Scholarship | Ireland Fellows Programme – Africa


The Ireland Fellows Programme offers early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, who demonstrate leadership potential, the chance to receive a world-class education, fully funded by the Irish government. Participants can pursue a one-year master’s degree at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland, with all expenses covered, including tuition, flights, accommodation, and living costs. These programs begin in August or September each year and last between 10 to 16 months.

The programme emphasizes gender equality, equal opportunity, and diversity, aligning with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 to build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions. It encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, and disadvantaged groups, aiming to increase female representation and those whose gender identity is non-binary.

The primary goals are to nurture future leaders, enhance national capacity to achieve SDG goals, and foster positive relations with Ireland. Graduates are expected to return home with enhanced skills to contribute to their country’s development and build enduring professional relationships with Ireland.

This initiative is part of the Irish Government’s broader strategies, including Global Ireland, The Global Island, A Better World, and Global Citizens 2030, managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and supported by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS).

Eligible Countries

  • Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligible Courses

Application deadline

  • Application for Stage 1 ends at July 28, 2024.

Application Information for 2025-26

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Reside in one of the eligible countries.
  • Have 2-3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0, awarded in 2013 or later.
  • Not already hold a master’s degree or be pursuing one.
  • Apply for a new master’s program starting in August 2025.
  • Demonstrate leadership, commitment to SDGs, and willingness to build positive relations with Ireland.
  • Select three relevant programs from the Directory of Eligible Programmes.
  • Meet the academic and English proficiency requirements for their chosen programs.
  • Not have applied more than once before

Program Benefits

  • Fully Funded Education: The Ireland Fellows Programme covers all expenses, including tuition fees, flights, accommodation, and living costs, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder access to world-class education.
  • Leadership Development: Participants receive training and opportunities to enhance their leadership skills, preparing them to take on significant roles in their home countries.
  • Diverse Academic Opportunities: Fellows can choose from a wide range of master’s level programs in areas such as agriculture, health, education, human rights, computer science, engineering, and business.
  • Networking and Professional Growth: The programme provides opportunities to build lasting professional and personal relationships with peers, educators, and professionals in Ireland and globally.
  • Support for Return Home: Graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge to contribute to their country’s development goals and to drive positive change in their respective fields.
  • Promotion of Equality and Diversity: The programme actively encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities, minorities, and those whose gender identity is non-binary, promoting an inclusive environment.
  • Alignment with Global Goals: The programme supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 16, by building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions.

Application Process

The application process includes three stages: Preliminary Application, Detailed Application, and Interviews. Successful applicants will need to take the Duolingo English Test and, if shortlisted, the IELTS exam unless they already possess a valid certificate.

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