Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship

  • Are you a postgraduate student who has undertaken their primary degree at Queen’s?
  • Do you intend to travel to North America to undertake a period of study?
  • Would you like additional funding in order to enhance your experience while you are there?

If so, you could be in line to receive a Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship, which will be of at least £2,000 in value.  

This Scholarship was founded in 1947 by the Ulster American Friendship Committee in memory of Mrs Helen Ramsey Turtle, a remarkable and much loved young American woman married to an Ulsterman.  She died in 1946 leaving three small daughters.  The award was instituted by some of Helen Ramsey Turtle's friends who, through a keen sense of loss of a vivid personality, wished to establish some form of memorial which would reflect her wide interests and her identification with both the old and new worlds.

The purpose of the award is to enhance the opportunities available to graduate students of Queen’s University Belfast, who have already determined to undertake a period of study in North America.  The scholarship is not intended to form part of the core funding required for the period of study, i.e. for travel to and from North America and associated subsistence costs. The scholarship should be spent on travel within North America and/or activities which applicants can demonstrate will add value to their period of study.  For instance, this could be to extend their planned period of study; to add a further research centre to the visit or attend a conference; or to travel around North America for pleasure in order to enhance their trip.

It is desirable, but not essential, that the period of travel would be not less than six weeks.  Study in the areas of literature and medicine are particularly welcomed, however, the scholarship is open to all subjects of the University.

Applicants will be expected to outline clearly what they hope to gain personally from their experience in North America, and how they intend to use this experience to benefit the wider community upon their return to Northern Ireland.

Candidates should also be able to indicate how they intend to embody the legacy of Helen Ramsey Turtle i.e. in forging and building Ulster/America friendships.  In this context, candidates should be aware that the Committee enjoys keeping in touch with the recipient during the period of the award and thereafter.


Completed application forms must be typed or word-processed and returned to aascholarships@qub.ac.uk or Academic Affairs, Level 6, Administration Building, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN by the deadline.  Further information is available within the Notes of Guidance at the back of the Application Form.

All awards are subject to funding availability. 

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