Call for Applications: Irish Aid’s Fellowship Training Programme 2019!

Deadline: 30 November 2018

Applications are open for Irish Aid’s Fellowship Training Programme 2019.

The Fellowship Training Programme was Irish Aid’s first scholarship programme, begun in 1974. Since that time, it has brought suitably qualified candidates from developing countries to undertake Masters degrees at universities and colleges in Ireland.

Awards are made for study in Ireland in fields such as development studies, rural development, health care, education and law with the aim of supporting and enhancing the contribution recipients can make to Irish Aid’s partner organisations. Fellowship eligibility requirements aim to ensure close alignment with Irish Aid’s programmatic approach.


  • The scholarship award covers course fees, required flights, accommodation (for out of country study), monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses.
  • Eligible Masters programmes in Ireland commence in the period August to September each year and, depending on the course, scholarships will run for between 10 and 16 months.

Eligible Courses

  • A directory of eligible postgraduate programmes is available for download below, covering programmes in up to 16 subject areas.
  • For applicants from Ethiopia, a separate directory of eligible postgraduate programmes applies.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a citizen of one of the following countries: Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
  • be resident in that country.
  • have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master’s degree course in a higher education institution in Ireland (an undergraduate degree at equivalent to pass level is not sufficient).
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country.
  • have identified and selected two relevant courses from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses.
  • be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a course they have already commenced or which will begin before fellowship awards have been notified.
  • be able to take up the fellowship in the academic year 2019/2020.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate their skills in academic English with an appropriate score on a recognised test (IELTS 6.5 or higher).

How to Apply

Applicants can download the application form via given website.

Eligible Countries: Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Palestine, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For more information, visit

  • Frackson says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity, can you please send the website because the one here is not working properly. I have tried but its not working

    Kind regards
    Frackson Mhango

  • Ogwal Bonny Emmanuel says:

    Am hoping for undergraduate, may I get some link as well?

    • Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Ogwal Bonny Emmanuel,

      For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

  • McBernard Otal says:

    Kindly send me the website.

  • Sue says:

    This is a wonderful opportunity, is there and age limit.

    • Priyanka says:

      Hi Sue,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity. To learn more on eligibility criteria, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Rugiatu Turay says:

    Is there any program for under graduate ?

  • Nonhlanhla says:

    Hi Nonhlanhla here.was hoping to get for South Africans as well but there is nothing.

  • Emmanuel S says:

    Hello, could you please clarify where it says application from some countries are by invitation only? Liberia, for example.

  • Nassejje Meble says:

    Greetings ,am Meble from Uganda, how can i apply for the fellowship.i have a second Class upper degree.Kindly help me with the link

    • Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Nassejje Meble,

      You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Stephen Sempande says:

    Thanks for this great opportunity. Kindly share the link for application form.

  • Chigasa C. Uzoma says:

    Thank you Sir/Madam for this information.

    Please, why is Nigeria not listed among the eligible countries? Is it not sub-Saharan? Is it not a developing nation? Are we not in the same socio-economic state?

    I am hoping for a reply.

    Best regard,

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