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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 (five places) or Conflict Transformation (one place) 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 27 June - 22 July 2016.


Fulbrighters at Titanic MuseumThe 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 undergraduate education.Belfast Town Hall

Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of study.
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, 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 be considered without respect to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment). Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Deadline: Applications are due 26 February 2016 by 5pm (UK Time).

Before you begin the application process, please read the FAQs document and application instructions. Applicants to this Queen's University Belfast Summer Institute should specify if they wish to go into the Conflict Transformation or Irish Studies Summer School.  If you have questions or any general enquiries about the programme, you may send them to: Be sure to follow us on twitter and receive application tips throughout the period.

To Apply: 

1. Complete our online application form (including Equal Opportunities survey). We recommend you use a copy word version of the application form to draft your responses before submitting the online application form.

2. Request two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references and supply them with the following online reference letter form.  Reference letters should come directly from the referee via the online  form.   References must be received at the Commission by 5pm (UK time) on the day of the deadline or the application will not be considered even if other pieces have been received on time. Students should not submit letters on their referees' behalf; we will be checking references. 

3. Send a copy of your transcripts: Transcripts should be sent to the Commission by email to in the form of a PDF.  Please do not send links to transcript access sites, as we have not always been able to access transcripts from these sites and your application may be considered incomplete. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you, and you send a copy to the address above. We will accept these transcripts.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or similar reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.  

The 'Summer Institutes' email address is for transcript attachments only. Applications not submitted by the online system will not be accepted. Transcripts or reference letters sent in by post, fax or to any email address other than will not be accepted. 


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of 5 -15 April (subject to change). Interviews will only be held selected days and may not be rescheduled.

If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date. The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from partner universities, US Embassy representatives, or Fulbright alumni.

Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.



25 November: Competition opens
February:  Application deadline
Late March:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
5-15 April:  Telephone Interviews 
Late April:  Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
25 June:  Departure for UK
26 June:  Arrival in the UK
23 July:  Return to USA



Additional Information

Programme Outline

The four week programme is divided into two parts:

1. Fulbright Week

For the first week, the selected Fulbright participants will be together experiencing an introduction to the University and the city of Belfast. Students receive a day’s induction and orientation to the University followed by a trip around the city. On the following days they will also get specific insight into the complex politics of Northern Ireland particularly looking at British and Irish identities.  Fulbright students will prepare to be group leaders when international students arrive for the next part of the Summer School a week later. 

2. Queen’s University Belfast Irish Studies Summer School and Conflict Transformation Summer School

In weeks 2-4 Fulbright students will be joined by a group of international students to follow a three week academic, social and cultural programme based around the theme of either Irish Studies or Conflict Transformation. 

Students will undertake a series of lectures (around 40 hours total) delivered by specialists in the discipline. There will be four day-long field trips: to the Antrim Coast; Derry/Londonderry; the Centre for Migration Studies Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh; and PSNI Public Order training unit in Antrim. Whilst in Derry/Londonderry students will visit the city Apprentice Boys of Derry and the community organised Free Derry Museum in order to examine different perspectives on the city.  In addition, there will be half-day tours of Belfast and the Titanic quarter of the city and a visit to Stormont where students will meet politicians from all major political parties in Northern Ireland.  Over the course of the Summer School, students will meet at least twenty people from non-academic backgrounds including politicians, police officers, community workers, people involved in conflict resolution including ex-prisoners and leaders of the main churches. 

The Irish Studies Summer School introduces students to the broad range of topics in Irish Studies but with particular references to the influence of the north of Ireland on history, culture and politics in Ireland, focussing on the nature of conflict. Students learn about and experience the underlying difficulties in a divided society, along with cultural outworking’s of forms of British and Irish identity. They will also be able to examine Northern Ireland in terms of its relationships, political, economic and cultural, within the United Kingdom and in the world. 

The Conflict Transformation Summer School will provide students with a critical overview of approaches to conflict resolution.  Students taking the programme will be able to learn more about the theories and practices of conflict transformation from within local and global perspectives that will include case studies of Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and South America.

All course content is subject to change. The information is intended to provide an initial scope of the programme and should not be considered final. Content will be updated as details are finalised by Queen's University.

Credit and assessment information can be found on the Queen's website. (Information may be updated).  Students undertaking the Institute for credit, MUST complete the programme assessments on time or credit cannot be awarded. 


Students will be fully supported by a dedicated team of Institute staff.