May 10, 2006

Universities Ireland offering two North-South scholarships


Universities Ireland, the body which promotes collaboration between the nine universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, is offering two scholarships to students undertaking a recognised Master’s course (taught or research) in the other Irish jurisdiction in 2006-2007.

This scholarship is worth €20,000 (approx. Stg£14,000) and must be taken up in September or October 2006.

It is open to someone proposing to take up a place on a recognised cross-border Master’s course (e.g. LLM in Human Rights Law between Queen’s University Belfast and NUI Galway) or a Master’s course which would require the student to re-locate to the other jurisdiction. It is open to all students at universities on the island of Ireland.

To be considered for this award, applicants will be required to write a short essay (1200-1400 words) explaining why they wish to study in the other Irish jurisdiction (or on a cross-border Master’s course), and how they believe their studies will enhance their understanding of all-island and international perspectives in their chosen discipline.

The closing date for applications for this scholarship will be 5pm on Monday 12th June 2006. Applications should be submitted by email. The winning applicants will be selected by a high-level panel comprising the former Chairman of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Don Thornhill, one university president from Northern Ireland and one university president from the Republic of Ireland.

The successful applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision by 14th July. The recipients of the scholarship will be required to furnish proof that they have been offered a place on a recognised cross-border Master’s course or a Master’s course in the other Irish jurisdiction.

To apply for this scholarship, please send for an application form to 
Patricia McAllister, Universities Ireland,
c/o The Centre for Cross Border Studies, 39 Abbey Street, Armagh BT61 7EB, Northern Ireland.
Tel. 028-37-511550 [048 from the Republic of Ireland]
Fax 028-37-511721

Secretariat provided by the Centre for Cross Border Studies