The Government of Ireland offers the 2018/2019 Postgraduate Fellowship Training Programme in Ireland for applicants from partner countries. Irish Aid Fellowships provides funding for a number of scholarships for full-time study at Masters level as part of Ireland’s wider development cooperation budget. The focus of awards is on supporting mid-career professionals on courses that are relevant to our development objectives in specific partner countries.
Irish Aid Fellowships are awarded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and are targeted mainly at the countries in which Ireland has established development cooperation programmes. The Fellowship Training Programme was Irish Aid’s first scholarship programme, begun in 1974. Since that time, it has brought suitably qualified candidates from developing countries to undertake Masters degrees at universities and colleges in Ireland, with further students supported for similar courses in their own region.
Awards are made in fields such as development studies, rural development, health care, education and law with the aim of supporting and enhancing the contribution recipients can make to Irish Aid’s partner organisations. Fellowship eligibility requirements aim to ensure close alignment with Irish Aid’s programmatic approach.
Selection: Irish Aid Partners initiate the selection process. They are required to put forward a gender-balanced panel of candidates and a good representation of the Civil Society. Candidates working in disadvantaged regions of the country are given priority. These candidates are then entered into the final competition of the Fellowship Training Programme together with candidates from other Irish Aid Partner Countries.
Eligible Countries: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Fields of Study: Relevant Masters programmes in Ireland and regionally. A directory listing suitable courses for study in Ireland is available to applicants, covering programmes in up to 12 subject areas.
Before finalising your course choices and submitting your application, please confirm with the relevant Irish Embassy that they remain fully satisfied that the courses you have chosen from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses accord with the Embassy’s country priorities. Embassy contact details are available below.
Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must
- be a citizen of one of Irish Aid’s partner countries (i.e. Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia), or of Cambodia, Kenya, Liberia, Palestine, Myanmar, Rwanda or Zimbabwe.
- be resident in that country.
- have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master’s degree course in a higher education institution in Ireland or within their own region.
- be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country.
- have identified relevant college courses in a higher education institution in Ireland or within their own region. For study in Ireland, you must select courses from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses
- be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a course they have already commenced or which will begin before fellowship awards have been notified.
- be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year 2018/2019.
- provide a letter of reference from their employer and a completed Employer Endorsement Form.
For study in Ireland, applicants must also
- be able to demonstrate skills in academic English by achieving an appropriate score on a recognised test (IELTS 6.5)
- contact the Irish Embassy to confirm that the courses they have chosen from the Directory of Postgraduate Courses accord with the Embassy’s priorities in their country (see contact information below).
Number of Awards: Not Specified
Value of Award: The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation (for out of country study), monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses. Eligible Masters programmes in Ireland commence in the period August to September each year and, depending on the course, scholarships will run for between 10 and 16 months.
How to Apply
The Application Form and Directory of Postgraduate Courses are both available for download in the Scholarship Webpage Link below.