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Award of Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution

Award of Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution


The awarding of the 2018 Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution was celebrated this morning at a ceremony in the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The scholarship is supported by the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department and administered by the Irish Research Council. The scholarship programme, now in its 10th year, is named in honour of Irish United Nations staff member, Andrew Grene who died tragically in the Haiti earthquake of 2010. The scholarship fund has enabled a wide range of postgraduate research on conflict resolution, post-conflict reconciliation, as well as the impact of gender, governance and education on building peace.


The 2018 Andrew Grene Scholar in Conflict Resolution is Cian Kearns, of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick. His research examines what external factors affect the likelihood of genocide and whether these can be used to improve risk assessment models for increased prevention.


Commenting on the awards, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D. said: “I am delighted that we continue to support postgraduate research such as this. I congratulate the scholarship recipient for 2018, Cian Kearns, whose work will contribute to our approach to the prevention of conflict and atrocities such as genocide seen throughout history. Conflict prevention is a key component in the pursuit of sustainable peace and one of Ireland’s high level foreign policy goals.”



Press Office 

23 November 2018