John J. Sweeney funding for US Students at Ulster University

  • Master
  • $20,000
  • 30 April 2020

This special scholarship is named in honour of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J. Sweeney, the son of Irish immigrants, who dedicated his life to advancing the well-being of working people, making outstanding contributions to working people both in the US and internationally which will live on for years to come.
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The John J Sweeney Scholarship supports US students enrolled to study full-time on the following MSc or MA at Ulster University:
  • Access to Justice, Master of Laws
  • Construction Business and Leadership (with management specialisms), Master of Science
  • Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice, Master of Laws
  • Management and Corporate Governance, Master of Science
  • Manufacturing Management, Master of Science
  • Peace and Conflict Studies, Master of Science
  • Social Policy, Master of Science

The Scholarship will be open to all US citizens who:
  • Have been offered a full-time place on one of the above MSc or MA and have made a firm commitment to Ulster University during the admissions phase;

  • Are a US union member; or;
  • Have a familial connection to a US union member (mother, father, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent); or;
  • Can provide a reference letter from a union sponsor.


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The John J Sweeney Scholarship has a value of $20,000 and that is used towards the Scholar’s tuition fees for an MA or MSc at Ulster University. This scholarship is generously supported by funds raised by the AFL-CIO, the American Labor community, business and civic organisations, and individuals.
Any balance remaining may be used to purchase study materials/equipment, support course-related activities and/or in support of the Scholar’s living expenses and travel costs.


  • Candidates must apply via the online application form
    Applicants must ensure that all sections of the application form are completed with all additional requirements attached to the application.

These include:
  • Scanned copy of original degree certificate
  • Where applicable, reference letter from a Union sponsor
  • 500 - 750 word personal statement
  • Two reference letters
  • A scanned copy of their US passport

Full details are included on the form.

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