Sector News & Events

2015 PhD History Bursary – Applications now open

Universities Ireland is offering one bursary to a student taking a PhD on a topic relating to the 1912-1923 period in Ireland, the decade of the First World War and the division of the island into the states of Ireland (Irish Free State) and Northern Ireland. Applications are particularly welcome this year from students undertaking work on the impact of the First World War or other events in 1915 on this island. Applicants will be required to write a short essay of 2,000 words outlining their proposed PhD research topic in an area related to the 1912-1923 period in Ireland.

This bursary is worth €20,000 and is open only to students wishing to undertake a PhD at an Irish or British university. 

Application forms and guidance notes are available on the Universities Ireland

Applications and accompanying essay in both electronic and hard copies must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 29 May 2015.

2015 North/South Postgraduate Scholarships – Applications now open

Universities Ireland is offering four scholarships, each of worth €15,000, to students who have been accepted to undertake a recognised Master’s Degree or are entering the first year of a PhD programme at a university in the island of Ireland that is not in the same jurisdiction as the university where they have previously studied.
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. Strict eligibility rules apply. 

Application forms and guidance notes (including eligibility criteria) are available on theUniversities Ireland website.

Closing date for applications is 5 pm on Friday 30th May 2014.

InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference 2015

"Your opportunity to meet investors"
11th March 2015, The Helix, DCU, Dublin.

The fourteenth InterTradeIreland annual Venture Capital Conference returns to Dublin.  Once again bringing together in one room for one day the island’s new and growing companies seeking investment along with all of the funds and individuals on the island with money to invest.  Responding to delegate feedback the organisers have extended the time available for companies to network with investors hence the conference theme.

Why should you attend?
  • Hear from Cathal McGloin, Chief Executive of FeedHenry recently acquired by Red Hat
  • Learn about the current sources of equity capital across 3 parallel sessions: Early Stage, Series A and Life Sciences
  • Share the experience of 4 companies and how they raised funding for their businesses
  • Benefit from the insights of Niamh Bushnell, Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups
  • As the only Venture Capital Conference on the island it is a must for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels, investors and anyone with an interest in venture capital.

Registration is now open with an early bird rate of £129 (inc vat) available if you book before the end of January 2015.  Last year’s conference was completely booked out so to avoid disappointment book early.

Click here for more information and to register.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme: Nominations Now Open

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme has been running in Ireland for over 16 years. It is a global programme that is run by EY in over 50 countries, across six continents. The all-island Irish programme has been identified as one of the strongest worldwide. Our programme aims to acclaim Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs via our Irish Times business profiling series and our interview series on Newstalk 106-108fm. The programme offers continued support and connects our finalists with an entrepreneurial community of over 350 Alumni.

Each year, entrepreneurs throughout the island of Ireland are invited to enter any one of three categories: Emerging, Industry and International. Following interviews and a judging process, 24 entrepreneurs are shortlisted in May every year. The finalists engage in a strategic programme of activities over the next six months including: our international CEO Retreat; executive education sessions; filming for our TV series and culminating with our annual Gala Awards Dinner. An award is presented for each category, and an overall winner is announced as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™. That person will go on to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Monte Carlo each June.

Click here for further information.

Scholars at Risk

News and updates will be posted on the SAR section of the Universities Ireland website regularly. 

European Matters

Call for Papers: Pulling Together or Pulling Apart

Identity and Nationhood • Spain, Europe and the West
25 - 27 June 2015
Department of Hispanic Studies,
Trinity College Dublin University

Increasing globalisation highlights the need to revisit the upsurge of Nationalism, and this three-day interdisciplinary conference will provide a forum for debate on sovereignty, nationhood, identity, and interrelated issues in Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, France, Quebec, and elsewhere. Questions will include: why nationalism is so resilient; how notions of ‘self’ and ‘nation’ interpenetrate; economic, human rights, and social justice conflicts; whether and to what extent new definitions and approaches to nationhood and state may be needed in the context of a valid ‘European’ identity in the 21st century. 

