Access Scholarship Programme

GMIT awards up to twelve financial scholarships to the value of €5,000 each to support students entering GMIT who are from socio-economically or other disadvantaged backgrounds, or those who have faced difficult personal circumstances.
This financial scholarship is provided in increments over the duration of the programme of study.
In addition, scholarship applicants may be eligible for a reduced-points offer of up to 50 CAO points, subject to availability.
Note: Applicants must have taken the Leaving Certificate exams within the last two years.

A candidate must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Be a new entrant to higher education.
  2. Be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, Switzerland, or the UK.
  3. Have taken the Leaving Certificate exams within the last two years.
  4. Be a current applicant for a GMIT programme through the CAO and satisfy the general and specific criteria for entry.
  5. Have family income under the current threshold for the third-level maintenance grant scheme.

Criteria for Selection
• Compliance with conditions specified at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 above.
• Leaving Certificate points within 50 points of the first-round cut-off point for the chosen programme.
• An academic reference is required as part of the assessment process. Applicants should request an academic reference from their school.

Nominated candidates may be short-listed. Those short-listed will be interviewed in August (following Leaving Certificate results and CAO first round offers).

How to Apply

Part 1.    Completing your application

There are three parts to the application process. Click here to view a video on how to apply.

To apply please complete the online Application Form here

The deadline for submission of applications forms is Tuesday 1st June 2021. The closing date for supporting documentation has been extended to Monday 5th July  2021.

There are 23 questions in total. Most of the questions are short with the exception of Question 22, which is a Personal Statement. 

Here, you are asked to include reasons why you wish to pursue a third level programme, and any personal challenges you may have experienced. The personal statement can be up to 500 words.

Applicants are advised to prepare a draft of their Personal Statement before starting their application. Completed applications must be submitted by 1st June 2021.

Part 2.   Submitting your supporting documentation

After you submit your completed application, you will receive an email with information on how to submit your supporting documentation. Supporting documentation must be submitted by 5th July 2021.

Part 3.  Academic Reference

 The reference letter should address some, or all, of the following headings: School Participation, Academic Ability, Additional Skills/Achievements, Additional Supports.
 Your school can submit the reference directly to GMIT by email to by the 5th July 2021.

For further information please contact the Access & Participation Office at