MSc Children's Rights Studentship (2016/17)- Apply Now

The MSc in Children’s Rights is now in its third year and the School of Education (with the Improving Children’s Lives initiative) is offering a bursary of £1500 to one student taking up a place on the course in the academic year 2016/17.  For more information, eligibility and criteria visit the MSc Children's Rights course page.

Closing date for studentship applications: Friday 29 July 2016 (4pm)

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Children's participation in budgeting processes

The Centre for Children's Rights at Queen's University Belfast and Plan International are looking for meaningful and workable examples of child-participatory budgeting processes at national, sub-national, municipal and local levels. We are seeking contacts for some research on these initiatives and would be grateful if those who have good examples contact Chelsea Marshall ( 

This research project seeks to identify the existence, perceived effectiveness and enabling factors of child-participatory budgeting initiatives at national, sub-national, municipal and local levels. We will be conducting a scoping study via an online questionnaire for anyone who has experience of child-participatory budgeting initiatives to share learning. The project will also include a small number of in-depth case studies of initiatives that worked particularly well or provide a particularly useful model for replication and adaptation elsewhere. The study will include initiatives in which children and young people were involved in any stage of the budgeting process (e.g. allocation, expenditure, monitoring and review) at any level of governance (e.g. national/regional youth parliaments, local councils and public institutions, such as schools, etc). While the focus will be on initiatives related to public spending, the study may include strong examples of child participation in non-state budgetary processes.

While there is growing attention to the importance of involving children and young people in budgetary decision-making, little research has explored how this is done effectively and what enabling factors support this work. This study aligns with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's development of a General Comment on Public Spending and will support its implementation by highlighting lessons from initiatives around the world.

Please feel free to contact me, Chelsea Marshall ( or tel: 9097 5939), with any questions.

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PhD student required for research in Parents' and Children's Rights

The Centre is looking for an excellent PhD student to conduct research on the relationship between parents' rights and children's rights.  See Rights research for further details.  Funding may be available from Faculty DEL scholarships.  The closing date is January 29th.

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