DSS Employability Programme

DSS Employability Programme Scholarship

DSS Scholarship: What is it?

The DSS scholarship is an award of financial aid that will help students to further their education while at the same time the programme is specifically designed to support the development of students employability skills which will involve a time commitment of approximately 50 hours across the academic year. You must have completed first year of your undergraduate Degree to apply to the scholarship programme.


How much is the scholarship worth & what will it involve?

The scholarship is worth €2000 though the real value is much greater given the skills that students will develop and the experiences they will undertake as a DSS Scholar. Payments will be made to students in four instalments of €500  throughout the academic year. Successful students will be required to take part in the following once they have been awarded a scholarship.



DSS Mentoring Programme

If you are successful in your scholarship application then you will be assigned to a mentor in a locally based graduate employer. Once assigned you will meet on site in your mentors company in Cork a total of 5 to 6 times before the end of Semester 2 next April. Each meeting will last approximately 1 hour and will focus on a specific topic of your choosing.




UCC Works Programme

The UCC Works Award is a professional skills development programme, and demonstrates that you have engaged in, and developed professional skills through extra-curricular activities and work experience. On this programme you will undertake voluntary work experience for a total of 40 hours. You will find more information on the UCC Works programme here: UCC Works





Employability Skills Workshops

DSS Scholars will also participate in a series of employability skills workshops that will focus on CV development, interview skills , and career planning. These workshops will involve a time commitment of approximately 4 hours.



How to apply:

To apply to the Scholarship Programme please complete the online application form which you will find here: Insert link to application form



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