John J Sweeney Scholarship in Peace: Applications Open

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INCORE Announcement - 19 May 2015
John J Sweeney Scholarship at Ulster University

Ulster University is pleased to announce the launch of the John J Sweeney Scholarship in Peace to be based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). This scholarship is supported by funds raised by the AFL-CIO and the American Labor community, business and civic organizations, and individuals. The scholarship is now open for applications.

[Derry Peace Bridge]
Ulster University presents the INCORE Global Peace and Social Justice to AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J Sweeney, Washington, July 2014. L-R: Professor Brandon Hamber, Director of INCORE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh McKenna, AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J Sweeney, Eddie Friel, Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Ulster University

Who can apply?

The Scholarship is for the MSc. Applied Peace and Conflict Studies programme<> and is open to all US citizens who:

  *   Have been offered a full-time place on the MSc in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies and have made a firm commitment to Ulster University during the admissions phase;


  *   Are or have been a US union member;


  *   Have a familial connection to a US union member (mother, father, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent);


  *   Can provide a reference letter from a union sponsor.

Download an application form<>.


Further Information

This scholarship is supported by funds raised by the AFL-CIO and the American Labor community, business and civic organizations, and individuals.

At an event on 30th July 2014 at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, Ulster University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh McKenna presented AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J. Sweeney with the distinction of the INCORE Global Peace and Social Justice Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the well-being of working people and the cause of peace in Northern Ireland. The INCORE Global Peace and Social Justice Award has been established to recognize those individuals who have already made a significant contribution to peace and social justice, thus acting as role models and inspiration for future generations

John J. Sweeney, the son of Irish immigrants, dedicated his life to advancing the well-being of working people. As a young man elected to President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32B, John led the merger of Local 32B-J, which became the largest property workers union in America. During his fifteen year tenure as president of SEIU, it became the fastest growing union in America and the first union since the early 1970s to have more than a million members. He continued to serve working people during his fourteen years as the President of the AFL-CIO and for the past five years as Chairman of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust.

The John J Sweeney Scholarship sits within the INCORE Peace Initiative, steered by the recently established John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace<>.

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