Ireland Fellows Programme: Empowering Future Leaders through Education
The Ireland Fellows Programme is a prestigious opportunity that opens doors for early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, providing them with a chance to receive a world-class education and develop their leadership potential.
This esteemed program offers selected students the opportunity to pursue a fully funded one-year master’s level program at a renowned higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award generously covers program fees, flights, accommodation, and living costs, making it an attractive and accessible opportunity for talented individuals.
Eligible master’s level programs in Ireland usually begin in August or September each year and may run for durations ranging from 10 to 16 months, depending on the chosen program.
The Ireland Fellows Programme is not just a one-time initiative; it is part of a broader spectrum of scholarship opportunities available across Europe, the United States, and Canada. Aspiring scholars from 23 African countries can explore these incredible scholarship avenues.
The Ireland Fellows Programme has several significant objectives. Firstly, it aims to nurture and groom future leaders who will have a positive impact on their respective countries. It strives to contribute to in-country capacity building, helping achieve national Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additionally, the program seeks to foster strong relationships between Ireland and the scholars, promoting institutional linkages and mutual growth.
To be eligible for the Ireland Fellows Programme – Africa award, commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2024, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
- Be a resident national of one of the following countries: Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.
- Possess a minimum of two or three years of substantial work experience directly relevant to their proposed program(s) of study, depending on the country (see Page 8 for details).
- Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognized higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) – equivalent to a first-class honor or second-class honor, Grade 1 (a second-class honor Grade 2 may be accepted if the applicant has substantial directly relevant work experience). The degree must have been awarded in 2012 or later (i.e., within the last 12 years).
- Not already hold a qualification at the master’s level or higher, nor be currently undertaking a program at the master’s level or higher, or planning to start one in the academic year 2023/24.
- Be applying to commence a new program at the master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August 2024.
- Demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, a commitment to achieving the SDGs in their home country, and a dedication to building positive relationships with Ireland.
Embarking on the Ireland Fellows Programme is an exceptional opportunity for passionate professionals to receive top-tier education, grow as leaders, and contribute significantly to their communities and beyond. The journey towards a brighter future starts with this prestigious scholarship opportunity.
Apply before the deadline of July 30, 2023, and take the first step toward shaping a better tomorrow.