IHREC 2019 Student Bursary Scheme

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As part of their work in promoting the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) is delighted to announce the launch of the fourth year of their bursary scheme for prospective students of the Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality at the Institute of Public Administration.

The Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality is a one-year, part-time programme that has been developed in conjunction with the Institute of Public Administration and is now enrolling for October 2019. The bursary scheme will cover all course fees for successful applicants. The application process is open to Friday the 21st of June 2019.

What Is The Aim Of The Bursary?

The aim of this bursary is to contribute towards building participants’ skills to advance implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in public bodies. The student bursary scheme will support applications from public sector bodies and civil society organisations.

The 2019 application forms are available here: (select the appropriate form)

  1. Public Body Organisation – application form
  2. Civil Society Organisation – application form

About the bursary scheme:

There are 10 bursary places available and 4 of those have been reserved for people working in civil society organisations, including community and voluntary organisations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, groups representing geographic communities or communities of interest, and trade unions.

Bursary places on the Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality are open to people working at all grades and functions. However, preference may be given to applications demonstrating positions of influence to drive the implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty (the Duty).

The bursary scheme will cover all course fees for successful applicants.

If you or your organisation have applied for the bursary previously, this does not preclude you from applying again.

Please note that bursary recipients will be required to report back and liaise with the Commission during and after the course and participate in meetings / focus groups and impact reporting relating to their participation in the course.

Please also note that candidates who do not complete the diploma course or assessments will be required to provide the cost of the fees covered by the bursary.

For full details and application criteria, visit the scheme webpage HERE

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