Fully Funded Uversity Undergraduate Scholarships at IADT in Ireland

Deadline: 1 May 2018
Open to: citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland
Scholarship: covers living expenses, registration and tuition fees


The Institute of Art, Design + Technology is introducing Uversity Scholarships for Mature Students to study in the Republic of Ireland. These are intended to remove financial barriers so that adult learners can unlock their potential and realize their academic ambitions.

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology (IADT) is located at Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. It was established in 1997 and incorporated the former Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Design as its School of Creative Arts. The institution has an emphasis on creative arts and media with the National Film School (NFS) located on campus. The college offers programmes in entrepreneurship, arts and humanities, business, arts management, psychology/cyberpsychology, computing and digital media technology.

Uversity’s Scholarships are intended to unlock adult learners’ potential. By providing meaningful, multi-annual financial support, Uversity’s Scholarships aim to remove the financial barriers to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for the first time. Scholarships are not limited to particular subject areas and will enable recipients to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of the participating institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.


Uversity’s Scholarships will support adult learners, who are not in a financial position, to enroll on and complete a Bachelor’s degree that will transform their lives and those around them. Preference will be given to candidates enrolling for a full-time Bachelor’s programme that can normally be completed in a maximum of four years in any subject in one of the participating institutions.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • be 23 years and older by 1st January in the year of enrolment;
  • be a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland for 3 years or more by 1st January prior to the year of enrolment;
  • be returning to higher education in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year after a break from the education of 3 years or more;
  • have completed a higher education progression/preparation course in the last 2 years;
  • apply to a participating institution(s) on the island of Ireland as per the institutions’ application processes and be offered a place on a Bachelor’s Programme for the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year. PLEASE NOTE that applicants DO NOT need to have an offer at time of application but if selected for a scholarship they must have received an offer and registered in their chosen programme to receive their first installment of the scholarship;
  • be able to demonstrate:
    • socio-economic disadvantage and financial need (e.g. in receipt of social benefit);
    • a clear and stated motivation for returning to education and an ambition for their educational journey;
    • a drive to succeed and strong work ethic;
    • an ability to be transformed and transform others as a result of this scholarship and educational experience;


Uversity understands that there are many financial barriers preventing people realize their ambitions to receive a Bachelor’s degree. Aside from the direct costs of tuition, fees, books and IT there are day to day living costs such as childcare and transport to be taken care of to enable full-time education. The Uversity Scholarships take account of each individual’s circumstances and aim to provide full financial support for the full period of study.

The Scholarship will cover some or all of the following costs:

  • Registration & tuition fees;
  • Pre-enrolment education assessments if required;
  • Laptop, books and other materials;
  • Wifi and telephone access;
  • Transportation;
  • Childcare/Family support;
  • Living expenses e.g. accommodation/maintenance etc.

Scholarship amounts will vary depending on recipients’ circumstances and will be allocated on a needs basis which will be assessed via application and interview. Payments will be made on a phased basis over the course of the degree programme and subject to continued academic registration and progress.

How to Apply?

Applications to be submitted via University’s online application system.

The following information is required:

  • Biographical / contact details;
  • Details of your education and employment to date;
  • Details of your financial circumstances and need;
  • A motivation statement of maximum 500 words;
  • Details of two referees.

For more information please visit the official website.