’s first attempt at the final secondary education examinations in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme

Plassey Campus Centre is the company established by the University to manage and develop Campus Life Services which include on campus residences, retail, bar and restaurant services at University of Limerick. Campus Life Services aims to support the educational mission of the University by providing services which are essential to develop a modern, vibrant campus. Plassey Campus Centre provides the following undergraduate on campus accommodation scholarships each year:

2 Access Scholarships – contact the Access Office on 061 213104
2 Sports Scholarship – contact the Physical Education & Sports Sciences Department on 061 202896

President’s Volunteer Award

Students at the University of Limerick have a long and proud volunteer history. Because volunteering is a self-directed extra-curricular student activity graduate volunteers are considered very employable. The President’s Volunteer Award (PVA) is a formal acknowledgement of the students’ commitment to volunteering and is recorded on the students’ transcripts. At the annual PVA ceremony, the President of the University of Limerick presents the PVA to student volunteers. The PVA ceremony is attended by the campus community, volunteer organisations and the families and friends of student volunteers. The Community Liaison Office (CLO) co-ordinates the PVA. The CLO supports student volunteers and works with community organisations to create volunteer opportunities for students. There are five levels of award:

BRONZE: 20 hours of volunteering
SILVER: 40 hours of volunteering
GOLD: 60 hours of volunteering
Plassey: 12 hours over a semester (Int’l student).

Outstanding Achievement Award

The President of the University of Limerick also recognises excellence in volunteering through his Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is presented to students who have shown an outstanding commitment to volunteering. For further information on the PVA email: pva@ul.ie or go to www.ulpva.ie

Scholarships for International Students

A number of merit based scholarships are available to full-time Non-EU students. For further information please visit the International Education Website: www.ul.ie/international or e-mail international@ul.ie


University of Limerick Gold Medal

A Gold Medal is awarded annually to the University of Limerick undergraduate student graduating with the highest overall QCA in their final year of study. The medal is awarded during the annual conferring ceremony. University of Limerick Silver Medal A total of 5 Silver medals are awarded annually – one to each faculty and one to interfaculty programmes in the University of Limerick. The medals are awarded to the undergraduate students within each faculty graduating with the highest overall QCA in their final year of study. The medals are awarded during the annual conferring ceremony.

University of Limerick Silver Medal

A total of 5 Silver medals are awarded annually – one to each faculty and one to interfaculty programmes in the University of Limerick. The medals are awarded to the undergraduate students within each faculty graduating with the highest overall QCA in their final year of study. The medals are awarded during the annual conferring ceremony.


Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners

Uversity is now accepting applications for its Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners that are intended to remove financial barriers so that adult learners can unlock their potential and realise their ambitions.  Uversity’s scholarships will provide multi-annual financial support for recipients to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time in participating third level institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. 

Scholarships can be any subject area and will be tailored to recipients’ financial circumstances to cover some or all of the direct and indirect costs associated with higher education. Eligible candidates must submit an application via Uversity’s online system by 1st April 2019.

All applications will be reviewed by Uversity for eligibility and may be shortlisted for interview.  Successful candidates will be notified by 1st September 2019.

See www.uversity.org for further details.