The University College Dublin is glad to invite applications for the Ad Astra Academic Scholarship Programmes. Those scholarships are open to any student commencing undergraduate program for September in one of the defined fields mentioned below. They will be selected based on their academic and leadership performance. The closing date of application is August 20 every year.
The UCD Ad Astra Academic scholarship programme seeks to recruit exceptional, high-achieving students and provide them with additional support and unique opportunities as they study for a degree at UCD. These students will have a proven record of academic excellence and a desire to continue to achieve at the highest level. The programme is designed to further foster their talents by providing these students with a range of benefits, mentoring and development opportunities to allow them to perform to their full potential. There are over 160 Ad Astra Academic Scholars in undergraduate programmes across the University including BA, Science, Law, Business, Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, Actuarial & Financial Studies, Psychology, Physiotherapy and Veterinary Medicine.
The value of the scholarship for new scholars entering the programme in September is €3,000 which can be used to offset the cost of fees, accommodation, or used as a bursary. Other benefits may also be given.
Level and Area of Studies
Undergraduate degree in the field of Science, Law, Business, Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, Actuarial & Financial Studies, Psychology, Physiotherapy and Veterinary Medicine.
Place of Study
At the University College Dublin in Ireland.
Eligibility and Criteria
Ad Astra Academic Scholarships for September onwards will be awarded on the basis of the academic criteria of 6 H1’s in the first sitting of the Leaving Cert (or A Level equivalent), as well as an online application. The application will consist of a personal statement and a statement of achievement ‘beyond the classroom’. Achievement ‘beyond the classroom’ could include:
- Achievement in national competition such as Young Scientist, Maths Olympiad or Debating
- Evidence of active citizenship or volunteering for example through a Silver or Gold Gaisce Award
- Evidence of innovation or entrepreneurship
- Evidence of leadership in a school, club or sporting context
- Achievement in cultural, musical or artistic pursuits
There is no citizenship restriction.
Application should be made online through the link below.
August 20 every year.