28 August, 2019.



(Fully Funded)


Ireland-Africa Fellows Program

The program offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded one-year master’s program at a prestigious higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. Eligible master’s courses in Ireland are agriculture, health, education, human rights, computer science, engineering, business and more.

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Through the program, early career professional women and men, with leadership potential, from eligible countries will avail of relevant postgraduate study opportunities in Irish higher education institutions. On completion of their studies, graduates will have acquired relevant skills and knowledge and be better capacitated and positioned to influence the advancement of national social, economic and development priorities. Fostering women’s leadership capacity will be a priority. On return, graduates are expected to resume work and put their acquired skills into good use for the benefit of their home countries

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Agriculture.
  • Health.
  • Education.
  • Human Rights.
  • Computer Science.
  • Engineering.
  • Business.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

From 10 to 16 months.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

To be eligible for an Ireland-Africa Fellows Programme scholarship commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020 applicants must:

  • Be a resident national of one of the following countries: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Have a minimum of two or three years’ relevant work experience (this can include internships and volunteering positions), depending on the country (details provided in the application form).
  • Hold a bachelor’s level academic qualification from an accredited and government-recognized higher education institution, with a minimum grade point average of 75% – i.e. a first class honor, or second class honor, Grade 1 (in some cases a second class honor Grade 2 may be accepted).
  • Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher.
  • Be applying to commence a new course at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2020.
  • 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 two relevant courses from the Ireland-Africa Fellows Program Directory of Eligible Courses.
  • Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiency required for both courses chosen.
  • Must not have applied for any Irish Aid Fellowship program on more than one previous occasion.
  • Be in a position to take up the scholarship in the academic year 2020/2021.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • The award covers course fees, flights, and accommodation and living costs.

How to Apply

First Step: Download the application guidance from here.

Second Step: Skip till page 11 in the application guidance, and fill the form attached.

Third Step: The application requires you to submit a scanned copy of the following documents with your application form:

  •  Your passport (only the identity page is required), or other official identification document if you do not have a passport at this time.
  • Your undergraduate degree award certificate.
  • Final degree academic transcripts.
  • (Optional at this stage): Your English language test (IELTS) certificate with score 6.5 or more. Only IELTS certificates dated September 2018 or later are acceptable.
  • Personal Statement about: why do you wish to be considered for a fellowship in Ireland ?


  1. Applications must be typed and be submitted by email to the relevant Embassy of Ireland at this
    email address: (
  2. You can apply through stage 1 of this process without having completed your IELTS test, however,
    you must have noted the IELTS score required for your selected programs and considered
    whether you can achieve this grade.
  3. Between September 20th 2019 and October 18th 2019, If your Stage 1 application is successful, you will be invited to move on to stage 2 of the process, and complete a more detailed application form including the submission of all required certified documents. (Please see page 8 on guidance note which provides details of all stage 2 requirements.).

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This Scholarship Published by:
Khaled Sayed / Sayed

Reviewed by “ Rahaf Elkhodary / Egypt

& Mohamed Magdi Eweda / Egypt ”
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MARJ3 Scholarships team