Irish Aid Fellowships For Developing Countries (Fully-Funded) To Study In Ireland


Applications are currently ongoing for the 2018l2019 Irish Aid Fellowships which are awarded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and are targeted mainly at the countries in which Ireland has established development cooperation programmes. The Irish Aid Fellowships For Developing Countries is fully funded to study in Ireland. The BI Norwegian Business School aims to build a diverse and international student body.

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 organisations. See details below for more information.

Scholarship Type:

Scholarships are awarded to pursue a master degree programme.

Field Of study:

Relevant Masters programmes in Ireland and regionally.  A directory listing suitable courses for study in Ireland is available to applicants, covering programmes in up to 12 subject areas.

Scholarship Benefits:

The scholarship covers the following:

  • Course fees
  • Required flights
  • Accommodation (for out of 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.

Host Country Of Scholarship:


Number of Scholarships:

A maximum of 20 scholarships for international applicants and 10 scholarships for Norwegian applicants are available for the academic year commencing Autumn 2019.

Country Eligible For The Scholarship:

The following countries are eligible: Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Eligibility For The Irish Aid Fellowships For Developing Countries:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be from one of the listed countries above.
  • Applicants must be resident in that country.
  • Applicants must have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master’s degree course in a higher education institution in Ireland (an undergraduate degree at equivalent to pass level is not sufficient).
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country.
  • Must have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses.
  • Applicants must be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a course they have already commenced or which will begin before fellowship awards have been notified.
  • Applicants must be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year 2019/2020.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate their skills in academic English with an appropriate score on a recognised test (IELTS 6.5 or higher).

An applicant will not be considered further in either of the following circumstances:

  • If they already hold a master’s qualification.
  • If they have applied for the Fellowship Training Programme on two or more previous occasions without being awarded a fellowship. (Cases where an applicant withdrew from the process previously may be considered if there were exceptional or unforeseen circumstances for withdrawal in that instance).
  • If they are currently working, or it is anticipated that they will work in the future, at our embassies or at headquarters. Those personnel who have worked with any of our embassies/missions in the past must allow a full year before becoming eligible to apply for a fellowship.

In addition to the above, some additional eligibility requirements apply in some countries as follows:

How To Apply For The Scholarship:

The Application Form and Directory of Postgraduate Courses are both available for download in the Scholarship Webpage Link below.

Click on your country in the Scholarship Webpage (See Link below) to contact the relevant Embassy of Ireland / Mission.

Click here.

Application Closing Date:

30th November, 2018

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