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Governance and Rule of Law: Professional Fellows Exchange, Engaging Youth

Boston, Massachusetts & Washington, D.C.: April 30th - June 7th, 2014

The deadline for this fellowship is now closed. Please check back in March for updates regarding the fall session.

Up to 15 relevant policy makers, activists, legal experts, youth leaders and youth workers, police and justice officials and others involved with governance and ensuring the rule of law from Ireland and Northern Ireland will be selected to engage with their American counterparts during a month long fellowship on the American practices of good governance and the rule of law. Successful applicants will study the ways in which the U.S. seeks to promote the understanding of young citizens of the importance of justice and the rule of law through good governance. The role of government policy, the courts, policing, law firms and other private legal entities, and non-governmental organizations, may be examined. Following the internship portion, there will be a ten-day trip to Washington, D.C. where participants will join in the Professional Fellows Congress.

The programme is sponsored by the Irish Institute at the Center for Irish Programmes, Boston College, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Programme-related costs including travel, accommodation, tuition, and the majority of meals are provided.

The programme is not open to U.S. citizens, Green Card holders, or past participants of U.S. Government-funded Irish Institute programmes. Short-listed applicants must be available for interview either in Dublin or in Belfast. Please note that the programme is by necessity highly selective, and that consequently, not all applicants will be interviewed and not all interviewees will be invited to participate.