Sanctuary Scholarships

Sanctuary Scholarships 2020

We are happy to announce the 2020 UCC undergraduate (Level 8) Sanctuary Scholarships process is opening soon. Application forms will be available from (the earlier than usual) early January and close equally early in mid-April.

Please fill in this short form to register your interest in the 2020 Sanctuary Scholarships Scheme and to register your attendance at an Information Session.

Please contact if you have any queries.

Sanctuary Scholarships 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must

(1) Be an asylum seeker or a refugee who is not eligible for the state Free Fees schemeSUSI grants and/or the state pilot support scheme (documentation of status will be required)

(2) Meet the academic eligibility criteria for their chosen UCC degree course through the CAO route (including the Mature Student Entry route which closes on February 1st 2020)

(3) Be living in the Republic of Ireland and

(4) Be able to live in commuting distance to Cork during the course of their studies.


  • The scheme is targeted at people who have not had the opportunity to study at (or complete) undergraduate education.
  • The scheme does not include accommodation support. For queries please contact

Information on Application Process

Please see the advice below on applying for a Sanctuary Scholarship for study in UCC from September 2020.

General advice for applicants to UCC Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme for September 2020

  1. The Sanctuary Scholarship award requires both a traditional academic application to UCC through the CAO, and a separate scholarship application.

  2. The scholarship application form will be made available on this webpage at the beginning of January 2020, and will close on April 20th 2020 at 5 p.m

  3. There will be a general information session in UCC on December 11th at 3-4:30 p.m. in Boole 1 lecture theatre. This will be filmed and live streamed for anyone who cannot attend in person.  If you are considering attending the 2020 Scholarship Information Session, please complete the form at this link.

  4. After the information session, we will open an Expression of Interest form to assess eligibility and identify your course preference in CUC.  We will use this information to try and match possible applicants with academic mentors in UCC to assist in completing the appliction form itself.  We will not match mentors with applicants who do not hold a valid CAO number.

CAO information:

  1. Applications for scholarships will be open to those applying for undergraduate degree courses through the following CAO routes: Leaving Certificate, QQI FET/FETAC and/or Mature Student entry (note: Mature Student CAO applications closed on Feb 1st 2020). See the entry requirements for UCC undergraduate courses here.

  2. Ensure that you apply to UCC through the CAO route (Leaving Certificate or QQI FE/FETAC) before May 1st 2020. Those wishing to apply for the Mature Student Route should note the CAO deadline has now closed (as of Feb 1st 2020).

  3. Those who have applied using the Mature Student Route have a limited opportunity to change the CAO courses they wish to apply for after February 1st 2020. There are also additional assessments, interviews and costs associated with applying for certain courses. See this information on Mature Student Entry to UCC 2020

  4. Non-Mature Student (under 23 years of age on Jan 1st 2020) applicants making an application through the CAO with a view to obtaining a Sanctuary Scholarship, are advised to tick the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) box, and complete the HEAR application process (which is only available on applications submitted by February 1st 2019). Read more about the HEAR Scheme.

  5. Non-Mature Student applicants can use the CAO change of mind facility until July 1st 2020. See CAO guidance here.

  6. Non-Mature Student applicants should use the CAO Change of Mind facility wisely, as this may help gain a better chance of gaining entry into UCC. We would encourage you to apply for as many UCC courses as possible, depending on your genuine study interests and eligibility. The CAO Change of Mind facility is open until July 1st.


Please note that your Sanctuary Scholarship application won't be disadvantaged if the UCC course discussed in your scholarship application is not the UCC course you are offered in the end. Any personal statements about coming to UCC should focus on your first preference UCC course, and not on other UCC courses you have applied for. Application marks will be awarded and checked by members of the UCC Sanctuary Scholarship Committee.


If you have any questions please email

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit

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