'Of the Community, For the Community' Scholarship

Open to students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


The ‘For the Community, Of the Community’ scholarship is supported by Dr Susan K Whoriskey and Dr Doug Baker.

It offers three scholarships of £6,000 for each year of the 4-year degree to cover tuition fees. The rest can be used to cover your living costs.

It's open to students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland who are applying for our Graduate Entry Medicine: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme, starting in August 2021.

The programme consists of:

  • two scholarships to support students from Northern Ireland
  • one scholarship to support a student from the Republic of Ireland, with priority given to students applying from Co Donegal

Application are accepted between 5-16 July 2021 for students starting the MBBS programme in August 2021.


Hear more about the scholarship programme from Dr. Susan Whoriskey:


Eligibility Criteria for students from Northern Ireland

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must:

  1. hold Northern Ireland residency status
  2. hold an offer for the MBBS programme starting in August 2021 and have met all the academic entry criteria
  3. have an annual household income of £27,434 or less based on the median annual earnings (Oct. 2019)
  4. meet at least one of these criteria:
    1. be the main carer for a family member or dependent
    2. be experienced in giving care
    3. receive disability living allowance or personal independence payments or other benefits
    4. live permanently in an area of high deprivation/low participation (Quintile 1).  You can check eligibility using the ISRA postcode checker.
    5. attend or have attended a secondary school with a Free School Meal Entitlement of 50% or more.  You can check eligibility on the Department for Education website.

Eligibility Criteria for students from the Republic of Ireland

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must:

  1. hold Republic of Ireland residency status. Please list your permanent home address if it is in Co Donegal.
  2. hold an offer for the MBBS programme, commencing August 2021 and have met all the academic entry criteria.
  3. have an annual household income of €31,500 or less based on the SUSI standard rate for postgraduate study
  4. meet at least one of the following criteria:
    1. be the main carer for a family member or dependent
    2. be experienced in giving care
    3. receive disability living allowance or personal independence payments or other benefits.
    4. live permanently in an area of high deprivation/low participation.
    5. attend or have attended a Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) post-primary school. You can check eligibility on the Department of Education website.
    6. have a medical card

Save the Dates

  • Applications open:  5 July 2021
  • Applications close:  16 July 2021
  • Selection process and decision made:  23 July 2021

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