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 2019/2020 academic year are now available. 2019/2020 represents the third and final year of these Bursaries under the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. 

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 is 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.

Click here for more information on the 1916 Bursaries (PDF, 277KB). 

Download the 1916 Bursary Application Form and Instruction Sheet here (PDF, 310KB). 

Submit the completed form along with the specified Proof of Income Documentation to:

Fund Administrator, Student Services Office, GMIT, Dublin Road, Galway.

Closing date:   Extended to 5th July, 2019 (5pm).


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 who have faced difficult personal circumstances. This financial scholarship is provided in increments over the duration of the programme of study.

In addition, applicants can also be considered for up to 50 CAO points to add to their Leaving Certificate score to help secure access onto a course, subject to availability.

Note: Applicants must complete the Access Scholarship Application Form, and have taken the Leaving Certificate exams within the last two years.

Submit to: GMIT Access Office.

Closing date: 15th May.

Download the Access Scholarship Application Form here (PDF, 136KB).

Click here for eligibility criteria.

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


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.

Interested candidates should complete the Mature Student Scholarship Application Form and be aware that nominated candidates may be short-listed and then called for interview.

Application forms are available from the Student Services Office or may be downloaded from the student portal at the beginning of the academic year.

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

Submit to: GMIT Access Office

Closing date: 15th October.

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


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.

Submit to: GMIT Schools Liaison Office

Closing date: 1st September.

Download the Special Sports and Cultural Achievement Scheme Application Form here (PDF, 52KB) or here (Word, 403KB).

Click here for eligibility criteria.

For further information please contact Lorraine Cunningham at 091 742390 or email GMIT Schools Liaison Office


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: 5th October.

Download the Sports Scholarship Application Form here (PDF, 126KB).

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 - New for 2019

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 their course fees 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: 4th October, 2019


10. Sanctuary Scholarship - new for 2019

Scholarships for those in the International Protection System living in Ireland who are not eligible for state supports and are progressing to 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, 68KB)