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What is our third-level scholarship programme?


Jessica Hayes (left),
our inaugural Third 
Level Scholarship winner
pictured at our Annual 
Conferring Ceremony in
November 2014 where 
she was conferred as a
Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) 

Our Third Level Scholarship programme is your opportunity to receive financial assistance through third-level education and progress to the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) programme to begin your career as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

If you aspire to a dynamic profession, one which offers top-level opportunities in business and industry, but require financial support to progress to third level, then our scholarship programme is ideal for you.

The 2018 Scholarship winner Lauren Hogan is pictured here receiving the Scholarship from Marie Bradley, President, Irish Tax Institute. Lauren is in her first year of studying Global Business at Trinity College Dublin.

Who can apply?

Leaving Certificate students in the Republic of Ireland who are interested in a career in tax but who require financial support to progress to third level can apply for this scholarship.

Applicants must:

    • be nominated by the school Guidance Counsellor with an accompanying reference, 
    • feel that they will be able to achieve at least 420 points in the Leaving Certificate, 
    • be interested in studying a relevant third-level qualification (business, legal or other relevant discipline), and 
    • be motivated, enthusiastic students who are committed to entering into the exciting and dynamic world of tax.

Mature students who are applying to study a relevant qualification may also apply.

On completion of his or her relevant third-level undergraduate degree, the scholar is expected to proceed to complete the three-year part time Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) programme 
in the appropriate timescale, to qualify as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

How do I Apply for a Scholarship?

Full details on how to apply for the Scholarship are included in our brochure which you can download here. Before applying, please ensure that you have fully read the terms and conditions.  

What will the Scholarship Cover?

The Third-Level Scholarship Programme will (subject to the Rules of the Scholarship) provide an award towards living expenses and books. This amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Scholarship Committee. This will be paid to the Scholar on a monthly basis from October to May. The amount of the Scholarship will be decided by the judging panel and their decision is final. On completion of the third-level undergraduate degree, the Scholarship will cover the costs of the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.

Why choose a Career as a CTA?

If you are looking for a career that offers you a recognised professional title, a defined career path offering excellent financial reward and intellectual challenges in a dynamic, constantly changing environment, then you will enjoy a challenging and rewarding career as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).  For more about the career, visit our dedicated career website www.careerintax.ie.

How will the Scholar be selected?

The Irish Tax Institute Third-Level Scholarship Committee, comprising of education and taxation experts associated with the Institute, will undertake the selection process. All applications will be reviewed by the committee and evaluated according to the following criteria:

    • Candidate’s motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to completing this Scholarship Programme and to pursuing a career in taxation;

    • a proven academic record showing the candidate’s ability to successfully complete a relevant third-level course and the  Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification;

    • the existence of an economic barrier that may prevent the student from continuing on to third-level education after completion of the Leaving Certificate;

    • the candidate’s suitability in terms of skills and personal qualities demonstrated in the application form and interview process;

    • the ability to achieve 420 points in the Leaving Certificate.

The Scholarship Committee will assess the applications and shortlist a number of candidates for interviews, which will take place following the issue of the Leaving Certificate results.

Following the interviews, the successful candidate will receive his or her award and will be officially presented with his or her Scholarship at the Irish Tax Institute conferring ceremony

The decision is final and the Institute will not enter into negotiation following the announcement of the winner.

Support for the Scholar

The Scholar will be provided with a mentor from the Irish Tax Institute to provide support to them throughout their time in the Scholarship Programme. The Scholar will also be required to maintain regular contact with their mentor and the Institute throughout the years of the Scholarship and to participate in events associated with the Scholarship and promotion of the career of the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

For further details, please contact scholarship@taxinstitute.ie