Aspire Scholarships

These scholarships are intended by the donor as a contribution to the recovery of the Irish economy. They are specifically for those who could not otherwise afford to study at UCD Smurfit School. Please note that to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be accepted to their chosen programme and must complete a separate scholarship application form.
Open Date 5th February 2018
Close Date 11th May 2018
Status Closed
Value Multiple MSc and MBA awards of 50% tuition fees

Impact of the Aspire programme

Since 2010, the impact of the Aspire Programme has been tremendous. Thanks to the donor’s generosity, many students have benefitted from financial support towards the cost of their tuition fees. Our Aspire graduates have excelled in their fields, and many are employed in leading companies such as Google, Citi, KPMG, Ulster Bank, PepsiCo, Microsoft, AIB, Accenture, Mitsubishi and PwC.

The scholarships cover half the fees for the relevant courses.

In addition, if you receive a scholarship and you need to borrow the other half of the fees, there are special arrangements in place to help you to do so.

The Aspire Scholarship Programme represents an extraordinary gesture of belief by the donor in the resilience of this country and the calibre of Ireland's graduates. 

If you have the talent, the drive and the initiative to study at UCD Smurfit School and to go on to a successful career, but are being held back by your personal financial circumstances, one of these scholarships could be for you. This year we are offering:

  • Up to 3 MBA Scholarships.
  • Up to 9 Scholarships for our specified Business Masters programmes.

For study commencing in September 2018.

You will also have to demonstrate clear evidence of financial need in order to qualify for an Aspire scholarship. As part of your application you will need to complete a Financial Questionnaire which can be downloaded from the link below.  Applicants should upload the completed questionnaire with their application.

Aspire Scholarship - Financial Questionnaire 2018


Open to all specified MSc Business, MBA and Executive MBA applicants who are ordinarily and legally resident in Ireland and who meet the entry requirements of their chosen programme. Please note the GMAT deadline for MBA applicants is 14 May 2018.

View our course entry criteria for more details

*Please note the following MSc courses are not covered by Aspire Scholarships:

  • MSc Biotechnology & Business
  • MSc Biotherapeutics & Business
  • MSc International Law & Business
  • MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Design
  • MSc Pathway
  • MPhil

In order to be considered for the scholarships, you must;

  1. Firstly, you must complete and submit an online application to a UCD Smurfit Taught Masters programme by 11th May 2018. Click here to apply for a UCD Smurfit Taught Masters. Please note you must have an offer from us before proceeding with step 2.
  2. Complete the online Scholarship Application Form. All required fields must be completed. Click here to complete the Scholarship Application Form. Please note that you will not see these scholarships at this link until you have submitted a valid application by 11th May 2018 (step 1 above).
  3. Ensure you complete and submit the Financial Questionnaire with your application. The form can be downloaded from this link: Aspire Scholarship - Financial Questionnaire 2018

We believe such a generous and far sighted initiative needs special adjudication. So, we have put together a high level Review Committee to determine who will receive the Aspire scholarships. The committee will be chaired by Cormac McCarthy, Former CEO of Ulster Bank and CFO of Paddy Power plc, representatives from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a business leader representing the School’s alumni. The views of the donor will also be considered by the Review Committee in the decision making process.

If you have any queries regarding the Aspire Scholarship programme or the related application process please contact:

Carole Deering, Admissions Manager or Emma Mescall, Senior Admissions Administrator

by email or phone 01 716 8033

Scholarships Notice

Candidates qualifying for more than one scholarship or bursary and successful in that, can’t add or combine them. They will be awarded the higher amount. Candidates can't transfer or use one scholarship or bursary between or against another programme. Scholarships and bursaries are also not allowed to be deferred to a future academic year so will be awarded to the student for the year they are offered a place only in UCD Smurfit. That is, students can't defer their place in UCD Smurfit to a future year.

Discover our Rankings and Accreditations