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Course Eligibility

The Fellowship Programme is an integral part of the work of Irish Aid within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Its purpose is to contribute to the capacity building efforts of Irish Aid's key partner countries by providing relevant training in Irish higher education institutions that will allow personnel from developing countries to address knowledge and skills gaps on their return.

Directories of eligible courses for Irish Aid Fellowships are compiled each year to guide potential applicants. These are composed of full-time taught Masters programmes (level 9 on the National Framework) of a maximum 16 months duration which are closely matched to the academic areas listed below. Open and distance learning courses in these areas may also be considered.

Courses will only be included by Irish Aid if offered to fellows on either a fee waiver or EU fee basis, in line with established policy.

Administration of submissions for the directories is undertaken by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS), the managing agency for the programme.

Directory Headings

  • Agriculture, Environmentral Science, Conservation, Rural Development and related
  • Food Science, Food Engineering and related
  • Pharmacy and Biotechnology
  • Health, Medicine, Health Economics and related
  • Development Studies, Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution, Humanitarian Action and related
  • Education
  • Social Policy, Social Research, Community Development, Sociology and related
  • Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Equality Studies
  • Law, Human Rights and related
  • Internati o nal Relations, Politics, Government, Ethics
  • Engineering, Hydrology, Sustainable Technology
  • Economics, Finance and Accounting  
  • Management and Business - Note: the majority of fellowships are awarded to public servants and the staff of non-government organisations. Business courses will therefore be a limited area of the listings, with a focus on those of most relevance to Irish Aid’s Programme Countries. Courses closely related to the area of public financial management are of particular interest.
  • Information Systems and Communications Technology
  • Tourism

Course Submissions

Submissions should ideally be in the form of links to course web pages from which the following information can be compiled by ICOS:

1. Course Title (+ PAC code or Course code)
2. Course Duration
3. Course Director (name, contact address, phone, fax and email)
4. Course Outline
5. Admission Requirements
6. Application procedure
7. Application deadline

In addition, the submission for each course should indicate the fee level – EU or waiver – for applications presented through the Irish Aid Fellowship Programme.

Please note that Irish Aid makes the final decision on all course selections for inclusion in its Directory.

If you have any questions on submitting a course, please contact Derrie Murray via dmurray@icosirl.ie or (01) 231 5324.