The aims of the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme are to nurture future African leaders, women, and men, to develop an in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals, and to build positive relationships between Ireland and Africa. Through the program, early-career professional women and men, with leadership potential, from eligible countries will avail of relevant postgraduate study opportunities in Irish higher education institutions. On completion of their studies, graduates will have acquired relevant skills and knowledge and be better capacitated and positioned to influence the advancement of national social, economic and development priorities. Fostering women’s leadership capacity will be a priority. On return, graduates are expected to resume work and put their acquired skills into good use for the benefit of their home countries
Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible for an Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme scholarship commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020 applicants must:
- Be a resident national of one of the following countries: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
- 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% – i.e. a first-class honor, or second class honor, Grade 1 (in some cases a second class honor Grade 2 may be accepted).
- Not already hold a qualification at the master’s level or higher.
- Be applying to commence a new course at the master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2020.
- Be able to demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, as well as a commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country.
- Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme Directory of Eligible Courses.
- Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for both courses chosen.
- Must not have applied for any Irish Aid Fellowship program on more than one previous occasion.
- Be in a position to take up the scholarship in the academic year 2020/2021.
Awards and Benefits
- The program offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s program at a prestigious higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland.
- The award covers course fees, flights, and accommodation and living costs. Eligible master’s courses in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the course, will run for between 10 and 16 months.
- The Programme promotes equal opportunity and welcomes diversity.
- Studying at postgraduate level in Ireland offers a unique opportunity to join programs that are driving innovation and changing lives worldwide.
- Applicants can choose from almost 200 postgraduate programs specially selected to enhance capacity in line with stated country development goals and the strategy of the Irish Embassy.
- The range of courses includes development studies, gender studies, climate-related rural development, health care, education, and strategic management.
How To Apply
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