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Iveagh Scholars

The Iveagh Scholars programme is a way for secondary students to share their views on Ireland’s role in the world, and to get involved in the discussion about how the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade promotes abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people. It is aimed at Transition Year students in Ireland and Year 12 students in Northern Ireland. 


The closing date for entries has been extended to Friday 27 January 2017 


Students can enter the competition in one of three ways: either via a written composition (of not more than one page), a recorded video entry (of up to two minutes), or a visual presentation on their chosen theme from the options below.

Theme One: UN Security Council Campaign

The United Nations Security Council has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Ireland is preparing to run for election to the Security Coucil in 2020. We will be competing against Canada and Norway.

Task: Prepare a pitch, including a slogan, for Ireland's election campaign. Applications can be in the form of a one page pitch, a visual presentation or a 2 minute video.

Theme Two: Our People

Ireland has a history of emigration and our emigrants have had an important influence on the culture of many countries around the world. Ireland's voice on th einternational stage is also hugely amplified by the millions of people around the world who are Irish by birth, descent or affiliation. They are an important part of our story as a nation - part of who we are as a people , what we have done and where we have gone in this world. They also undoubtedly have a role to play in Ireland's future.

Task: In a rapidly changing world, imagine how our relationship will look in 20 years' time. Prepare a short presentation describing the relationship with our diaspora in 2036. Applications can be in the form of a one page written submission, a visual presentation or a 2 minute video.

The prize for the thirty most thought provoking, considered, creative responses will be an opportunity to spend a week at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade headquarters in Iveagh House, Dublin, to learn how Ireland promotes its values, interests and economic well-being abroad. 

Ireland - 60 Years at the United Nations (PDF) 

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Iveagh Scholars 2017 - Competition Guidelines (PDF download) The closing date for entries has been extended to Friday 27 January 2017Download PDF (412KB)

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