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    Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute


    The Fulbright Commission Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic programme for US students held at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, UK.

    The theme of the institute is Understanding Ireland: Northern Perspectives

    Participants in this summer school will get the opportunity to:

    •    Develop their knowledge in the academic programme in Irish Studies (three places) or Conflict Transformation (three places) taught by world leaders in their field and receive credit they can transfer to their US University.
    •    Learn about Northern Ireland in terms of its political, economic and cultural relationships within the United Kingdom and in the world
    •    Gain academic credit that can be transferred back to their home institution in the US
    •    Participate in field trips to various cultural and historical sites in Northern Ireland
    •    Participate in a range of social events
    •    Interact with a range of people including politicians, police officers, community workers and people involved in conflict resolution
    •    Develop their learning skills, improving research and communication skills
    •    Meet people from all over the world, make friends and experience life as a real student in the UK
    •    Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom, and for the prestigious internationally renowned Queen’s University Belfast.

    The institute will take place from 26 June – 21 July 2017.


    Fulbrighters at Titanic Museum

    The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:

    •    round-trip airfare from the US to the UK;
    •    tuition and fees at the Queen’s University Belfast;
    •    accommodation and social programme;
    •    subsistence e.g. food and drink

    Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, health and accident insurance.

    Participants will be housed in university accommodation close to the university campus.

    Special Programmes do not preclude participants from applying for a Fulbright Award later in their academic career. The summer institutes are intentionally designed in such a way that allows participants to come back to the UK at postgraduate or postdoctoral level as a Fulbright Student or Scholar.


    Selection Criteria

    To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to:

    •    be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;

    •    be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme;

    •    be able to participate in the programme in its entirety;

    •    have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);

    •    have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;

    •    be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;

    •    be willing and able to fully participate in an academically intensive programme that includes attending all sessions, completing all assignments, contributing to classroom discussions and supporting student ambassador style work as required;

    •    have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside of the US and;

    •    expect to return to the US and continue your education. 

    Those holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ may not apply.

    Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.

    In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application highlighting why an experience in a Summer Institute would be transformative for the applicant, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.


    Candidates will not be discriminated against due to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment).

    Deadline: Applications are due 26 February 2017 by Midnight EST.

    For more info click here

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