Creative Bursary

Griffith College & IAPI Creative Bursary 2021

Could your school win a share of €10,000?

Griffith College has partnered with the Institute of Advertising Practitioners Ireland (IAPI) to encourage secondary school students to take part in their Creative Bursary competition.

The application is currently closed with the winners of the 2021 competition announced:

  • Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount, Dublin 8
  • Old Bawn Community Schools, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • Limerick Educate Together Secondary School, Limerick
  • Meánscoil San Nioclas, Dungarvan, Waterford
  • Boherbue Comprehensive School, Cork

The most enjoyable part of the project for me, as a teacher, was seeing students discover skills they never realised they had. Some had never studied art befrore were surprised that they both enjoyed it and were good at it. I also realised how clued in the students are when it comes to social media campaigns and I certainly learned a lot from them. 

- Barry Kennedy, Art Teacher, Presentation Secondary School


The Faculty of Journalism and Media Communications at Griffith College has collaborated with IAPI on the Creative Bursary for DEIS post-primary schools in Ireland, or schools that can identify a disadvantage in their ability to meet their students’ creative needs, since 2019. This initiative aims to encourage students to consider careers in creative commercial sectors. The total bursary funding is €10,000 and goes towards improving the winning schools' art departments, investing in equipment and projects to develop their students' creative skills. IAPI member agencies also provide the students with an experiential opportunity, opening up the creative commercial sector to them as a possible career prospect in the future.

The Creative Bursary has become a key project for IAPI. This initiative allows us to reach out to talented secondary students from all over the country and ensure they are aware of the possibilities open to them within the creative communications sector

- Charley Stoney,  CEO of IAPI