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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.



SUSI 3rd level funding grant applications now open

Applications for SUSI 3rd level funding grants for the 2019/20 academic year are now open

SUSI 3rd level funding grant applications now open

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) - the centralised grant application scheme for third-level students, reopens for both new and renewal applications as of -  Thursday 25th of April, 2019.

Application Process

SUSI administers the student grant scheme in its entirety. For the 2017/18 academic year, SUSI processed more than 103,000 applications with approximately 80,000 students awarded grant funding. SUSI expects to receive up to 99,000 over the coming months, so students are advised to apply as soon as possible.  

Who can apply

Eligible students in approved full-time, third-level education in Ireland and, in some cases, students studying outside the State can access grant funding. All types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education can apply.
It is important that students progressing to the next year of their course remember that they must renew their grants annually.

Any student who thinks they might be eligible for a SUSI grant is urged to submit their application online to SUSI as soon as possible to ensure that it is processed as quickly as possible. Click to check your eligibility using SUSI's Eligibility Reckoner

The priority closing dates for the 2019/20 student grant scheme are:

  • 11th July for new applicants
  • 13th June for renewals from students already in college.

Note: As a new grant applicant, you do not need to have accepted a place on a college course in order to apply for a grant. You can do this later in the process.

SUSI has made a useful video for applicants with tips on applying for the grant

For further details and access to the online application, visit www.susi.ie

The student grant scheme is quite a detailed application process so it is crucial that you apply as early as possible if you plan to take-up a course of study this year. Grant applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so the earlier you apply and get any supporting documents required submitted to SUSI, the earlier you will have a response on the outcome of your application to put your mind at ease when it comes to starting college.


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