Funding for travel/study to Ireland
Field Studies in Ireland (3 credits): Students in the Irish Studies Major and Minor programs have the opportunity to travel to Ireland to pursue an Irish Studies field study over the summer. Funding is available for students who meet the criteria and complete the application procedure outlined below.
Students enrolled in either the Irish Studies Major, Minor or Certificate. You should also have already completed a significant number of courses in Irish Studies, including several 300-level (or higher) courses in the discipline(s) most relevant to your proposed field study (e.g. history, literature, anthropology, film, etc.). Permission to pursue field studies will be determined by the School on an individual basis. Criteria include meeting all eligibility requirements; the quality and viability of a proposed plan of study; evidence of academic excellence and preparedness to pursue a given project; and the availability of faculty members to serve as project directors.
Field Studies in Ireland is designed to allow students to conduct focused study of a given subject (e.g. literature, history, language, music, film) in an Irish context. The experience in Ireland may be in the context of a structured school environment (e.g. one of several well-established literary, historical, language immersion ‘summer schools’ and/or conferences) or may take the form of a more independent exploration (e.g. researching at national or local archives; pursuing a political or cultural internship; exploring historic sites, etc.).
Based upon the completion of a detailed proposal, preparatory reading, and assignments done at Concordia, students enrich their learning experience by studying in Ireland. Upon returning to Concordia, students then complete additional assignments and submit their course materials and research outcomes (usually a significant research paper or final project). All course content and requirements are established in consultation with a faculty member of the School.
Yes! The School offers funding to support students with the strongest applications for field studies.
Applying for a Field Studies opportunity and scholarship
There is a formal application process for field studies. A committee of Irish Studies faculty will read all application proposals and determine which projects will be accepted and which of those will receive a scholarship.
To apply, follow these steps:
- Do some preliminary research by using the library and internet to narrow down your proposed area of study and to determine where and how you might go about exploring your topic in Ireland.
- Make an appointment with an Irish Studies faculty member to discuss your idea and to receive feedback on how you might further refine and develop it into a viable field studies project.
- Having taken on this feedback, write and submit a formal proposal (2-3pp). Along with identifying the faculty member with whom you wish to work, your proposal should clearly articulate your research topic and precisely where and how you would go about exploring and researching it in Ireland. Your proposal should be as clear, focused, and as detailed as possible, showing evidence that you spent some time and energy developing an intellectually sound and logistically viable project and that you are academically prepared to undertake your plan of study.
April 18, 2017. By May, the School will contact applicants with their decisions as to which proposals have been accepted and which of those will receive scholarships.
Note: Successful applicants must formally register for the field studies course and arrange to meet with their faculty advisor to further develop their research plan, content, expectations, and deadlines -- prior to leaving for their research trip.
For further information and registration assistance contact Matina Skalkogiannis 514-848-2424, ext. 8711 or email