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.
Open Date 1st February 2018
Close Date 11th May 2018
Status Closed
Value 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 any of our other Masters programmes.

For study commencing in September 2018

You will need to be normally and legally resident in Ireland and meet the entry requirements for the course you want to study. In other words, for example, if you want to do an MBA, you will need to be qualified to do an MBA at UCD Smurfit School.

View our course entry criteria for more details

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 2017


In order to be considered for the scholarships, candidates must apply by 12th May 2017;

  1. have completed and submitted an online application to UCD Smurfit for the Taught Masters programme they hope to take in 2017/18. Click here to apply for a UCD Smurfit Taught Masters.
  2. have completed the simple online Scholarship Application Form. All required fields must be completed on the Form. 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 (step 1 above).

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, CFO Paddy Power, representatives from UCD School of Business and a business leader representing the school 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, email

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.

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