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The award will be offered for 2022-23.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Peace and Reconciliation

The University will provide a full tuition-fee waiver to an exceptional female student from the USA who wishes to pursue study in a field related to politics, conflict transformation or human rights. The five MA programmes covered by the award will include:

Hillary Rodham Clinton made an outstanding contribution to reconciliation throughout the Northern Ireland peace process. She was a strong advocate for the inclusion of women’s voices in the peace talks and became an inspirational role model for many in the Queen’s community. 

This award, created in the former Senator’s name, honours her long-standing commitment to peace, stability and education.


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Key Dates

Applications open: Applications open at the same time as the online Direct Application Portal which is open from Monday 13 September.

Applications close: Friday 21 January 2022

Decisions announced: w/c Monday 21 March 2022 

Please note that it is likely that shortlisted applicants will be invited to a virtual interview in March 2022.

Katie Becker
Hear from an award recipient
Katie Becker, MA Global Security and Borders

"Receiving the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Peace and Reconciliation means a great deal to me. I have already learned so much. My course instructors have challenged me and questioned things I thought I knew about borders and migration. I intend to go on to pursue a law degree in the United States, and I know I will begin my career in public interest law with sharper critical-thinking skills and greater global awareness having studied at Queen's as the HRC Awardee.

Academically, I am most looking forward to receiving rigorous training in social science research methodology through the HAPP7001 course and then applying that training to my dissertation. I'm also taking two area-studies courses: the Politics of Northern Ireland and the Politics of the Republic of Ireland. I'm excited to learn more about the place where I'm lucky to be living and studying. Outside of school, I am most looking forward to exploring Northern Ireland, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland when and as it's safe to do so. I've enjoyed exploring the cycling paths in Belfast, especially the Lagan Towpath."

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How to apply

To be considered for this award, please submit an application for your chosen programme through the University’s online Direct Application Portal.

On the Direct Applications Portal, please tick ‘I hope to or have already obtained funding for my studies’ and then enter HillaryClinton22 in the free text box ‘Please state the source of funding’.

You must also upload a CV of no more than 2 pages which outlines your commitment to civic leadership and peacebuilding. This should be uploaded in a PDF merged with academic transcripts.

You must have applied to the University for study in one of the outlined programmes by 21 January 2022; must be issued with an offer for your chosen programme by 18 February 2022; must hold a 3.7 CGPA or above (or equivalent); must be a US citizen and must identify as female.

Enquiries: Deirdre McCrory

Graduate Study in Conflict Resolution at Queen’s

Queen’s University is an international centre of excellence for research and teaching in politics, international studies and conflict resolution. The University has been at the forefront of building peace in Northern Ireland for over 30 years and has fostered a range of research collaborations to bring about major societal change and social harmony.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences attracts students from across the world who are interested in understanding and seeking to influence major global challenges.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Peace and Reconciliation will offer one exceptional candidate the opportunity to pursue this calling in Belfast, learning from world-leading researchers in the field.

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