Course(s) Offered: Relevant fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, PGD, trainings, internship, fellowships)
Provider: Government of Ireland
Country to Study in: Any country (Ireland, Applicant country)
Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s programme of assistance to developing countries.
Every year, the Government of Ireland offers the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme through its Department of Foreign Affairs to suitably qualified candidates from developing countries to undertake postgraduate studies at colleges and universities in Ireland.
The Fellowship Training Programme offers these annual study fellowship awards to candidates to further their education in Ireland or within their own region in areas relevant to Irish Aid programme objectives. The Programme is closely aligned to Irish Aid's partner country priorities and will support capacity building within key organisations in those countries.
Fellowship recipients are committed, on completion of their training, to return home to resume work and put their acquired skills into practice for the benefit of their home country.
To be eligible for an Irish Aid Fellowship, applicants must be citizens of one of Irish Aid’s partner countries (see country list below) and be residing in that country.
Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme applicants must also:
- have a minimum of three years relevant work experience
- be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country
- have identified up to two relevant Postgraduate Diploma or Taught Masters courses in Ireland or within their own region
- be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year for which it is offered
- 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 (see below for these)
Awards under this programme are targeted at citizens of the nine participating countries with which Ireland has established development cooperation programmes:
- Africa: Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
- Others (Asia and Palestine): Timor Leste and Vietnam, plus the Palestinian territories.
Fellowships are targeted at mid-career professionals in development partner organisations who on completion of the programme are committed to returning home to resume work and put their acquired skills into practice for the benefit of the organisation and the wider community.
Partner organisations working in collaboration with the Irish Aid programme in-country include government ministries and those in the non-governmental sector including civil society groups.
Accredited colleges and universities in Ireland or the candidate's country
Fields of Study
For full time Postgraduate Diploma and/or Master's level study; with a particular emphasis on linking fellowship awards to the priorities of Irish Aid country strategies in the partner countries.
Awards are made in fields relevant to the programme objective such as development studies, rural development, health care, education and law.
Number of awards
The number of scholarships each year is not specified.
Scholarship will last for the whole duration of the study programme
The Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) provides support for the management and administration of the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme.
This includes a broad range of services covering welfare and other needs of fellowship holders. Beneficiaries are supported to undertake higher-level education and training in Ireland or within their region.
Method of Application
Applications must be made both for the 'Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme' and the 'chosen course'. These are separate application processes.
HOW TO APPLY:
Application for the 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. Fellowship eligibility requirements aim to ensure close alignment with Irish Aid's programmatic approach.
1). Fellowship Training Programme Application:
A guide to courses eligible for Fellowship awards is available to consult at Irish Embassies/Missions in participating countries from September of each year. Embassies will also provide copies of the fellowship application form (see the Fellowship Application Process and/or the full list of Irish Embassies and Consulates Abroad).
Once you have obtained the Fellowship application form, you should read the accompanying notes carefully before completing any of the sections. You should also have identified the postgraduate programme you wish to undertake. The deadline for submission of the form is 30th November but earlier submission to the Irish Embassy/Mission is advised.
When returning the form, you will be asked to provide a certified photocopy of several documents. (A certified photocopy is one which has been signed and stamped by an authorised person - such as a Justice of the Peace, a Notary Public, a lawyer or a solicitor, etc - as being true and correct. The authorised person needs to sign, print their name and position and, if possible, affix an official stamp to all pages of each copy).
Please note that all applications for the Fellowship Training Programme should be submitted directly to the Irish Embassy/Mission, not to ICOS (Irish Council for International Students) or Irish Aid.
2). Course Application
If you are advised that your application has been shortlisted for a possible Fellowship, you must submit a separate course application directly to the college in question (and not to Irish Aid or ICOS).
Please note the following:
- Some colleges in Ireland only accept applications online.
- Ensure you complete the correct application form for the course and college to which you wish to apply and use the correct course title, code and institution name as listed in the course guide or college website. Failure to do so may result in your application being misdirected.
- When submitting course applications, it is essential that you forward original transcripts or certified photocopies of exam results or degree certificates. Uncertified photocopies are not acceptable.
- Take care. Incomplete course applications will take longer to process and may result in missing an application deadline.
- Irish universities normally issue course acceptance letters in May or June.
- You are advised not to apply for a course before being notified of the status of your Fellowship application; however, if you have already applied for a course at the time of submitting your Fellowship application, you should indicate this and the status of your application clearly on your form. It is also recommended that you include photocopies of any course applications and acceptance letters.
To fulfil Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme requirements, shortlisted candidates for study in Ireland must also obtain an IELTS or TOEFL English Language certificate (unless they already hold one which is less than two years old). Test arrangements will be made and paid for by ICOS on behalf of Irish Aid for shortlisted candidates who do not already hold such a certificate.
Please note that, as part of securing a place in an Irish third level institution, applicants are normally required to provide English Language certification and some courses require a higher IELTS/TOEFL score than the Fellowship minimum requirements.
For more on the Fellowship Training Programme, it is very important you visit the official website (link to it is below). You also need to carefully read the document, 'Fellowship Training Programme - Frequently Asked Questions' which is found on the official website.
The closing date for receipt of applications to the Embassy of Ireland in the participating countries is 30 November each year. Note that the relevant authorities might require that you submit the applications to them in advance so that they can have them submitted to the Embassy of Ireland by 30th November.
Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s programme of assistance to developing countries. Ireland has had an official development assistance programme since 1974. It has grown steadily over the years from modest beginnings to its current size (total ODA in 2011 was €659 million).
The Fellowship Training Programme aims to strengthen the capacity of development partner organisations in countries benefiting from Irish Aid support through the provision of higher education study opportunities.
The programme is one of the ways in which Irish Aid supports capacity development in its key partner countries in Africa and Asia. Study fellowships are awarded by Irish Aid with the aim of supporting and enhancing the contribution recipients can make to development efforts in their own countries.
Information on the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme, including the application process can be accessed from www.icosirl.ie. Please note that applications are by invitation only.
Application Deadline: 30 November 2015
Open to International students: Yes
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