MA in Social Justice and Public Policy - Giancarlo Ramaioli Memorial Scholarships

Posted on 30 Jun 2020

Activelink is delighted to announce up to two new scholarships for students undertaking the MA in Social Justice and Public Policy.

Each scholarship is for €10,000 for successful applicants pursuing the two-year, part--time taught Master’s degree in Social Justice and Public Policy run jointly by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Social Justice Ireland in 2020 - 22. The scholarship will cover the fees for the programme and the balance will be available towards supporting the successful applicants.

The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy is a two year part-time programme, taught in Dublin, which gives students a unique opportunity to develop a theoretical framework and the deep capacity for analysis, understanding, knowledge, skills and practices needed to engage meaningfully in social change towards a more just and inclusive society focusing particularly on influencing public policy. Further information on this MA is available at:

This is a unique opportunity for experienced applicants to be able to deepen their understanding and enhance their skills in the area of social justice and public policy.

There are two steps in applying for these scholarships:

1. Application to WIT for acceptance to the MA programme.

Applications for this programme are made online by going to (Code wd595).

To be accepted onto this programme:

  • Applicants for the MA in Social Justice and Public Policy should hold a minimum of an NFQ Honours degree in any area of the Humanities, Economics or Social Sciences. Candidates should normally have previous relevant experience and are expected to be working in a paid or voluntary capacity in the area. All candidates are subject to a pre-entry interview.
  • Applicants who do not hold the standard qualifying NFQ Level 8 qualification criteria, but have relevant work experience and study may be considered for admission to the programme under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview.

2. Application to Social Justice Ireland for the scholarship

Applicants for the scholarship should also write to providing a short outline of qualifications and experience together with a note setting out why they wish to do this particular MA programme. Applicants are required to complete and submit their application by 14th July 2020. Applications for the scholarships will be accepted from candidates living in Ireland who can satisfy the eligibility criteria for this Master’s programme.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants for the scholarship must apply directly to WIT for admission to the MA programme and send an application for the scholarship to Social Justice Ireland.

Giancarlo Ramaioli

These scholarships honour the memory of Giancarlo Ramaioli.

Activelink grew out of a project that Giancarlo began in 1999. Over time Giancarlo together with Hyperlink built Activelink into a leading online resource for the community and non-profit sector, with two mailings, Activelink Community Exchange and Activelink Jobs & Volunteering. Giancarlo became ill in 2006, but remained at the helm of Activelink right up until April 2009. He passed away in May 2009. Activelink continues to grow guided by Giancarlo’s vision and commitment to the community and social sectors. To honour his legacy Activelink wishes to assist other groups in developing their social enterprises.