ATU Donegal offers a range of scholarships for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.  Brief details on each of our scholarships is detailed below.  Please click on each scholarship for further information including eligibility criteria, the scholarship value and the application procedure.

  1. REACH Scholarship
  2. New Entrant Sports Scholarship
  3. Optum Healthcare Scholarship
  4. The 1916 Bursary Fund 
  5. Sanctuary Scholarship 
  6. Uversity Mature Learner Scholarship
  7. Pushing Boundaries Scholarship (Postgraduate)
  8. The DCIL Independent Living Scholarship
  9. ATU Donegal/GPA Postgraduate Sports Scholarship

REACH Scholarships

ATU Donegal has established a Bursary Scheme (REACH) to support and facilitate students wishing to complete an undergraduate programme. REACH is targeting students who might not progress onto third level due to having a disability or lacking the financial wherewithal to participate. Click here for eligibility criteria and application procedures. 

The DCIL Independent Living Scholarship

Donegal Centre for Independant Living has introduced this scholarship as part of a project to support students with a disability by means of a financial bursary. The budget for this project is currently € 750.00 per annum per Student, awarded each year over the span of their chosen course. The Scholarship is to enable the student to achieve greater independence and empowerment through participation in college life and to enhance their confidence to live independently.

Click here for the Independent Living Scholarship Terms & Conditions
Click here for the Independent Living Scholarship Application form

New Entrant Sports Scholarships

The New Entrant Sports Scholarship targets students who are competing at a high level in one of our priority sports of Gaelic Football (men/ladies), Hurling, Soccer (men/ladies) and Basketball (men/ladies). We also consider applications on a case-by-case basis in other sports from athletes who demonstrate an ability to compete at Junior or Senior International level. Click here for eligibility criteria and application procedures..

Optum North-West Healthcare Scholarships

The Optum Ireland scholarship aims to support the enhancement of the healthcare system in the region and invest in a 21st century health workforce that meets the needs of tomorrow. This scholarship aims to promote diversity in higher education by supporting young people from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds. The scholarship aims to support young people in County Donegal, particularly those who are less advantaged, to access third-level education. In line with the Company’s mission, the scheme will support and enhance the healthcare infrastructure in the North-West. The scholarship targets students who have applied for specific programmes in Science, Technology and Nursing & Health. The scholarship scheme is now accepting applications. The application deadline is 5pm Friday 27 May.

To find out more about the scholarship click  HERE and to apply click on the application form click HERE. A reference from the Principal must accompany the application form, you can download the reference document  HERE . Please note, this year Optum Ireland will accept digital application forms. The Principal of your school must review your completed application form before completing the template reference attached. Please be advised that the reference is confidential and a scanned copy should be sent from the Principal directly to

The 1916 Bursary Fund 

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support the implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently underrepresented in higher education. The Bursaries are targeted at students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the target groups that have low participation rates in higher education including mature students, students with a disability, Irish Travellers, Ethnic minorities, Lone Parents and Further Education Award holders.Applications will open in August/September.

Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme

ATU Donegal's Sanctuary Scholarship initiative aims to welcome refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into our college community, and to fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary.   Applications from those in Direct Provision will be given priority.

Click here for eligibility criteria and application procedures.

Uversity - Mature Learner Scholarship

Uversity is a Registered Charity that has been awarding Higher Education Scholarships to Adult Learners since 2018. Uversity’s Scholarships aim to make a degree possible by offering successful candidates financial support and programming to achieve their educational, personal and professional goals.  Uversity’s Scholarships are for adult learners to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time that will help transform their lives and the lives of those around them. Scholarships enable successful candidates to pursue a degree in any discipline in ATU Donegal. Preference is given to candidates enrolling on full-time programmes, however other programmes will be considered on a case by case basis.  For further information on the Uversity Scholarship scheme visit the Uversity website at .  Closing date for applications is 25 March 2022.

Pushing Boundaries Scholarships

This scholarship initiative is specifically aimed at applicants interested in applying for Full-time Taught Postgraduate Masters.   The Pushing Boundaries Scholarship is a fees scholarship and is designed for those students who are in receipt of no other form of financial assistance to study from a grant awarding body. The Pushing Boundaries scholarship is only available to EU Students. Click here for eligibility criteria and application procedureshere.

ATU Donegal/GPA Postgraduate Sports Scholarship

This recently launched ATU Donegal/GPA (Gaelic Players Association) partnership allows for up to 4 fully funded, postgraduate places to male and female members of the GPA who wish to study at ATU Donegal. The value of each scholarship is up to €5,750 for one year only and will be delivered through a full or partial fee waiver where necessary. ATU Donegal will contribute 50% of the programme fee to a maximum of €2,875 with the GPA contributing the remaining 50% of the programme fee to a maximum of €2,875. If the programme fee is higher than €5,750 then the successful applicant will be liable for any shortfall that may exist.

Submission of an applications requires two simple steps:

(a) GPA members must apply to their programme of choice at ATU Donegal through the normal procedures. Click here for full list of ATU Donegal postgraduate courses available and application details.

(b) Applicants must subsequently apply directly to the GPA for the ATU Donegal/GPA postgraduate scholarship providing details of the postgraduate programme they have applied for at ATU Donegal.

Further details on these scholarships and eligibility criteria contact and