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Fully-funded Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme, 2021/2022

The Government of Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are jointly offering the Fully-funded Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme for the academic year 2021/2022.

This golden opportunity is open to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s level programme at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award covers programme fees, flights, accommodation and living costs.

The Irish Government is the cabinet that has executive authority in the country. The Taoiseach, or head of government
is in charge of the executive branch of the Irish government, which is vested in him by the Constitution of Ireland.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2021

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Government of Ireland
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Postgraduate (MSc)
  • Awards: Fully-funded
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Nationality: African Students
  • The award can be taken in Ireland

Eligibility            

  • Eligible Countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Eligible courses are in areas such as agriculture, health, education, human rights, computer science, engineering, business and more, and are listed in a Directory of Eligible Programmes.
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:
  • Be a resident national of one of the following countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, 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 programme(s) of study, depending on the country (see the Guidance Note for Applicants).
  • 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). It must have been awarded in 2010 or later (i.e. within the last 12 years).
  • Not already hold a qualification 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 the following: leadership abilities and aspirations; a commitment to the achievement of the SDGs within your own country; and a commitment to contribute to building positive relationships with Ireland.
  • Have identified and selected three programmes relevant to your academic and professional background 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 2022/2023.

How to Apply        

  • How to Apply: In order to apply for the award, applicants must submit the application form for this opportunity.
  • Supporting Documents: The students are required to present the following documents to the university:
  • Copy of Passport
  • CV
  • Academic references
  • Academic transcripts
  • Admission Requirements: For taking admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  • Language Requirement: Irish higher education institutions require a high standard of English language proficiency and this must be formally certified, normally through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS – www.ielts.org). IELTS examines competency in the English language across reading, writing, speaking and listening and is necessary for admission to all Irish HEIs.                                          

Benefits      

The Government of Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will cover full tuition fees as well ad programme fees, flights, accommodation and living costs for the academic year 2021/2022.

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