Limerick college introduces scholarship for International Protection Applicants

A LIMERICK college has announced the introduction of a scholarship programme for International Protection Applicants.

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has announced the launch of the  Postgraduate University of Sanctuary Scholarship
Programme, which will be awarded to two eligible students undertaking postgraduate study from September 2023.

The scholarships are open to those who are international protection
applicants or have been granted refugee status, Subsidiary Protection, or Discretionary Leave to Remain, and are not currently eligible for a SUSI grant, in addition to having successfully applied for a postgraduate programme at MIC.

The awards consists of an annual stipend of €3,000 and a full fee waiver for the programme of study.

MIC’s Director of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and
Interculturalism, Professor Lorraine McIlrath, said: “MIC has been
supporting the most vulnerable communities that face barriers to
accessing higher education for many years.”

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“The MIC Postgraduate University of Sanctuary Scholarship Programme is another step towards this commitment and will offer those within the international protection systems financial support, as they do not qualify for free fees if they have lived in Ireland for less than three years,” she said.

“As a higher education institution, we offer support and sanctuary to these students through these scholarships and through our commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and interculturalism.”

The MIC Postgraduate University of Sanctuary Scholarship Programme Awards are awarded through MIC’s Office of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Interculturalism (EDII) and are designed to increase participation for International Protection Applicants, refugees, and vulnerable migrant groups on a merit basis.