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Irish Aid Fellowship Strands

Irish Aid Fellowships are funded as part of Ireland's wider development cooperation budget. They are awarded through a number of 'strands', each of which has a different focus in terms of eligible countries and subject areas, as summarised below. A detailed outline of each strand and relevant documentation can be accessed using the links on this page.

Fellowships are awarded for full-time study at Masters level, with a focus on courses that are relevant to Irish Aid's development objectives in a fellow's home country. On completion, fellowship recipients are committed to resume work and put their acquired skills into good use for the benefit of their home countries.

The eligibility criteria for each strand should be studied carefully. Applications will not be considered unless all eligibility criteria have been met.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please note that some fellowship strands require applicants to be employed by and nominated by an Irish Aid partner organisation, rather than being 'open call'.
  • Fellowship applications may be not be open for all eligible countries in all years. You should refer to the up-to-date listing below.

Fellowship Training Programme

Eligible Countries: 
Cambodia
Ethiopia
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Malawi
Mozambique
Myanmar
Palestine
Rwanda
Sierra Leone
Uganda
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Eligible Courses: 

Relevant Masters programmes in Ireland and regionally.  A directory listing all eligible courses for study in Ireland is available to applicants, covering programmes in up to 12 subject areas (some variations by country apply).

IDEAS Programme

Eligible Countries: 
Vietnam
Eligible Courses: 

Masters programmes at Irish higher education institutes in Agriculture and Rural Development, Business, Management, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Food Science, Engineering and Information and Communication Technology, Journalism and Media, Tourism and Hospitality.

A directory listing all eligible courses is available to applicants.

Kader Asmal Fellowship

Eligible Countries: 
South Africa
Eligible Courses: 

Masters programmes in Ireland in: (i) business management (ii) agriculture, food science and nutrition (iii) public administration (iv) international relations/development studies/economics and (v) human rights law. A directory of eliglible courses is available.