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Briefing: Washington Ireland Program - $14,000 scholarship opportunity - 6 November 2019

I would like to alert you to an excellent $14,000 scholarship opportunity offered to students with a commitment to the development of Ireland and Northern Ireland by the Washington Ireland Program (WIP), of which the University of Liverpool is the only non-Irish University partner.

WIP is a twelve month program of personal and professional development, a highlight of which will be eight weeks in the United States, including a one week orientation in Washington, a one week summit in New York City, and six weeks in either Washington or New York. During this time students gain invaluable practical experience by completing internships in either US government, media, business or non-profit organisations.

The Program's purpose is to develop the skills and networks of future leaders for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and it welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. On completion of the Program, students join an active Alumni community, who are involved in academia, business, media and politics. Indeed, the current Taoiseach of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, is a WIP Alumnus, having been part of the WIP Class of 2000 (http://wiprogram.org/leo-varadkar-taoiseach/).

Please note online applications are now open on http://wiprogram.org, which also contains more information about the Washington Ireland Program. WIP is open for applications from students who consider Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland to be their home, are aged 18+ and studying full-time at British or Irish Universities. The closing date for applications is Sunday 17 November 2019 at 11:59 pm UTC, with an early bird deadline of Friday 1 November 2019 at 11:59 pm UTC.

The Institute of Irish Studies has arranged for the Executive Director of WIP, Mr Bryan Patten, to visit the University on Wednesday 6 November from 1.30pm until 2.30pm in TR4, 502 Teaching Hub to give students a unique insight into the program. The 502 Teaching Hub is next to the Guild (building 502 in grids D5/6 on the campus map which can be found at https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/maps/).

If you wish to learn more about the program and the profile of candidates who are successful, please come along and join us on Wednesday 6 November.

I would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by 12 noon Monday 4 November 2019 by emailing me at viola.segeroth@liverpool.ac.uk.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Viola Segeroth
PA to the Director
The Institute of Irish Studies
University of Liverpool


Dorothy Lynch
School of Histories, Languages and Cultures