Scholarship Programme 2022

Ellie Comiskey at our Dockland Campus

Be Different. Make a Difference.

Our Scholarship Programme, in partnership with Griffith College, is designed to identify and nurture talent and to support motivated individuals to start a career while pursuing further education.

We are looking for people from all backgrounds who are passionate, energetic and driven to achieve their career goals.

We will provide an environment where you can:

  • Undertake a fully funded part-time honours degree
  • Grow your career while helping to influence and shape the best outcomes for the public good
  • Gain experience and invest in your future.

"The Scholarship Programme has given me the confidence to take the next step in my career journey. I think it is an excellent opportunity for individuals to get on the career ladder at the Central Bank while pursuing further education" - Ellie Comiskey

Our Scholarship Programme

We are offering successful applicants a four-year employment contract and, in partnership with Griffith College, a place on one of these three-year part-time degree courses:

Part-time students at Griffith College study the same course as the full-time students and  take the same exams each year. The difference with part-time courses is that they are taught in a more condensed manner as you have less class time. You will receive more detailed lecture notes and you will be expected to complete more independent study. You will have a Griffith College mentor for the duration of your study if you need extra help.

Generally, the part-time degree course requires a commitment of two evenings per week in year one, three evenings in year two and up to four evenings in year three. There can be slight differences to this schedule, depending on the course you choose.

Starting in October 2022, successful applicants to our Scholarship Programme will work full-time at Central Bank of Ireland while completing their studies part-time at Griffith College. You will be placed in suitable roles across a range of business areas and you will work on projects that contribute to the financial stability of the economy and the protection of consumers.

 "The Central Bank put funding and trust into us young scholars throughout the programme and now that I have finished my degree, I can give back to the organisation with hard work and dedication" - Jack Osborne 

Learning Journey

As a member of the Scholarship Programme, you can expect:

  • A comprehensive induction to enable you to start developing your technical competencies and relevant soft skills
  • Career development guidance with a dedicated HR representative and committed manager for the duration of the programme
  • On-the-job training within your placement area to enable you to perform to your best ability in your new role
  • Access to a cohort of scholars at various stages of the programme to support you through your learning journey
  • State-of-the-art in-house training facilities and study spaces at our expanded Dockland Campus.
  "I've gained four years' work experience at the Central Bank and attained an honours level business degree in Griffith College at such a young age. This is something I will forever be grateful for" - Rion Williams 


On the Scholarship Programme, you can expect:

  • A competitive salary (c. €28,411)
  • 24 days' annual leave
  • Access to our modern and recently expanded Dockland Campus
  • Flexible working hours and excellent work-life balance
  • Hybrid working (up to 50% at home, remainder in office) to balance the flexibility that working from home provides along with the value of a collaborative office environment that connects you with colleagues
  • Excellent personal development and training opportunities
  • Educational assistance and paid study leave
  • Defined benefit pension scheme
  • Great sports and social opportunities
  • A growing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme
  • Employee networks and wellness programmes/facilities
  • Subsidised staff restaurant, café and onsite services
  • TaxSaver commuter ticket scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
"I've found the Scholarship Programme to be an excellent experience. I got the opportunity to gain valuable experience and knowledge, network and grow - all while securing a degree and taking leaps towards my own career goals" - Philip Corpuz 

What We're Looking For

If you fulfil the following criteria, we want to hear from you:

  • You are driven, motivated and a self-starter
  • You want to learn
  • You're prepared to balance full-time employment with part-time study
  • You have completed your Leaving Certificate and have, or expect to get, a minimum of 2 H5s and 4 O6s/4 H7s, including a minimum of O6 in ordinary level Maths
  • You have not started or completed a QQI Level 7 or 8 degree programme.

If you have previous working experience or have completed an internship within financial services or a related area, that's great. However, it is by no means a requirement.

We know it's our people who make the Central Bank special and we are focused on creating a diverse, inclusive, fulfilling and progressive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives as it strengthens us, as individuals and as an organisation.  We are committed to positively supporting candidates with disabilities. If we can make any reasonable accommodations for you in the recruitment process in order to give you the opportunity to perform to your best ability, please let us know. Any information that you provide will be used only for the purposes of providing relevant support and will have no bearing on how your application will be viewed.

Our policies provide further insights into our organisational culture, work environment and working arrangements.


Applications for our Scholarship Programme are now closed.

Scholarship programme participants meeting at our Dockland Campus