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Minister Joe McHugh Announces Professor William C. Campbell Bursary

New bursary opportunity for science students from Deis schools, honouring legacy of Nobel Prize winner Professor William C. Campbell

Minister Joe McHugh Announces Professor William C. Campbell Bursary

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD has announced a new bursary opporunity for those studying science subjects at Leaving Cert level and intending on continuing their studies in one of a named selection of scientific disciplines at Undergraduate level. The bursary competition will be open to students from Deis schools who are exempt from the Leaving Certificate fee, and who will study either Zoology, Medicine, Physiology, or Biodmedical Sciences at an approved Higher Education Institution in the 2019/20 academic year.



The bursary will honour the work and legacy of Professor William C. Campbell, a Nobel Prize winner who was born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal. Professor Campbell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2015 for his work in curing River Blindeness Disease. The cure for the disease, which is caused by a parasitic worm, has saved the sight of hundreds of millions of people in Africa, Latin America and Yemen.  

The Minister has said that the aim of the award is "to encourage the next generation of students to strive to replicate achievements like Professor Campbell's, which have transformed the lives of millions of people across the world." Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD added that the bursary "gives an important opportunity to students in Deis schools in furthering their scientific studies at third level."

The bursary competition will be open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2019.
  • Students must be sitting their Leaving Certificate in Deis school and be exempt from the Leaving Certificate fee.
  • Students must have applied to study Zoology, Medicine, Physiology, or Biomedical Sciences at Undergraduate level in an approved Higher Education Institution.
  • Students must have studied at least two science subjects, one of which must be Biology.
The bursary will be awarded to the applicant who has the highest number of marks on their exam papers in any combination of two science subjects counted for CAO purposes, one of which must be Biology.

To learn more about the William C. Campbell Bursary, click here.
See updates from The Department of Education and Skills here.

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