February 11, 2009

2009 North-South postgraduate scholarship scheme open for applications

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North-South Postgraduate Scholarships

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

The closing  date for applications will be Friday 15th May 2009.

These scholarships are worth €15,000 (approx. Stg£14,000) each. Two of them will be in areas of study of particular relevance to business and industry, and will be cosponsored by Universities Ireland and two individual companies, Dublin Port and RPS Group. One more will be in another area (particularly arts and social sciences) and will be funded by Universities Ireland alone. These scholarships must be taken up for the academic year 2009-2010.

The aim of this scheme is to encourage outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction. Because it is part-sponsored by business firms, there is a particular emphasis on subjects of interest to business, and the scheme aims to help build all-island innovation in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) – along with business administration – which will be vital in moving the island towards the knowledge economy that is vital to its future prosperity. It is thus a scheme which has been conceived both to support the continuing peace process in Northern Ireland and to train highly skilled postgraduates to contribute to a new phase of economic development for the island as a whole.

The interests of the two sponsoring firms are listed below. Students applying for the business-sponsored scholarships should bear these in mind when applying, because the subjects of their proposed postgraduate study will be perused by these firms with their interests in mind.

Dublin Port: transport (particularly marine transport) and logistics, and business administration

RPS Group: planning engineering and environmental sciences, with a particular emphasis on climate change and sustainability

This list is not exhaustive. Other areas of particular relevance to business include ICT, finance, biotechnology, chemistry and food science. Candidates should contact the Centre for Cross Border Studies (see details below) for advice on other relevant subjects. The non-business scholarship will be funded by Universities Ireland alone, and can be in any area of study.

For further details download the 2009 leaflet and the application form.

For further information contact
Patricia McAllister, Universities Ireland, The Centre for Cross Border Studies,
39 Abbey Street, Armagh BT61 7EB, Northern Ireland.
Tel: 028-3751 8282 [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.