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John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace opens to applications

Published on:  09 Jul 2014

Applications have opened for the  John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace based at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus, it was confirmed today (9th July 2014).


The international peace and reconciliation Chair was established in honour of the two peacemakers and builds on the work of the University’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), The Transitional Justice Institute and the UNESCO Centre which all work on the peace building both locally and internationally.

The International Fund for Ireland provided £1.4 million towards the Chair and its goals of actively consolidating peace locally, and globally while contributing to the research and teaching agenda of INCORE. Following the appointment of the new Chair, the University will be creating two PhD Scholarships – the International Fund for Ireland Scholarship, over a period of 6 years.

University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett said:

“The John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace is a full-time permanent academic position that honours both men’s significant contributions to peace, and their unique friendship. It will play a pivotal role in overseeing a new INCORE peace initiative, which will help to develop the next generation of peacemakers from around the world.

“The university is deeply proud of the contribution we have made to peace locally and internationally. The Chair in Peace will further build on our global network of peace builders and reputation for excellence in peace and conflict studies.”

Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Dr Adrian Johnston, said:

“The John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace is very close to the International Fund for Ireland and the peacebuilding goals that we stand for. John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill were monumental in creating the conditions for a political settlement and championed Ireland’s fledging Peace Process at the highest levels during our darkest days.

“The position is a fitting tribute that honours their vision and amplifies the lessons of local and international peace-making efforts. We are proud to support the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace and wish the applicants every success in competing for this unique and important position.”

The Chair in Peace honours Nobel prize winner John Hume, who played a pivotal role in the peace process in Northern Ireland, and Thomas P. O’Neill who, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, was a major force for enlisting the United States in advancing peace in Northern Ireland. The two men worked together as colleagues and friends.

To find out more or to apply visit the University of Ulster website at

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