Papers are invited on topics related to the main themes of the conference, to include perspectives on:

  • sovereign rights of nations
  • challenges of micro- and macro-nationalism to the supranational objective of creating a European identity
  • comparative approaches (historical, media, linguistic, philosophical, gender, anthropological, ethnographic, religious, socio-political…)
  • cultural rights and public space
  • radical and moderate nationalisms
  • territorial, political, and racial constructions of collective national identity
  • conflict resolution
  • myth and the nation
  • the arts in the construction of national identity
  • narratives of the front lines
  • forgiveness and reconciliation
  • other relevant topics.

Proposals (circa 250 words) in English or Spanish, together with a brief biographical note, should reach the conference organizers, Dr Susana Bayó Belenguer and Dr Nicola Rooney (, by 12 February 2015. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Proposals from young researchers and postgraduate students are welcome. Acceptances will be notified by 27 March 2015.

For possible publication, revised versions should be sent for peer-review to to arrive not later than 15 September 2015.

Further information (registration, accommodation, round-tables, events, etc.) is available on the conference website.

The European Atlantic Movement - Study Tour to Brussels

Monday 6th April – Friday 10th April 2015.
The European Atlantic Movement is organising a study tour to Brussels for lecturers, teachers, students and those who would benefit professionally. The group will visit the European Parliament, European Commission, Council of the European Union, UK Permanent Representation to the EU, NATO, Council of Europe, the European External Action Service and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

This will be an intensive programme designed to give an in-depth understanding of the institutions of Europe in Brussels and to meet some of those involved in the day-to-day work of these institutions. The cost of the study tour includes travel by Eurostar, en suite accommodation with breakfast at the Hotel Carrefour de l’Europe off Grand Place in the centre of Brussels, dinner on the first night, lunch at the SHAPE club and UKREP, and all travel in Brussels.

Cost of the study tour - Shared Room £375.00p. Single Room £565.00p.

For further details of this study tour and an application form contact:
Antony J Frost, Study Tour Leader.
42B, Eastern Avenue, Reading, Berks, RG1 5RY.
Telephone: 0118-926-2858.Mobile: 07977-415201.

Visit the European Atlantic Movement website.

Funding Opportunities

Reconciliation Fund – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between the traditions in Northern Ireland, the North and South, and Ireland and Britain.

The Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2014-2017 was launched on 9 June 2014. The strategy outlines the priorities for the Reconciliation Fund, ensuring that the Fund supports our vision of a reconciled Ireland and remains relevant, effective, and efficient in the coming years.

The Reconciliation Fund invites applications for its next funding round by 5 p.m. on Friday 6 March 2015. Applications for the second round of funding in 2015 should be received by 5 p.m. on 25 September 2015.

For further Information visit the DFAT website here

World Wat I records: 2015 Fellowships

Google and Flanders Field Museum, in conjunction with The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the Department of Arts Heritage and An Gaeltacht
A small number of bursaries are on offer to enable students to work on records of soldiers from Ireland who died during WWI. Fellows will be expected to spend 2 weeks at the Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres/Ieper, Belgium, where the Irish records are held and a further two weeks under the direction of the Museum connecting with local historians in Ireland.

The bursaries for the fellowships will cover return flights from Ireland (vouched travel costs up to a ceiling of €150) and a stipend of €200 per week for four weeks in the period July-September, inclusive.

The Fellowships will be awarded to the highest placed candidates in an essay competition to be adjudicated by a cross-border panel of academic historians with support from The Centre for Cross Border Studies.

Details on how to apply will be available soon on the Universities Ireland website.


Call for Papers: Ireland - Shared Futures?

Rennes 2 University, 10-12 September 2015

This conference will consider the future to be shared by the people of the island of Ireland, both North and South, at home and abroad, including future relations with Britain, the European Union and the outlook for Ireland in an increasingly globalised and inter-dependent world.

