Bill Clinton speaking in DCU

IICRR announces a Clinton PhD Scholarship in Peace Studies

Dublin City University is seeking applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship in peace studies, named in honour of President Bill Clinton and in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) and Ulster University.

A new Transatlantic collaboration was announced by Dublin City University, University of Massachusetts (UMass) and Ulster University, in recognition of the vital role President Clinton played in supporting and encouraging the, often challenging, journey to secure peace in Northern Ireland after decades of conflict.  The scholarships are part of a wider programme of collaboration in the development of a new peace and conflict studies research programme, which will support linkages between scholars, will enable the sharing of expertise in peace studies and will forge academic and civic exchanges between the universities and their local communities.

Speaking at the launch of the scholarships President Bill Clinton, said

“We owe it to generations to come to this the greatest age of discovery and empowerment and inclusion in human history. But to do it we have to meet some stern opposition.  I don’t like living in an age of resentment and division, I like living in an age of possibility and hope.”

Applications are open to students of any nationality, who have excellent academic grades at Masters level, and who are committed to original and high-quality research in peace studies.

Dublin City University is seeking applications with a focus in political science and international relations, interested in conducting work in one of the following domains.

  • Systematic analysis of the Northern Ireland peace process using a major international theory or concept such as Ripeness, Consociational power-sharing, etc.
  • An analysis of the (early) impacts of the decision and the debate on Brexit on Northern Ireland, and the subsequent increase in public discourse on the potential nature of a united Ireland.

For further information:

Professor John Doyle

Director, Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction
Dublin City University, Ireland

[email protected]

These PhD scholarships have a value of up to €21,000 to €27,000 (full fees either EU or non-EU rate, plus €16,000pa (usually tax-free), for up to 4 years, subject to satisfactory progress.  Students will also be provided with excellent supervision and strong professional mentoring along with their own workspace in a shared office.

Closing date for receipt of applications:  5 June 2020

Applications should be made to [email protected] and they should include

    • a cv,
    • a one-page letter of application.
    • the grades achieved in your Masters degree
    • a research proposal (maximum 2000 words), setting out your research question, how the research relates to existing academic literature and a brief description of your proposed methodology.
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