New Centenary Scholarship Scheme for Northern Ireland Ireland's Students

Up to 34 students at Northern Ireland’s two world-class universities will benefit from scholarships and bursaries to mark Northern Ireland’s Centenary.

The Centenary scholarships, backed by £60,000 in UK Government funding, are being made available to cover the living costs for students from backgrounds less likely to go to university. Both universities will receive £30,000 to award scholarships.

 At Queen’s University Belfast, a Northern Ireland Centenary Scholarship will support a graduate of the Queen’s Senior Academy or Pathway Opportunity Programme. The University has also created the Northern Ireland Centenary Senior Academy Bursary Fund to provide financial support to students who have completed the Queen’s University Senior Academy programme and will begin their studies in autumn 2021.

 At Ulster University, Northern Ireland Centenary Scholarships will be awarded in support of Ulster’s Belfast Community Scholarship and Northern Ireland Community Scholarship schemes. Smaller awards will support talented students in need of financial assistance as part of the Ulster University Student Opportunity Fund. The Community Scholarships will be awarded to students entering their first year at Ulster in September 2022 with applications opening in April 2022. The Student Opportunity Fund opens to students in late September.

Eligibility information:

The Ulster University Student Opportunity Fund will be open for applications late September 2021 – all Ulster University students will be contacted directly with further information on how to apply. These scholarships will ease the financial burden for students from low income families and with limited financial resources. For further information, please email [email protected]

At Queen’s University, in order to be eligible for Northern Ireland Centenary Scholarship at Queen's, students must meet the quintile 1 widening participation criteria and be in receipt of a full maintenance grant; or be a care-leaver or care-experienced.  The Northern Ireland Centenary Senior Academy Bursary Fund at Queen's will be allocated to all eligible students of Queen’s Senior Academy programme with the option to opt out.  Find out more about Queen’s Widening Participation programme and the Senior Academy here.