Berkeley-Queen’s University Belfast Research Fellowship

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Queen’s University Belfast was founded in 1845 and is situated in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, Queen’s is one of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities. It offers a wide range of over 300 degree programmes at all levels to over 25,000 students, including more than 4,000 international students from 80 different countries. Its vibrant Graduate School connects graduate students across all disciplines.

Queen’s University has a long history of innovative and world-leading research with local and international partners in industry, government, public policy, social and healthcare, the arts and the voluntary sector. It has over 210 research collaborations and 66 exchange agreements with renowned partners from all around the world. One of the key drivers of our research priorities is its understanding of conflict and peace, a central focus of interdisciplinary work at The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Other centres that provide excellent network opportunities for graduate students include the Institute of Irish Studies, the Centre for Gender in Politics, the Centre for Public History, the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action, the Sounding Conflict research group, and the Institute of Cognition and Culture.

The partnership between UC Berkeley and QUB was established in 2021. Both universities are now seeking to intensify their collaboration, and QUB is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for Berkeley graduate students wishing to spend a month at QUB at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics. Students will need to organize their own travel and accommodations.

This grant can be combined with other IES grants.

PLEASE NOTE: Grant recipients are expected to complete their research stay in residence at the designated partner university during the calendar year they applied for (not the end of the school year).

Award amount: The Fellowship offered by the QUB at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics is £750 and will be paid to the Berkeley student upon arrival in Belfast.

Eligibility: Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in the Humanities & Social Sciences. Preference will be given to Berkeley students who can demonstrate in their application that they already have a faculty contact at QUB.

Application Instructions: Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. A one-page application letter, including a 100-word (maximum) abstract of your research and indication of the duration of your stay
  2. A research statement of approximately 1,500 words
  3. One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member; this letter should be sent to
  4. One letter (or e-mail) from a research supervisor at QUB, indicating the duration of your stay
  5. A short CV

Deadline: March 1

For more information about QUB, please contact Prof. Maruska Svasek at

For additional information on this fellowship opportunity, please contact