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

Boston, Massachusetts & Washington, D.C.: October 1st – November 7th, 2014

Up to 15 relevant policy makers, youth activists, educators, community organizers, researchers, legal experts, police and justice officials and others involved with youth justice 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 explore the ways in which the U.S. seeks to promote justice and the rule of law.  Special attention will be given to reviewing the intersection of good governance and juvenile justice including but not limited to issues of transparency, age-appropriate accountability systems, community interventions, alternatives to incarnation, family engagement, coalition building, media outreach and advocacy campaigns. The role of government policy, the courts, policing, law firms and other private legal entities, and non-governmental organizations relationship with juvenile justice, may also be examined. Following the internship portion, there will be an eight-day trip to Washington, D.C. where participants will join in the Professional Fellows Congress. The program is sponsored by the Irish Institute at the Center for Irish Programs, Boston College, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Program-related costs including travel, accommodation, tuition, and the majority of meals are provided. The program is not open to U.S. citizens, Green Card holders, or past participants of U.S. Government-funded Irish Institute programs.  Short-listed applicants must be available for interview either in Dublin Tuesday August 12 or in Belfast Wednesday August 13. Please note that the program is by necessity highly selective, and that consequently, not all applicants will be interviewed and not all interviewees will be invited to participate. Applications are due Monday August 4 at 9AM EST

To apply: Click on the links below for an application. The completed form, in addition to a letter of interest, must be returned by email to Dr. Robert Mauro at The mandatory letter of interest should include: reason for application, your ability to contribute to the program, and potential for sharing your experience upon your return home. For further information, please send an email to, or telephone (001) 617.552.4503.