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The Hillary Rodham Clinton Award

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Award
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 11 September.

Applications close: 26 January 2024

Decisions announced: March 2024 

Please note that it is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview (MS Teams) - date TBC.

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 HillaryClinton24 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 26 January 2024; must be issued with an offer for your chosen programme by 16 February 2024; must hold a 3.7 CGPA or above (or equivalent); must be a US citizen and must identify as female.

Enquiries: Julie Cunnane’s,

Hear from an award recipient


Caroline Barnett

"Queen's is known world-wide to have a really good reputation [...] Queen's has been one of those universities that a lot of academics who are really good in this particular field gravitate towards so there's a really good mix of academic study and living a city that has recovered."

Emily Bishko
Emily Bishko, LLM Human Rights Law

"Coming to Queen's University Belfast and studying International Human Rights Law have felt instrumental to my academic, professional, and personal development. QUB stood out to me because it would enable me to learn from top-tier academics who actively contribute to human rights practice, to get a different perspective than I would have had I remained in the U.S., and to live in a place shaped by the themes discussed in class. I have already done this and more; the experience is exceeding my expectations. 

My classes in International Human Rights Law, Human Rights in Practice, and Transitional Justice have challenged me to think critically about and take a real-world perspective to human rights and peacebuilding. I am excited to continue developing my expertise through my dissertation. Outside of class, I have loved getting to bond with classmates with a variety of backgrounds, identities, and perspectives; to engage with the Northern Irish community by joining a local dance troupe; and to explore Belfast and the North Coast. I am immensely grateful and honored to have received the The Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Peace and Reconciliation, which has made it all possible."

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Abigail McGowan, MA Global Security and Borders

"I am incredibly honoured to receive the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Peace and Reconciliation. While attending Secretary Clinton’s installation as chancellor, I was reminded of her meaningful history in Northern Ireland; and I similarly hope to contribute to the US-Northern Ireland relationship and Secretary Clinton’s legacy of peacebuilding and reconciliation around the world. As I prepare for a career in public service, the critical thinking skills and knowledge I will gain through the Global Security and Borders MA will enable me to be a stronger diplomat and global citizen. 

I have already had such an enriching academic experience at Queen’s. My core module in Global Security and Borders has challenged my understanding of the migration-security nexus. My course on the Politics of the Republic of Ireland has given me a better understanding of the island and European politics more broadly. Lastly, I know my Approaches to Research Design course will equip me with the tools to conduct rigorous research in both academia and the policy world. I feel fortunate to study politics, international relations, and borders in a place where these subjects are live issues, rather than abstract concepts. Outside of QUB, I am looking forward to exploring Northern Ireland and getting involved in the Belfast community."

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Katie Becker
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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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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