Ireland Fellows Scholarship Program for Africans 2020/2021

The Ireland Fellows Scholarship Program for Africans 2020/2021

Application Deadline: 13 September 2020

The Ireland Fellows Programme enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building.

It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s level program at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award covers program fees, flights, accommodation, and living costs.

The aims of the Programme are to nurture future leaders; to develop the in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals; and to build positive relationships with Ireland.

On return home, graduates are expected to bring their acquired skills to contribute to capacity building in their home countries. It is also envisaged that they will contribute to building enduring positive personal and professional relationships with Ireland, promoting institutional linkages.


  • To be eligible for an Ireland Fellows Programme  Africa scholarship commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020 applicants must:
  • Be a resident national of one of the following countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Have a minimum of two or three years’ work experience that is directly relevant to your proposed program (s) of study (this can include internships).
  • Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognized higher education institution
  • Be applying to commence a new program at the master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August 2021.
  •  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 three relevant programs from the Directory of Eligible Programmes.
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for all programs chosen.
  • Must not have applied to the Ireland Fellows Programme on more than one previous occasion.
  • Be in a position to take up the Fellowship in the academic year 2021/2022.

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