Sanctuary Scholarships

At a glance

  • Value: varies
  • You must be applying for a degree programme in UCC, through the CAO route to be eligible for this scholarship
  • Questions about this scholarship can be directed to


Eligibility to apply 

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



There are four aspects to successfully becoming a Sanctuary Scholar to start in UCC in September 2020. All four must be achieved.

(1) You must apply to the Central Applications Office (CAO, for a UCC undergraduate course via either

  • the Leaving Certificate Route (CAO deadline 5.15pm 1st May 2020),
  • FETAC route (CAO deadline 5.15pm 1st May 2020) or
  • the Mature Student Route (CAO deadline closed as of 1st February 2020). 

(2) You must complete this online UCC Sanctuary Scholarship Application Form 2020 by 5pm, 5th May 2020. The online form will close after this time and late applications of any kind will not be accepted.

(3) You must be offered a UCC undergraduate course via the CAO application process (typically by mid to late-August 2019 – see the CAO website for more details).

(4) You must be ranked amongst the top scholarship application candidates by the UCC Sanctuary Scholarship Committee to be offered a Sanctuary Scholarship.


As noted in part (2) above, the scholarship application process, involves completing the application form below. The 'Your Personal Statements' section is an important part of the application. This part involves writing three personal statements: 400 words (max) on the reason for your top UCC course choice, 400 words (max) on your learner profile, and 400 words (max) on the importance of education and your future plans. Please note that if you are matched with a UCC academic mentor, you should email your mentor with up to two drafts of your personal statements so that they can provide feedback on each statement ahead of the 5th May 2020 closing date.

You will also need to ask a referee to write a reference to accompany your application (more than one reference is acceptable). Referees can be a teacher, a community leader or other person who can confirm your commitment as a student, and your potential for independent study and reflective thinking. The reference(s) should be emailed by referee(s) to before 5pm, 5th May 2020.

Closing date for completion of your scholarship application is 5pm, 5th May 2020. **No applications will be accepted after this time**.


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