Dundalk Institute of Technology have launched a Sanctuary Scholarship programme which will offer a tuition fee free course to an asylum seeker currently residing in a local direct provision centre.
The DkIT Sanctuary Scholarship will be available to one student per academic year, with applications now open for the 2020/21 year. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of CAO points.
The third-level institute say that the programme is aimed at first-time higher education applicants who identify as an international protection applicant, an Asylum Seeker or some other form of temporary status, provided that evidence has been provided. Applicants must currently live in one of the direct provision centres in either Dundalk, Drogheda or Monaghan.
Applicants should only apply if they are able to support their living, accommodation and travel costs themselves during their period of study at DkIT, as the scholarship does not cover such costs. They must also have applied, via the CAO, for a full-time undergraduate programme at the IT.
Additionally, applicants cannot be eligible for mainstream support funding e.g. SUSI maintenance grant or Department of Social Protection and Family Affairs payments, other than a direct provision payment. The closing date to receive applications is August 28. Find out more about the DkIT Sanctuary Scholarship.
Last month, Dublin City University announced 30 new on-campus and online Sanctuary Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Trinity College, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, University College Cork, NUI Galway and Maynooth University already have sanctuary status.
Maynooth and NUI Galway, two of the most recent additions to the list of third-level colleges and universities, have three and 12 such scholarships available for the upcoming academic year – compared to DkIT’s one.