Awards and bursaries for which you may qualify during your time in college

GMIT Scholarships

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Every year, GMIT recognises the contribution of our students in various fields, be it academic, sporting cultural etc. GMIT is delighted to offer a wide range of scholarships to GMIT students under the following categories:


1. 1916 BURSARIES 

Applications for the 1916 Bursaries for the 2020/2021 academic year are now closed. 

The purpose of this funding is to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in Higher Education.

New entrants to Higher Education who are socio-economically disadvantaged, meet the income threshold and represent one or more of the target groups are invited to apply. 

200 Bursaries are available nationwide which have been divided amongst clusters of Third Level Institutions.  GMIT are part of the BMW Cluster together with NUI Galway, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Sligo.  

GMIT has received an allocation of six bursaries.

The 1916 Bursary is worth €5,000 per academic year to each of the six recipients. 

How to Apply

Please note we are no longer accepting new applications for the 1916 Bursaries for the 2020/2021 academic year.



2. Academic Scholarships

GMIT awards academic scholarships annually to fourteen first year students based on academic merit. 

The recipients are those who have achieved the highest Leaving Certificate points in their particular School or campus of GMIT. 

Following registration the students are selected and the scholarships are awarded to the successful students in November each year.

For further information contact GMIT Admissions Office.


3. Access Scholarships

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 an EU citizen.
2.  Have taken the Leaving Certificate exams within the last two years.
3.  Be a current applicant for a GMIT programme through the CAO and satisfy the general
      and specific criteria for entry.
4.  Have family income under the current threshold for the third-level maintenance grant
5.  Be supported by an academic reference from his/her school.

Criteria for Selection
• Completed application form.
• 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.
• Academic reference.
• Interest, knowledge and commitment to the chosen programme.
• Socio-economic factors considered:
                                 -  geographical relocation to attend GMIT
                                 -  lone parent family
                                 -  exceptional circumstances
                                 -  social welfare/low income
                                 - applicant is the first member in family to attend third level education
Nominated candidates may be short-listed. Those short-listed will be interviewed in August (following Leaving Certificate results and CAO first round offers).

Please note we are no longer accepting new applications for Access Scholarships for the 2020/2021 academic year.


4. Design Scholarship

This scholarship is worth €5,000 and is available to students from secondary schools in Mayo interested in studying Furniture Design, Art and Design, Film and Documentary, Engineering, Science or Computing in GMIT.

Interested candidates should complete the Access Scholarship Application Form along with a creative/design personal statement.

Submit to: GMIT Access Office.

Closing date: 15th May.

Click here for eligibility criteria.

For further information please contact Deirdre O’Connor at 091 742129 or email GMIT Access Office


5. Mature Student Scholarships

There are three scholarships of €1,200 each for registered first year mature students. The scholarship is issued as a once-off payment.

First year mature students will recieve an email notification with a  link to the online Scholarship Application Form.

Interested candidates should complete the online Application Form and ensure proof of Household Income is uploaded as instructed.

Nominated candidates may be short-listed and then called for an online interview.

Note: Only first year students who are 23 years or older on 1st January of the year of entry are eligible to apply.

Closing date for submission of Applications and supporting documents is 5.00 pm, 30th October 2020 .

For further information please contact the Access & Participation Office at 


6. Special Sports and Cultural Achievement (SSCA) Scheme

The SSCA Scheme is a special entry scheme (worth up to 50 points) targeted at outstanding sportspersons and those who have made a significant contribution to cultural activities. 

Ten places are reserved for candidates who are committed to further developing their sporting, cultural and academic careers.

Application Form/Referee Form

Please download the application form here and once completed submit to

The Referee Report is available for download separately here for your school to complete.

Closing date: 1st September.

Details for the 2020/21 Academic Year will be uploaded in the near future.

Click here for eligibility criteria.


7. Sports Scholarships

GMIT supports the development of talented athletes and recognises the increasing need for them to successfully balance academic and sporting commitments.

GMIT facilitates this vision through the Sports Scholarship Programme.

Following registration in GMIT, the sports co-ordination team in the Students Union calls students for interview and selects eight candidates who will receive a scholarship of €1,000 for each year of study.

Submit to: GMIT Sports Development Officer

Closing date: October 9th 2020

Click here to complete and submit the Sports Scholarship Online Application Form

Click here for eligibility criteria.

For further information please contact Molly Dunne at 091 742579 or by email.


8. Non-EU Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Non-EU students giving up to a 30% discount off the quoted fee. 

If you are a Non-EU student thinking of applying to study in GMIT then you may qualify for a scholarship in recognition of your English language attainment, your country of origin, or both.

For further information contact the International Office.


9. Galway Wind Park Scholarship 

The Galway Wind Park Scholarship Programme aims to maximise value for local communities by funding third-level education opportunities for people living within 20 kilometres of Galway Wind Park in Connemara.

Successful scholarship recipients will receive 50% of the Student Contribution Fee, to be paid over the duration of their course to a maximum of three years for undergraduates and one year full-time or two years part-time for postgraduate courses.

Further Information: Click here for further information and application forms

Closing Date: 6th November, 2020


10. Sanctuary Scholarship

Scholarships for those in the International Protection System living in Ireland who are not eligible for state supports and are progressing to undergraduate higher education for the first time. Applicants must live within commuting distance of the GMIT campus they wish to attend. 

This scholarship covers:

  • All fees (Student Contribution, Tuition Fees and Materials Fees)
  • Cost of maintenance to the value of the Full Adjacent Top up Grant
  • A mentor to support and guide successful applicants throughout their time at GMIT

Download GMIT's Sanctuary Scholarship details and Application Form (Word, 234.08 KB)

Closing Date: The closing date for applications has been extended to the 30th June 2020.


11. Uversity – Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners

Uversity’s scholarships are for adult learners to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time that will transform their lives and 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.

An applicant must:

  • be at least 23 years by 1st January 2020
  • be a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland AND resident on the island of Ireland for 3 years or more by 1st March 2020
  • be returning to higher education in 2020/21 after a break from education or have recently completed a higher education progression / preparation course
  • have applied to or have a deferred offer for a Bachelor’s programme for the 2020/21 academic year.

Closing Date: 20th April 2020

For more information and to apply visit: