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All Ireland Scholarships 2017-2018

The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme, funded by JP McManus, provides financial support of £5,500 per academic year to the top-performing students from low-income households, intending to do an undergraduate course in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Brief Description

The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme (Northern Ireland Awards) gives 25 scholarships per year to top-performing students for the duration of their undergraduate degree course.The 25 scholarships will be awarded across two categories.Nineteen scholarships are awarded to the top performing* A level students from grant aided post primary schools. A minimum of two scholarships will be awarded in each county of Northern Ireland, based on the students’ home addresses.Six scholarships are awarded to the top Level 3 Extended Diploma students from further education colleges.*Re-marks will be taken into account. Applicants must state their intention to apply for re-marks on the Confirmation of A Level Results form and send this to CCEA. Applicants should apply for re-marks as soon as possible after receipt of A level results using Priority Service 2.


Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for 2017 may be subject to revision prior to the launch date, however it is likely be similar to the 2016 criteria listed below.To be eligible for a 2016 scholarship, you needed to:

  • be receiving the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • live in and go to a grant aided post primary school or further education college in Northern Ireland
  • have an offer to start an undergraduate degree course at university in the UK or Republic of Ireland in academic year 2016/17
  • have completed at least three A levels from any awarding body (and have sat these exams for the first time) or a Level 3 Extended Diploma by the summer of 2016

Additional criteria based on previous qualifications may be applied if there is a dead heat situation.You were not eligible if you:

  • had been offered or had a scholarship or award** from another scholarship scheme, trust, public body or other EU member state
  • were applying to do a foundation degree
  • were repeating your examinations

**Any award of scholarships, prizes or bursaries granted by the university you were due to study at, would not have barred you from this scheme.

Successful applicants

Successful applicants can apply to have their scholarship deferred for one academic year (including first year students). Written permission must be obtained from the All Ireland Scholarship Trust (email and your chosen university. You must also email the administrator, if you are deferring your university place.

Further information

For further information, contact the Department for the Economy (DfE) Higher Education Mobility branch.

Applying to the scheme

Applications for the 2016 scholarship have now closed.Application forms and guidance material for the All Ireland Scholarship Scheme 2017 will be available in March 2017. Protection Status



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