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18 December 2014  


The Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Scholarships and Prizes

Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart was born in Wicklow in 1799, the son of a clergyman. In 1829 he obtained the licence of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and MD of Edinburgh. Early in his medical career he specialised in the treatment of mental illness and established an asylum in Lucan. This proved to be inadequate for the numbers seeking admission and, in 1873, he transferred to another house in Palmerstown where he set up the Stewart Institution. The existence of the Stewart’s Hospital today is largely due to the funds originally provided by Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart.

In 1888 a bequest was received by Trinity College, Dublin and the Royal University of Ireland, from the estate of Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart, for the establishment of Medical and Literary Scholarships. On the dissolution of the Royal University, its share of the Trust was allocated equally between the Queen's University of Belfast and the National University of Ireland.

The Trust is administered by three Trustees (representing the respective beneficiaries), one from Trinity College, Dublin, one from the Queen's University of Belfast and one from the National University of Ireland. Under the terms of the trust it is further provided that two-thirds of the income be allocated for the provision of medical scholarships and one-third for the provision of literary scholarships


The Dr H H Stewart Scholarships and Prizes (Scholarships, €1,000 each; First, Second and Third Places: Medals)

Offered for 2014
No Application Necessary

The Dr H H Stewart Literary Scholarships and Prizes

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

These awards will be based on the results of the First Arts Examinations and, where the course and examinations are the same as for First Arts, the First Commerce International and BCL (Europe) Examinations in those subjects in the NUI Constituent Universities. The recipients of the Scholarships and Medals will be determined by an agreed Extern Examiner in each subject, who will consider selected examination material of the students achieving the highest marks in those subjects in each of the Constituent Universities. First Arts and First Commerce International students in each of the Constituent Universities will be eligible automatically for consideration for these Scholarships and Medals.

Students whose first language is French, German, Italian or Spanish will not be considered for the Scholarships and Medals in the respective languages. There are no special application procedures or entry requirements.

The Dr H H Stewart Medical Scholarships and Prizes

Offered for 2014
No Application Necessary

  • Anaesthesiaˆ
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Radiology
  • Dentistry*
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • General Practice
  • Gynaecology & Obstetrics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Ophthalmologyˆ
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacyˆ*
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy*
  • Podiatry*
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Speech and Language Therapy*
  • Surgery

* Medals are awarded for First and Second place only

The recipients of the Medical Scholarships and Prizes will be determined by an agreed Extern Examiner in each subject, who will consider examination material of students nominated by the Principals/ Deans of Medicine in the Constituent Universities and RCSI.

There are no special application procedures or entry requirements.

Introduction of a new Scholarship in Nursing

In addition to the existing Scholarship in Nursing and the Scholarship in Midwifery, the NUI will introduce a further Scholarship and Prizes in Nursing on a rotational basis. In 2014, the first of these new awards will be in Psychiatric Nursing, where a
Scholarship will be awarded, with medals for First, Second and Third places.

The NUI Club London Scholarship

Offered for 2014 (€2,000)
No Application Necessary

There are no special application procedures or entry requirements.

On 14 February 1929 a dining club for graduates of the National University of Ireland (including the Royal University of Ireland) was formally established at a dinner in Frascati’s Restaurant, in London and, two years later, the club moved into unfurnished rooms at 91 Shaftesbury Avenue. In November 1931 the Senate of the NUI provided a grant of £150 to assist in the initial furnishing of the Club which, in 1935, moved to 13A Lower Grosvenor Place. The aim of the club was to provide a centre in London for Irish graduates – ‘a home from home for young graduates, where they could meet people of their own kind with an Irish outlook’.

This important extra-mural outpost of the National University survived and functioned throughout the difficult period during the war and post-war years. In 1949 Professor H St John Atkins, President of University College Cork, initiated the bi-annual Senate lectures, whereby, in rotation for many decades, each of the NUI Constituent Colleges arranged for two members of its academic staff to deliver a lecture, sponsored by the NUI Senate, to the members of the NUI Club, London. From the 1930s to the latter part of the twentieth century the Club successfully carried out its function of providing a social and cultural focus for NUI graduates in London. At a meeting of the NUI Club, London in November 2003, the members – acknowledging that the Club membership had been declining steadily during the previous fifteen years – approved a recommendation from the President of the Club, Mr Michael McCormack, that the Club should be dissolved and its assets offered as a gift to the National University of Ireland for the purpose of establishing an NUI Club London Memorial Scholarship.

Welcoming the generous gift from the NUI Club London, the NUI Senate at its meeting in January 2004, approved the Registrar’s proposal that the bequest be used to establish a Fund (‘The NUI Club London Fund’) to yield an annual income for the purpose of providing a Memorial Scholarship, to be known as ‘The NUI Club London Scholarship’, in accordance with regulations and procedures to be determined by the Senate, from time to time. This Scholarship, introduced for the first time in 2004-05, is placed on offer for competition amongst students registered in a different Faculty/College each year as determined by the Senate. The subject in which the award will be made in 2014 will be announced later.

NUI is pleased to note that the NUI Club London is undergoing a revival as a new generation of NUI graduates seek opportunities for social networking in London.