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Scholarship for Cultural Tourism Research Masters announced

Applications invited for Scholarship for Cultural Tourism Research Masters
Tralee IT in partnership with Údarás na Gaeltachta announce scholarship worth over €20,000.

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Údarás na Gaeltachta and Tralee Institute of Technology are delighted to announce a Masters by research scholarship opportunity in Cultural Tourism. The initiative represents an important partnership between the two organisations to investigate development opportunities for the Gaeltacht tourism sector. The research will examine how communities in Gaeltacht areas and relevant supporting bodies can together respond to the tourism development opportunities presented by the Wild Atlantic Way through establishing a model of tourism development which is sustainable in economic, cultural and environmental terms. This pilot scheme will focus specifically on capitalizing on the opportunities presented by the Wild Atlantic Way in the Corca Dhuibhne and Uíbh Ráthach areas of Co. Kerry.

There are unlimited opportunities attached to this research according to Steve Ó Cúláin, Chief Executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta, “With the development of Fáilte Irelands planning projects, the Gaeltacht has been placed centrestage at the heart of the tourist areas that are encompassed by the Wild Atlantic Way and there are endless benefits that can be achieved for the Gaeltacht community,” he stated. Up to 25% of the Wild Atlantic Way passes through Gaeltacht areas in the Counties of Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry and the Gaeltacht areas of Waterford and Meath are part of Ireland’s Ancient East.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the person chosen” according to Dr. Sophie Price from Tralee Institute of Technology who will be the principal supervisor on the project. “The overall project package is worth more than €20,000. The post graduate recipient will receive a stipend of €1000 per month, for a period no longer than 18 months and the Institute will waive the course fees during this funding period.”

This Scholarship is one of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Training and Education Schemes which received the approval of the Údarás Board at their meeting of 2/6/17 and it represents one of the initial steps which will support the implementation of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Draft Tourism Development Plan which received board approval at the same meeting. Tourism is ideally placed to address all three of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s mission areas namely the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht and is central to current and future development strategies.

The closing date for applications is 23rd June with the period of research study commencing September 2017. The successful applicant will receive a stipend of €1,000 per month for a maximum period of 18 months and the Institute will waive full fees for this funding period.

    Graduates holding an honours degree are invited to submit an application prior to the closing date of 23 June 2017 via the Tralee IT website.

The scholarship details are available at Project 8 at:
Údarás na Gaeltachta
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