Academic

The Quercus Talented Students’ Programme seeks motivated students who can demonstrate high intellectual achievement, yet want to challenge themselves further by undertaking a university degree programme.

To this end, UCC offers three types of Quercus Academic Scholarships, for both prospective and current students, namely;

  • Quercus Entrance Scholars - Approximately 60 students will be selected on the basis of their performance in the Leaving Certificate or EU equivalent. In any one year, up to 15 scholarships will be awarded in relation to any one of the Colleges as follows: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; Business and Law; Medicine and Health; Science, Engineering and Food Science. There is no need to apply for this Scholarship as successful students will be notified automatically.
  • Quercus College Scholars - Approximately 125 undergraduate/level 8 programme students awarded scholarships at College level will be selected to participate in the Quercus programme. Scholars will be selected on the basis of the results of their University exams in the year immediately preceding the year in which the Scholarship is awarded.
  • Quercus University Scholars - Up to 10 Quercus University Scholarships will be awarded every year. This strand is targeted at students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. To be eligible for consideration, currently registered students, with the exception of final year students, will be invited to make an application by the relevant Colleges in University College Cork based on their previous academic results. Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview.

How do I apply?

  1. The Quercus Entrance Scholarship is dependent on Leaving Certificate results or EU equivalent. There is no need to apply for this Scholarship as successful students will be notified automatically.
  2. The Quercus College Scholars will be notified by the relevant Colleges in University College Cork, consequently there is no need to apply for this Scholarship.
  3. The Quercus University Scholars will be invited to make an application by the relevant Colleges in University College Cork based on students' previous academic results.

Am I eligible?

All students are eligible for consideration for the Quercus Entrance Scholarships based on their Leaving Certificate results or EU equivalent.

The Quercus College Scholarships are open to all current UCC students based on their previous year's examination results.

All current UCC students, with the exception of final year students, are eligible for consideration for the Quercus University Scholarships.

The successful applicant will:

  • show outstanding achievement within their discipline(s), and will normally be the highest scoring student in continuous assessment and end of semester examinations in the programme of study.
  • show evidence of participation and engagement with the programme of study.
  • show evidence of communication skills, dissemination and engaging with/mentoring peers, related to the discipline (e.g. oral presentation, poster presentation, publication).
  • demonstrate, inter-alia, writing, research/enquiry and critical thinking skills.

They may also:

  • show evidence of provincial, national or international achievement.
  • show evidence of contribution to scholarship.
  • demonstrate excellence in areas not exclusive to their specialist domain.
  • show relevant connections with other disciplinary areas, placing their own discipline in a wider/broader context.
  • demonstrate skills of reflection and an understanding of the value of reflection in the learning process.
  • demonstrate evidence of leadership and initiative.

Scholarship Benefits

The five strands of talented students within the programme will benefit from a wide range of academic, financial, personal, and other supports. Each talented student will begin the programme with a one-to-one meeting with the Director of the Quercus Programme. This meeting will involve an assessment of the student’s needs, following which an individual programme plan will be developed and agreed for the forthcoming year. Individual programme plans will endeavour to ensure that participation in the Talented Students Programme will lead to a broadening of students’ full spectrum of talents.

For Quercus Entrance Scholars these benefits may include:

  • Bursary
  • Participation in Quercus lecture series
  • Invitations to relevant networking events


For Quercus College Scholars these benefits may include:

  • Bursary
  • Participation in Quercus lecture series
  • Invitations to relevant networking events


For Quercus University Scholars these benefits may include:

  • Campus Accommodation
  • Fee Waiver
  • Travel/research Bursary
  • Summer internship
  • Life Coaching
  • Participation in Quercus lecture series
  • Individualised Career advice
  • Academic Mentor
  • Invitations to relevant networking events
  • Participation in relevant workshops/master classes

Find out about our Quercus Taught Masters Academic Scholarships here.

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