"The Irish Aid Fellowship has allowed young and very bright scholars to be able to achieve more and bring their knowledge back home... Without exception their contribution both to the diversity and the engagement of the programme has been tremendous. Many of these students come from areas where rights deprivation is a living (not academic) experience and what they can share (and what they can take away with them) from our course and with our study body has been tremdendous. There is no doubt that these fellows would have been financially unable to study with us had this scholarship not been available and we are all the richer for their presence in the programme."
- Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh, Course Director, LLM in International Criminal Law, NUI Galway
Fellowships and Irish Higher Education Institutions
Each year, universities, institutes of technology and private colleges across Ireland welcome Irish Aid fellows as part of their international student intake. Course directors have repeatedly emphasised the benefit for all students and teaching staff from the participation of fellows, bringing increased learning opportunities and exchange of ideas across cultures and contexts.
Further information is provided in this section for academic staff interested in learning more about Irish Aid Fellowships, including how their courses can become eligible for fellowships.
The annual application cycle for most fellowships begins in September of each year looking toward entry for the following academic year. In the months leading up to each new application round, institutions are specifically invited to submit details of Masters courses which correspond to the priority areas for fellowships. Directories are then made available to applicants listing all courses approved by Irish Aid as eligible to receive fellowship awardees.
The managing agency for the fellowship programme, the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS), will normally seek a collation of eligible courses through the international office of each institution. Course directors are also free to submit details to ICOS at an earlier time, having consulted the eligibility requirements listed.
Although most fellowships are for study in Ireland, the Fellowship Training Programme also makes provision for students to receive scholarships to study with a higher education institution in their home country or home region. This is a particularly important provision for applicants with responsibilities that may limit them geographically.
Applicants are free to nominate any relevant taught Masters' course with a regional higher education institution which has equivalency with programmes offered in Ireland.
As with programmes in Ireland, course directors of programmes hosting Irish Aid Fellows in region are requested to provide feedback on student progress to the managing agency, the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS), during each academic year.