William V. Shannon Memorial Fellowship

The Shannon Fellowship was established at Boston University in memory of Ambassador William V. Shannon. Bill Shannon was appointed Ambassador to Ireland by President Jimmy Carter, and he served in that role from 1977 to 1981. Prior to that appointment, he had been a member of the Editorial Board of the New York Times for sixteen years. Upon his return from Ireland, Bill was a University Professor and a Professor of History at Boston University. 

The Fellowship provides a tuition scholarship (up to full, with the possibility of extension) to students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to pursue graduate study at Boston University in any department or school. The award may also be used to support short term research visits, events, or special lectures.


  • Outstanding international students from Ireland and Northern Ireland who plan to pursue graduate study at Boston University are eligible for consideration.

Application and Selection

  • Graduate (masters and professional) applicants are encouraged to inform BU departments of their interest in the Shannon Fellowship.
  • Nominations by the BU school or department should include a PDF of the nominee’s complete graduate application.
  • Selection will be based on the quality of the applicant’s academic achievements and the potential for success.
  • A committee Chaired by the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs will review applications.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs at apgrad@bu.edu by February 16, 2024.

Contact Emma Zheng, Assistant Director for Graduate Training and Programming with any questions. yzheng93@bu.edu; 617-353-4614.

To learn about our previous William V. Shannon Memorial Fellowship Winners, visit our winner profiles website.