John J. Sweeney Scholarship 2021 (Supporting US students undertaking a full-time MSc or MA)

This special scholarship is named in honour of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J. Sweeney, the son of Irish immigrants, who dedicated his life to advancing the well-being of working people, making outstanding contributions to working people both in the US and internationally which will live on for years to come.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed


The John J Sweeney Scholarship has a value of $20,000 and that is used towards the Scholar’s tuition fees for an MA or MSc at Ulster University.

This scholarship is generously supported by funds raised by the AFL-CIO, the American Labor community, business and civic organisations, and individuals.

*Any balance remaining may be used to purchase study materials/equipment, support course-related activities and/or in support of the Scholar’s living expenses and travel costs.

Eligibility Criteria

The John J Sweeney Scholarship supports US students enrolled to study full-time on the following MSc or MA at Ulster University:

The Scholarship will be open to all US citizens who:

  • Have been offered a full-time place on one of the above MSc or MA and have made a firm commitment to Ulster University during the admissions phase;
  • Are a US union member; or;
  • Have a familial connection to a US union member (mother, father, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent); or;
  • Can provide a reference letter from a union sponsor.

How to apply

  • Candidates must apply via the online application form
  • Applicants must ensure that all sections of the application form are completed with all additional requirements attached to the application.

These include:

  • Scanned copy of original degree certificate
  • Where applicable, reference letter from a Union sponsor
  • 500 - 750 word personal statement
  • Two reference letters
  • A scanned copy of their US passport

Full details are included on the form


Application forms must be submitted by midnight (GMT time) 30th April 2021.

Please contact Jonny at should you have any questions.

You can also book and one-to-one meeting with Jonny here.

Jonathan Hill

Regional Manager

Global Recruitment and Engagement *