Irish Aid Fellowships For Postgraduate Studies In Ireland, 2017-2018

Applications are invited for Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme for 2017/18 academic year.

These fellowships are awarded to undertake postgraduate studies at colleges and universities in Ireland.

As part of this overall mission, Irish Aid Fellowships aim to address capacity deficits that hinder the attainment of long-term development goals through the training and development of key individuals, generally drawn from the public services and NGO sectors.

Applicants must have relevant Masters programmes in Ireland and regionally. A directory listing all eligible courses for study in Ireland is available to applicants, covering programmes in up to 12 subject areas (some variations by country apply).

Course Level:

Fellowships are awarded to undertake postgraduate studies at colleges and universities in Ireland.

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Study Subject:

Students are supported for courses in their own region. Awards are made 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.

Scholarship Award:

The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation (for out of the country study), monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses. Eligible Masters programmes 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.

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Scholarship can be taken in Ireland


  1. To be eligible, applicants must be a citizen of one of the partner countries named above and be residing in that country.
  2. Be employed by and supported in their application by an Irish Aid partner organisation.
  3. Have a minimum of three years relevant work experience.
  4. Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country have identified up to two relevant and eligible Taught Masters or Postgraduate Diploma courses in Ireland or within their own region.
  5. Be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year for which it is offered.
  6. Provide a letter from their employer granting study leave for the duration of the fellowship and guaranteeing that they will be able to return to an equivalent position in the organisation at the end of the fellowship period.
    apply using the correct application form and by the stated deadline.

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For study in Ireland, applicants must also

Be able to demonstrate skills in academic English by achieving an appropriate score on a recognized test (IELTS 6.5)
Nominate courses marked as applicable for their home country from the directory of eligible courses.

Note: Application for the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme is by invitation, not open call. Irish Embassies and Missions begin inviting applications from partner organisations and Ministries in September of each year.


Students from Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of three years relevant work experience.

English language Requirements: Applicants must be able to demonstrate skills in academic English by achieving an appropriate score on a recognized test (IELTS 6.5).
How to Apply: Applications will not be considered for this fellowship unless all eligibility criteria are met. You should carefully check that you can meet the above criteria before requesting application information.

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2017 Irish Aid FTP application form

2017 Irish Aid FTP employer endorsement form

2017 Irish Aid FTP directory of eligible courses

Application Deadline: The closing date for applications to commence studies for 2017-18 is 30th November 2016. Applications forms and required documents should be printed and submitted to the Embassy of Ireland indicated below.

Scholarship Link