Universities Ireland, the organization which fosters cooperation and collaboration among Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland universities, is giving out four North/South Postgraduate Scholarships to eligible students admitted to recognized Master's or PhD (1st year) programs in any university in Ireland.
Each scholarship amounts to €15,000 and those who meet the criteria, including LLM students in Ireland universities, are encouraged to apply. The Universities Ireland is made up of 10 member universities, as follows:
- Dublin City University
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- National University of Ireland, Maynooth
- Open University
- Queen's University Belfast
- Ulster University
- University College Cork
- University College Dublin
- University of Dublin
- University of Limerick
However, application to the scholarship is not limited to students admitted to LLM and PhD degrees in the 10 member universities but all of universities on the island of Ireland. The purpose of the North/South Postgraduate Scholarship program is to encourage academically excellent students hailing from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to undertake and experience postgraduate education across other Irish jurisdictions.
To be eligible to the scholarship, applicants must have a prior undergraduate degree from an Irish university and successfully finished a Master's degree or will complete one within 2018. Those who received other Universities Ireland bursary or scholarships are no longer eligible to apply.
Along with the application form and other documentary requirements, the candidate should also provide a 2000 to 2500-word essay that explains their reason and motivation for studying in other Irish jurisdictions, and a concise argument of how the applicant expect/propose to contribute to Ireland using their postgraduate education. Further information on the criteria for the essay is provided in the Universities Ireland website.
Applications must be submitted before 4:00 pm, 3 May 2018. A shortlist will be provided based on the essay. No interviews will be conducted. Final decisions will be based only on the application and essay.