Ireland Fellows Programme for Africans to Study in Ireland 2021/22

Ireland Fellows Programme for Africans to Study in Ireland 2021/22: Applications are invited from qualified candidates from eligible African countries to apply for the Ireland Fellows Programme to Study in Ireland for the 2021/22 Cycle. The programme seeks to enable early to mid-career professionals with leadership potential benefit from a prestigious and world-class education.

The Ireland Fellows Programme affords the student the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s level education at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The programme aims to nurture future leaders to develop in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals; and to build positive relationships with Ireland.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): Government of Ireland

Scholarship to be taken at: Ireland

Scholarship level: Masters

Scholarship Worth: Tuition fees, Flights, accommodation and living costs.

Scholarship Slot: Not specified

Subject Eligibility: Agriculture, Health, Education, Human Rights, Computer Science, Engineering, Business

Country/Candidate Eligibility: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South-Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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Scholarship Eligibility and Selection Criteria: To be considered for the Ireland Fellows Programme for Africans to Study in Ireland 2020/21, applicants are to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be nationals of the countries eligible for the programme
  • Applicants must possess a minimum of two or three years’ work experience that is directly relevant to their proposed programme(s) of study (this can include internships).
  • Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) – i.e. a first class honour, or second class honour, Grade 1 (in some cases a second class honour Grade 2 may be accepted, if the applicant has sufficient directly relevant work experience).
  • Not already hold a qualification, have started a programme, or be due to start a programme in the academic year 2020/21, at master’s level or higher.
  • Be applying to commence a new programme at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August 2021.
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership abilities and aspirations, as well as commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country.
  • Have identified and selected three relevant programmes from the Directory of Eligible Programmes.
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for all programmes 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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Application Procedures for the Ireland Fellows Programme for Africans to Study in Ireland 2021/22


The application process consists of three stages:

  • Stage 1   Preliminary Application;
  • Stage 2   Detailed Application;
  • Stage 3   Interviews.

All applicants who are selected to progress after the second stage will be required to sit an online Duolingo English Test. If shortlisted after the interview stage, all applicants will be required to take another English language test, normally the IELTS exam, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is dated 2019 or later which shows the applicant has achieved the necessary score for the course(s) they intend to apply to. Early preparation for the IELTS exam is strongly advised, even for native English speakers.

Application Deadline: 13th September, 2020

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