At ATU Sligo, we want our students to reach their full potential, academically and personally. To help with this we offer a number of scholarship opportunities to our students every year.


Uversity Scholarships for Mature Students

Uversity is a Registered Charity that grants Higher Education Scholarships to Adult Learners seeking to unlock their potential and realise their academic, personal and professional ambitions. Uversity’s Scholarships help to alleviate the financial barriers that may be preventing older students, aged 23 and over, from earning a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time.

Uversity’s Scholarships comprise multi-annual financial support and programming for successful candidates to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Degrees can be in any discipline and used to enrol in selected institutions on the island of Ireland. Preference is given to candidates enrolling on full-time programmes. Part-time programmes will be considered on a case by case basis.

Learn more and apply here on the Uversity website.


Sport Scholarship Programme

The ATU Sports Scholarship programme provides supports to talented student athletes to recognise their need to balance both sporting and academic commitments. Through both financial and non-financial benefits, the ATU Sport Scholarship programme aims to reward students for their dedication and skill and provide them further opportunity to develop as students and sportspeople. For further information on the Sports Scholarship please visit the ATU Sports Scholarship Page.


ATU /GPA Postgraduate Sports Scholarship

This ATU /GPA (Gaelic Players Association) partnership allows for up to 12 fully funded, postgraduate places to male and female members of the GPA who wish to study at ATU. The scholarships will benefit current and former inter-county players who are accepted onto any full-time or part-time master’s programme within ATU.

Applicants can apply for the scholarship once they have secured their place on their programme of choice. 50% of the course cost will be covered by ATU with the remaining 50% covered by the GPA.

Submission of an applications requires two simple steps:

(a)  GPA members should identify a Masters which they are interested in and apply for the programme through the normal procedures. ATU provides a wide variety of Masters programmes in our various campuses, details of which can be viewed at the links below:Masters programmes at ATU DonegalMasters programmes at ATU Galway/MayoMasters programmes at ATU Sligo

(b) Once approved for entry to the Masters programme, applicants must apply directly to the GPA ( for the ATU/GPA scholarship providing details of the Masters programme they have been accepted onto at ATU.

Players who have any queries on these scholarship opportunities should contact the GPA’s Education Manager Brian Howard –


1916 Bursary Fund

The purpose of the 1916 Bursary is to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from groups most under-represented in higher education. To be considered for a bursary, applicants must meet College Entry, Financial and Target Group eligibility criteria. Each college has a limited number of bursaries; they will be awarded to the eligible applicants that present the greatest need.

The applications are now closed.

What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?There are three different types of bursaries – Tier 1, 2 and 3.Tier 1: €5,000 per year for the normal duration of an undergraduate programme – or up to a maximum of six years for a part-time programme.Tier 2: €2,000 per year for the normal duration of an undergraduate programme – or up to a maximum of six years for a part-time programme.Tier 1 & Tier 2 bursaries will also be paid if the awardee progresses to postgraduate study.Tier 3: Awardees will receive a once-off bursary of €1,500 for the 2022/23 academic year only.

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?

Any students entering year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in the academic year (2022/23), full or part-time, with a household reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2021, who are in the identified target groups, can apply for the bursary. Students who are entering directly to year 2 of a programme via the advanced entry route can also apply. For more information, please review the applicant pack and the FAQ documents.  

Application pack


Dearcán Foundation Scholarship

The Dearcán Foundation was founded in 2021 in memory of a John Sisk & Son employee, Dave Tracey, the long serving manager of the John G. Sisk Training Centre. Dave endeavoured to ensure that young people were supported in pursuing whatever their chosen career was whether in construction or otherwise.

This scholarship offers €10,000 to one student at ATU to support them in their studies. The funds can be used for living expenses, fees, or other costs.

Applicants must:

  • Be a registered student at ATU
  • Be a new entrant to higher education
  • Be a resident of Ireland
  • Be a citizen of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland
  • Be enrolled in qualifying courses (Qualifying courses: those in quantity surveying, civil engineering, construction management, BIM)
  • Have been approved for third-level maintenance grant, SUSI Special Rate or SUSI Band 1
  • Have come from a DEIS school
  • Confirm willingness to engage with Dearcán Foundation/John Sisk & Son
  • Not be a relation of an employee of John Sisk & Son (son, daughter, parent, sibling, niece, nephew, or grandchild)


Applications Open for Submission 14 September 2023 – 6 October 2023
Finalists Selected and Notified By 1 November 2023
Finalist Interviews with Dearcán Foundation Week of 6 November 2023 (dates to be confirmed)
Awards Announced 15 November 2023


How to Apply

To apply, please fill out the online application form, by clicking on this link –

Applications are due by midnight on 6 October 2023. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Please note that the application requires confirmation that students agree for ATU to share their personal information with Community Foundation Ireland in order to undergo the assessment process.

All applications are assessed by Community Foundation Ireland. If you have questions, please contact Melanie Steinhardt


ATU Sligo Presidents Bursary Fund

The Institute has an important role in driving economic and social development in the North West of Ireland. Relevant, effective Research and Innovation is a key element of this. We have a vibrant and productive research community, active in the undergraduate, postgraduate and professional research spheres. The President of ATU Sligo supports many research opportunities each year for students to help accomplish this important work. This bursary will provide research students with a maintenance grant and paid tuition fees.

Visit the research page to find out more


Industry Sponsored Bursaries

ATU Sligo have partnered with Abbott Nutrition, Avenue Mould Solutions, Moll Industries Ireland Ltd., Ophardt Hygiene Ireland, Prior PLM Medical and Ward Automation to offer financial bursaries of up to €1000 to CAO applicants choosing to study AU834 BEng in Precision Engineering and Design This is to help combat the huge skill shortages within this specialist area of mechanical engineering.

Interested students can contact companies directly for more information. Companies will award the bursary to students on successful completion of first year exams in AU834 BEng in Precision Engineering & Design at ATU Sligo.

Visit the programme page to learn more.

Access Office

To learn more about the supports available at ATU Sligo please visit our Access Office webpage here. 

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