Flanders Fields Fellowships

Google and Flanders Field Museum In conjunction with The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and The Department of Arts Heritage and An Gaeltacht

A small number of bursaries are on offer to enable students to work on records of soldiers from Ireland who died during WW I. Fellows will be expected to spend two weeks at the Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres/Ieper, Belgium, where the Irish records are held and a further two weeks under the direction of the Museum connecting with local historians in Ireland.

The project aims to fill in the missing gaps of concerning the 50,000 fallen soldiers from Ireland. Until recently, records of these casualties were located only in a book released in 1923 and published in a mere 100 copies. Google has worked with the Irish genealogical history and heritage company Eneclann and the In Flanders Fields Museum Belgium to build a new Irish memorial website, making a list of war dead from Ireland available online and making it searchable with this simple tool.

Launched in 2014, the website remains incomplete. Many names are missing or marked incorrectly. The aim of the Student Bursaries is to correct the errors.The bursaries for the fellowships will cover return flights from Ireland (vouched travel costs up to a ceiling of €150) and a stipend of €200 per week for four weeks in the period July-September, inclusive.

The Fellowships will be awarded to the highest placed candidates in an essay competition.

 

Please write up to 750 words on the subject,
“What World War I Means to Ireland”.

 

CLOSING DATE IS 5.00pm, Monday 16 March 2015.

 

Application forms are available here