Applications are now opened for the 2021-2022 Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme. The programme offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s programme at a prestigious higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland.
The aims of the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme are to nurture future African leaders, women and men, to develop in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals, and to build positive relationships between Ireland and Africa.
Through the programme, early career professional women and men, with leadership potential, from eligible countries will avail of relevant postgraduate study opportunities in Irish higher education institutions.
- Host institution: Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Ireland.
- Areas: Agriculture, health, education, human rights, computer science, engineering, business and more.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: One-year.
- Target group: Open to citizens of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme Benefits
The fellowship is a fully funded programme and will covers course fees, flights, accommodation and living expenses etc.
Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme Eligibility
To be eligible for the fellowship Programme, applicants must:
- Be a resident national of one of the following countries listed above.
- Have a minimum of two or three years’ relevant work experience (this can include internships and volunteering positions), depending on the country (details provided in the application form).
- Hold a Bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government recognized higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 75%
- Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher.
- Be applying to commence a new course at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2021.
- Be able to demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, as well as commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country.
- Have identified and selected three relevant programmes from the Directory of Eligible Programmes.
- Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language
- Must not have applied for any Irish Aid Fellowship programme on more than one previous occasion.
- Be in a position to take up the scholarship in the academic year 2021/2022.
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 organizations that are aligned with Irish Aid’s development strategy in their country which have already been identified by the Embassy of Ireland. Applications from outside these partnerships will not be eligible. To find out if you are eligible to apply, please contact the relevant Embassy of Ireland or your employer.
- World Bank-ARCE Scholarships in Railway Engineering;
- Equity and Merit Scholarships at the University of Manchester;
- Yenching Academy of Peking University Scholarships;
- University of Lausanne Master’s Scholarship for Foreign Students;
- KAUST Scholarship 2020 for Master and PhD Students;
- Japanese Government MEXT Scholarships (Master, PhD, Research).
The application process for the fellowship programme consists of three stages:
Stage 1 (17 August 2020 – 13 September 2020): Applicant need to enrol in a master’s degree program at any university in Ireland and submit an application form via email address to the relevant Embassy of Ireland.
- Ethiopia → [email protected]
- Kenya, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan → [email protected]
- Malawi → [email protected]
- Mozambique → [email protected]
- Sierra Leone → [email protected]
- Lesotho, Zimbabwe → [email protected]
- Tanzania, Burundi → [email protected]
- Uganda, Rwanda → [email protected]
- Zambia → [email protected]
Stage 2 (28 September 2020 – 18 October 2020): at stage 2 candidates have to submit certified true copies of original documents. Document includes two recent passport size photos, two letters from academic referees transcripts, and proof of language proficiency.
Stage 3 (English language tests and interviews): at this stage, candidates will be invited for interview and to submit your IELTS qualification if not already submitted.
The deadline to submit application for the first stage is . For more details on the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme, please visit the official page. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.