The Ireland Fellows Programme enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building. It offers selected students the opportunity 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. Eligible master’s level programmes in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the programme, will run for between 10 and 16 months.
The Ireland Fellows Programme promotes gender equality, equal opportunity, and welcomes diversity. Our Development Policy is aligned with SDG 16 on building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, and we are encouraging applications from the broadest possible base. The Programme welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, and applicants who belong to a minority or disadvantaged group. We would like to increase the representation of female applicants and those whose gender identity does not align with the male/female gender binary.
The Programme is intended to support graduates on their return home, through the skills they develop, to contribute to capacity building in their home countries and to become one of the next generation of leaders in their respective fields. It is also envisaged that they will contribute to building enduring positive personal and professional relationships with Ireland, promoting institutional linkages.
About Irish Aid Ireland Fellows Programme
The Programme enables students to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building whilst also profiling the best that Ireland has to offer in education. For information on studying in Ireland, please visit www.educationinireland.com. The Ireland Fellows Programme aligns with the Irish Government’s commitment under Global Ireland and the national implementation plan for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ireland’s new Policy for International Development, and Ireland’s International Edu.
Aim and Benefits of Ireland Fellows Program Kader Asmal Fellowship
Ireland Fellows Programme awards are fully funded. The award includes the payment of academic fees; visa application fees; medical and travel insurance; economy flights to and from Ireland; and the Irish residence permit fee. Allowances include the following:
- A settling-in allowance towards items needed on arrival in Ireland;
- A completion and departure allowance at the end of the study period; Ireland Fellows Programme – Kader Asmal – Stage 1 Guidance Note
- A monthly living stipend of €700 (subject to review);
- Student accommodation arranged and paid for trimesters 1 and 2 (normally September to May), and in trimester 3 a monthly accommodation stipend of €650- €850 depending on location in Ireland (subject to review).
In addition, the Ireland Fellows Programme features many extracurricular, training and volunteering opportunities to help you make the most of your experience in Ireland
The aims of the Programme are to nurture future leaders; to develop in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals; and to build positive relationships with Ireland.
Requirements for Ireland Fellows Program Kader Asmal Fellowship Qualification
To be eligible for an Ireland Fellows Programme – Kader Asmal award commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2024, applicants must:
- Be a resident national of South Africa.
- Have a minimum of two years’ substantial work experience that is directly relevant to your proposed programme(s) of study.
- 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 (a second class honour Grade 2 may be accepted if the applicant has substantial directly relevant work experience). It must have been awarded in 2012 or later (i.e. within the last 12 years).
- Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher. Not currently undertaking a programme at master’s level or higher, or be due to start a programme at master’s level or higher in the academic year 2023/24.
- Be applying to commence a new programme at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August 2024.
- 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 2024/2025
Documents Required for Application
The Stage 1 process is a preliminary application which seeks information under the headings detailed below and requires you to submit a scanned copy of the following documents with your application form:
- One recent passport-sized photograph;
- A copy of the graduation certificate for all higher education qualifications you have completed;
- A copy of the academic transcripts for all higher education qualifications you have completed. Please also include the explanation of the grading system, where provided with your transcript or otherwise available;
- Letters from two academic referees on official letterhead with contact details for the referee and original signatures. These references must be from academics who have taught you personally;
- A copy of the identity page of your passport. If you do not have a passport at this time, another form of certified official identification must be provided;
- Your original IELTS score report, if available. Please note that this test must have been taken in September 2022 or later;
- Your current C.V.
Your application will not be valid unless copies of the above documents are included.
July 30, 2023
How to Apply
Interested and qualified? Go to Irish Aid Ireland Fellows Programme on canoncollins.org to apply
Applications will not be considered for this fellowship unless all eligibility criteria are met. You should carefully check that you can meet the above criteria before requesting application information.
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- Ireland Fellows Programme Directory of Programmes 2024-25
- Kadar Asmal Fellowship Programme 2024-25 Stage 1 Guidance Note
Please apply via the link to the application form available here: https://canoncollins.org/scholarships/kader-asmal-fellowship-programme/
- Copies of supporting documentation (listed above) should be in PDF format and should be submitted as separate attachments (i.e. the passport and transcript cannot be scanned into a single PDF file).
- Please use the following format when naming each of the documents to be attached: –
- Your Name – Passport
- Your Name – Undergraduate degree certificate –
- Your Name – Academic Transcript