Deadline: August 1st, 2021
The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Irish Government has announced its scholarship scheme for African students. The Ireland Fellows Program enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building.
It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully funded one-year master’s level program at a higher education institution in Ireland. The aims of the Program are to nurture future leaders; to develop in country capacity to achieve national SDG goals; and to build positive relationships with Ireland.
The Program is intended to support graduates on their return home, through the skills they develop, to contribute to capacity building in their home countries and to become one of the next generation of leaders in their respective fields. It is also envisaged that they will contribute to building enduring positive personal and professional relationships with Ireland, promoting institutional linkages.
Why You Should Apply
The scholarship covers program fees, flights, accommodation and living costs. Eligible master’s level programs in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the program, will run for between 10 and 16 months.
Who Can Apply?
To be eligible for an Ireland Fellows Program – Africa scholarship commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2022, applicants must:
- Be a resident national of one of the following countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Have a minimum of two or three years’ work experience that is directly relevant to your proposed program(s) of study, depending on the country (see the Guidance Note for Applicants).
- Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) – i.e. a first class honour, or second class honour, Grade 1 (in some cases a second class honour Grade 2 may be accepted, if the applicant has sufficient directly relevant work experience). It must have been awarded in 2010 or later (i.e. within the last 12 years).
- Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher. Not currently undertaking a program at master’s level or higher, or be due to start a program at master’s level or higher in the academic year 2021/22.
- Be applying to commence a new program at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August 2021.
- Be able to demonstrate the following: leadership abilities and aspirations; a commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country; and a commitment to contribute to building positive relationships with Ireland.
- Have identified and selected three programs relevant to your academic and professional background from the Directory of Eligible Programs.
- Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for all programs chosen.
- Must not have applied to the Ireland Fellows Program on more than one previous occasion.
- Be in a position to take up the Fellowship in the academic year 2022/2023.
How To Apply
Please read the Applicant Guidance Note carefully before applying as eligibility criteria may differ from country to country. The application process consists of three stages:
Stage 1 Preliminary Application;
Stage 2 Detailed Application;
Stage 3 Interviews.
Download the application documents:
- Ireland Fellows Program Directory of Programs 2022-23
- Ireland Fellows Program Africa 2022-23 Stage 1 Guidance Note
- IFP Africa Stage 1 Application Form 2022-23