Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s official agency for international development, pleased to announce Irish Aid’s Fellowship Training Program 2019. It has brought suitably qualified candidates from developing countries to undertake Masters Degrees at universities and colleges in Ireland.
The fellowship is open to the citizen of one of the following countries: Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Awards are made for study in Ireland 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 organizations.
Who May Eligible:
To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:
- Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia 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 (an undergraduate degree at equivalent to pass level is not sufficient).
- Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country.
- Have identified and selected two relevant 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 2019/2020.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate their skills in academic English with an appropriate score on a recognized test (IELTS 6.5 or higher).
How to Apply & Competition Rules:
To apply, the applicants must download the application form and Completed applications should be submitted to the Embassy of Ireland in your country or nearest relevant Irish Embassy.
Note: Embassy contact details are available at www.irishaidfellowships.ie/contact
- An applicant will not be considered further in either of the following circumstances:
- They already hold a master’s qualification.
- They have applied for the Fellowship Training Program on two or more previous occasions without being awarded a fellowship. (Cases, where an applicant withdrew from the process previously, may be considered if there were exceptional or unforeseen circumstances for withdrawal in that instance).
- They are currently working, or it is anticipated that they will work in the future, at our embassies or at headquarters. That personnel who have worked with any of our embassies/missions in the past must allow a full year before becoming eligible to apply for a fellowship.
- In addition to the above, some additional eligibility requirements apply in some countries as follows:
- Applications by invitation only: Cambodia, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
- Minimum of 2 years’ work experience following undergraduate studies: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia.
- IELTS certificate must be submitted at the time of application (before November 30, 2018): Ethiopia.
- The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation (for out of the country study), monthly allowances, insurance, and other incidental expenses.
- Eligible Masters Programs 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.
Applications will close on 30 November 2018.