Pre-entry Scholarships and Entry Schemes

1916 Bursaries

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. 

For more information on the Bursary click here.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021/22 academic year are now closed.

For further information please contact the Access & Participation Office at

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 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

  1. Compliance with conditions specified at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 above.

  2. Leaving Certificate points within 50 points of the first-round cut-off point for the chosen programme.

  3. 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 may be interviewed in August, following Leaving Certificate results and CAO first round offers.

How to apply

Applications for the 2021/22 academic year are now closed.

For further information please contact the Access & Participation Office at       

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

A maximum of two places will be available on any GMIT full-time programme, except for the following:

  • GA785 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Science

  • GA880 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing

  • GA882 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing

  • GA980 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Design & Technology Education

  • GA285 Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Art, Design & Graphics



Candidates will be required to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Satisfy the GMIT minimum entry requirements (general entry requirements and specific programme entry requirements) for the programme(s) to which they are applying.
  • Demonstrate evidence of sporting or cultural achievements. Candidates will be assessed on sporting/cultural achievement and academic performance.

For further information, please contact the Access & Participation Office by email at or School Liaison Office by email at

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.

Uversity, Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learner

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.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 23 years by 1st January in the year of enrolment.
  • Be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, Switzerland or the UK or have permanent leave to remain in the Irish State. 
  • Be resident on the island of Ireland for 3 years of the last 5 years.
  • Be applying, have applied or have been admitted to a bachelor’s degree in one of Uversity’s participating institutions for the relevant academic year.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2021

For more information and to apply visit:

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. 

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 15th June 2021.