This first Building Bridges programme is being piloted in Derry-Londonderry and involves the opportunity to study at the top Ivy League university – Yale. It is planned that in subsequent years the programme will be rolled out to other areas in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and include other top US universities.
Students from the city, who are accepted to study and who are in receipt of a full needs-based scholarship from Yale, can apply for the additional merit-based scholarship, which means they can concentrate wholly on their studies and not have to work during term time.
For students who are undertaking the maximum four year course at Yale, this merit-based scholarship amounts to approximately £11,000 – which is the amount students in receipt of the full needs-based scholarship must give back to Yale, through a work-placement scheme at the University.
Co-operation Ireland will manage the Building Bridges programmes, with the support of Yale University and a consortium of interested academics and business representatives in Derry-Londonderry.