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QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY HAS WELCOMED FUNDING OF 50 POSTGRADUATE BURSARIES FOR NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR  Department for the Economy minister Diane Dodds standing in front of Queen's Lanyon Building

01 June 2021

The Department for the Economy has announced the provision of £1.8m worth of funding as part of its Economic Recovery Action Plan which will create 100 Master’s places across Queen’s and Ulster University.

Each student will have their fees paid and receive a £10,000 payment, with funding provided by the Department for the Economy (DfE).

The bursaries are funded through the Department’s Postgraduate Award Scheme, which currently pays the course fees and support payment for approximately 729 postgraduate students studying each year.

Making the announcement, Economy Minister Diane Dodds said:

“This new initiative for bursaries to enable 100 students to take up extra Master’s course places is particularly welcome, as it is being announced during Northern Ireland’s centenary year.

“The funding will help provide the critical skills that we need as part of our response to the Covid pandemic, and will contribute to laying the foundations for economic recovery in Northern Ireland.

“One hundred students will be funded to undertake a one year taught Master’s course in 2021/22. Under the existing terms of the Department’s Postgraduate Award Scheme at least 85 of the places will be available to Northern Ireland and Great Britain students, with up to 15 being available to international students, reinforcing Northern Ireland’s attractiveness as a place to study and work.

“These new bursaries will support the skills policy objectives set out in my 10X Vision for the Northern Ireland economy, by contributing to the development of a strong and relevant pipeline of skills.

“I am confident that this initiative, along with other measures in the Department’s Economic Recovery Action Plan, will place the Northern Ireland economy on a strong footing as it moves forward into its next 100 years.”

Welcoming the bursaries, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Ian Greer said:

“The allocation of funding to create 50 new Master’s bursaries here at Queen’s will have a hugely positive impact on students eligible for the scheme.  

"We are very proud of our Graduate School and the opportunities it offers postgraduate students worldwide to get a first class education at Queen’s. 

“We want to support the contribution of our students to our community and this funding is a proactive way of investing in their skills and the progress of the Northern Ireland economy.”

Further details are available on the Queen’s University Belfast bursaries web page: https://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/masters-awards/

The bursaries are open to graduates who achieve a 2:1 or more. Full eligibility criteria will be available in due course for students wanting to apply for the grants for the 2021-22 academic year.

Media enquiries to Ciara O Neill at Queen's Communications Office.

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