Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme

Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme for Masters Study in Ireland

Masters
Deadline : September 13, 2020:

Applications are open for Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme Africa 2021. Fellowships are awarded for full-time study at Masters level at an Irish higher level institution, with a focus on courses that are relevant to Irish Aid’s development objectives in a fellow’s home country. On completion, fellowship recipients are committed to resume work and put their acquired skills into good use for the benefit of their home countries.

Irish Aid Fellowships are funded as part of Ireland’s wider development cooperation budget. The Ireland Fellows Programme is fully funded by the Irish Government and is offered under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). 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.

Awards are made for study in Ireland in fields such as agriculture, health, education, human rights, computer science, engineering, business and more 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. Applicants can choose from almost 200 postgraduate programmes specially selected to enhance capacity in line with stated country development goals and the strategy of the Irish Embassy

Benefits
  • The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation (for out of country study), monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses.
Eligibility
  • You must 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.
  • Applicants must be residents in their countries of origin.
  • You must have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master’s degree course in a higher education institution in Ireland . This could be evident 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).
  • Applicants are required to have a minimum of two or three years’ work experience that is directly relevant to your proposed programme(s) of study (this can include internships).
  • An applicants must be be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country.
  • you must have 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 2021/2022.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate their skills in academic English with an appropriate score on a recognised test (IELTS 6.5 or higher).
Application

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 Programme on two or more previous occasions without being awarded a fellowship.
  • They are currently working, or it is anticipated that they will work in the future, at our embassies or at headquarters. Those personnel who have worked with any of the Irish embassies/missions in the past must allow a full year before becoming eligible to apply for a fellowship.

This would mean that fellowships in these countries are restricted to the staff of government departments and NGOs which work in partnership with Irish Aid, and to personnel of organisations that are aligned with Irish Aid’s development strategy in their country which have already been identified by the Embassy of Ireland

All applicants who are selected to go forward to second stage will be required to sit an Duolingo English Test, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is less than 12 months old at the time of application which shows the applicant has achieved the necessary score for the course they intend to apply to. Early preparations for the Duolingo English Test or IELTS exam is strongly advised, even for native English speakers.

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