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Students invited to apply for 2023/24 Gerard Byrne Bursary

Maya Flynn, Rafiat Agbona and Jack Spillane accept their Gerard Byrne Bursary certificates from John Kearney, NCSE CEO, during a presentation at NCBI's offices in Tallaght.

1st June 2023 – From today, NCBI is now accepting applications from students who are blind or vision impaired for our annual Gerard Byrne Bursary.

The NCBI Gerard Byrne Bursary honours the contribution of Gerard Byrne, who was a lifelong advocate for education. The bursary consists of annual grants for undergraduate students who are blind or vision impaired studying on a full-time basis at a recognised educational institution in the Republic of Ireland. The value of each scholarship is set at €2,000 per year and continues for the duration of the undergraduate programme chosen by the Bursary winners.

Toni O’Dwyer, National Services Manager for NCBI’s Children and Young Persons (CYP) team, said: “The Gerard Byrne Bursary is one of the most important tools that NCBI has in supporting young people to progress into and complete third level studies. It provides support to students who are blind or vision impaired to lift some of the financial burden of post-secondary study so they can fully focus on completing their studies within an education system that can often leave them behind. This, along with our other education resources , like Bookshare Ireland and individualised support from the CYP team, continue to help break down barriers to education for people who are blind or vision impaired and who wish to progress beyond college and into the workforce.

“We would encourage students to read our accessible awarding criteria document, which is available on the NCBI website, and to apply if you are eligible. We can’t wait to meet our eventual 2023/24 Gerard Byrne Bursary award winners and to see how far they have and will come in their education goals.”

Deadline for applications is 21st July 2023. Students who wish to submit queries about the bursary can do so at

All details are available on NCBI’s Gerard Byrne Bursary webpage.