Suggested topics for paper proposals:

  1. State and institutional roles in promoting a shared future (political parties, the Churches); constitutional perspectives; cross-border cooperation.
  2. Expressions of communal or individual identities; shared or neutral public spaces.
  3. Community or grass-roots initiatives (faith-based groups, community arts, NGOs, minority groups).
  4. Sociological indicators; violence, racism and hate crimes. Segregation / integration in housing, employment, education, sports, personal relationships and leisure activities.
  5. Economic issues; the diseconomies of division.
  6. Dealing with a traumatic past; paramilitary activity; transitional justice; new perspectives on Irish history.
  7. Migration and immigration from Central and Eastern Europe (impact in the North and the Republic); the Diaspora (its role in the future of the island; the place accorded by the Irish state to the Irish abroad).
  8. Social liberalism v social conservatism; issues of morality, gender, sexuality.
  9. Ireland's relationship with Britain, Europe and further afield; implications of the referendum on Scottish independence.
  10. Representations of community relations and a shared future in literature, film, art.
The cross-disciplinary nature of Irish Studies provides a wide range of approaches from which to examine the theme of ‘Shared Futures’. We welcome submissions for 20-minute papers in English from numerous areas including Conflict and Peace Studies, Law and Human Rights, History, Politics, Comparative Analysis, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Cultural Studies, Migration Studies, Literature, Media and Film Studies, Visual Arts, Performing Arts..

Keynote Speakers confirmed:
  • Prof. John D. Brewer, Professor of Post-Conflict Studies, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Fergal Keane, BBC journalist and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool.
  • Dr. Piaras MacEinri, Director of the Irish Centre for Migration Studies (ICMS), Department of Geography, University College Cork (UCC).

For further information or to submit a paper, visit the conference website here

Creative Centenaries Resources Fair

‘It’s a long way to Dublin and the Somme: 
recovering forgotten histories, building the future’

Titanic Belfast • March 5th • 9.30am – 4.00pm

Community Relations Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Nerve Centre invite you to the Creative Centenaries Resources Fair which will open up opportunities for those planning and organising events that explore and share our history and heritage.

The day-long, free conference at Titanic Belfast will include:

• keynote address
• exhibition stalls
• digital resources
• project presentations
• workshops
• funding information
• artistic expressions
• networking and partnership opportunities

This event is aimed at community and heritage groups, councils and good relations officers, arts and community organisations and others who are organising events across Ireland in the coming years.

Delegates will have the chance to hear from a range of projects and exhibitions, take part in engaging workshops, learn about funding opportunities and establish connections and partnerships with others.

When registering for the event, delegates will have the opportunity to select which workshops they would like to attend, including: What is Commemoration?, Ethical and Shared Remembering or Creative Responses.
  • What is Commemoration?: This panel based workshop will explore issues such as the purpose you hope to achieve and the long term legacies attached to commemorative events within the Decade of Anniversaries and how this may impact on planning.
  • Ethical and Shared Remembering: This workshop will examine approaches to commemoration including inclusive and ethical remembering and how interpretations of history shape modern society.
  • Creative Responses: This workshop will look at artistic and creative approaches to commemorating and remembering events with the Decade of Anniversaries including theatre, poetry, music and more.
Conference Schedule:

09.30:                 Registration & tea/coffee
09.30:                 Stalls open
10.00 – 10.30:    Keynote: Dr Eamon Phoenix
10.45 – 12.15:    Workshop 1 breakout session
12.30 – 13.30:    Lunch
14.00 – 15.15:    Workshop 2 breakout session
15.30:                 Closing discussion

- Stalls and exhibition stands will remain open all day and can be accessed at any time
- Screens in the main hall will have recurring showcases of video content from relevant organisations
- Pop up theatre will take place throughout the day

INCORE Summer School

22-26 June 2015

The INCORE Summer School provides a structured learning opportunity to analyse the dynamic and constantly changing field of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Focusing on the latest research and concepts in peace and conflict studies and practice, participants are invited to compare, contrast and learn from different perspectives.

The School offers a unique opportunity to create links between theory, practice and policy. Special attention is given to how the experience and research of both practitioners and academics can impact upon policy makers within the field of conflict resolution, peacemaking, peacebuilding and reconciliation.

Previous participants have included USAID, European Union DG External Relations, UK Department for International Development, World Food Programme, UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and others.

For more information, click here.

If you would like to include a cross-border event, research or news item in the next issue of Border-Zine please send to Thomas Haverty by Thursday 26th February.