January 30, 2008

2008 North-South Masters Bursaries scheme open for applications

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Universities Ireland, which promotes collaboration between universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and the Joint Business Council of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation and the Confederation of British Industry, which promotes North-South business co-operation, are offering six bursaries to students undertaking a recognised Master’s course (taught or research) in the other Irish jurisdiction. Dublin Institute of Technology is also a partner in this scheme.

These bursaries, worth €20,000 (approx. Stg £14,800) each, will be in areas of study of particular relevance to business and industry, and will be co-sponsored by individual companies: Arthur Cox, Belfast City Airport, CSA Group, Dublin Port, Healy Group and RPS Group. They must be taken up for the academic year 2008-2009.

The bursaries are open to students currently registered at an Irish or Northern Irish university or Dublin IT (or who have graduated within the past five years) proposing to take up a place on a Master’s course which would require them to relocate to the other Irish jurisdiction. They are also open to currently registered students at an Irish or Northern Irish university or Dublin IT (or who have graduated within the past five years) wishing to follow a cross-border Master’s course involving some study in the other jurisdiction. For the first time, they are also open to Irish or Northern Irish-born students currently registered at (or who have graduated within the past five years from) a British university, and to students crossing the border to do the first year of a Ph.D.

Examples of areas of particular relevance to business are ICT, biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, finance, logistics, food science, commercial law and business administration. Candidates should contact the Centre for Cross Border Studies (see below) for advice on other relevant subjects.

To be considered for this award, applicants will be required to write a short essay (1400-1500 words) explaining why they wish to study in the other Irish jurisdiction and how they believe their studies will enhance understanding of innovation and business development on the island of Ireland in their chosen subject.

The closing date for applications for this scholarship will be Friday 2nd May (5 pm). The winning applicants will be selected by a high-level panel comprising university presidents and business leaders, chaired by Dr Don Thornhill, Chairman, National Competitiveness Council (RoI) and former chairman, Higher Education Authority.

The successful applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision by early July. They will meet their sponsoring company between July and September to discuss a possible work placement or other collaboration to assist them in their studies. Students will be expected to engage seriously with their sponsoring firm.

Recipients of the bursaries will be required to furnish proof that they have been offered a place on a recognised Master’s course or Ph.D. degree in the other Irish jurisdiction or a crossborder Master’s course. The organisers reserve the right not to award the full number of bursaries if the standard of applications is insufficiently high.

Download the 2008 Application Form and the 2008 leaflet.

For further information contact
Patricia McAllister, Universities Ireland, The Centre for Cross Border Studies,
39 Abbey Street, Armagh BT61 7EB, Northern Ireland.
Tel: 028-37-511550 [048 from the Republic of Ireland] Email: p.mcallister@qub.ac.uk

See details of last years winners.

Secretariat provided by the Centre for Cross Border Studies.