The schedule below is a guide to the fellowship award cycle for the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme. For other fellowship strands, the timing and sequencing of stages may differ prior to April, after which all follow a common pattern.
End of September - Application Forms / Course Directectory available
Application forms and a reference directory of eligible courses are made available through Irish Embassies in programme countries by the end of September of each year. The form requires applicants to nominate their course choices, but not to apply for courses at this stage.
End of November - Closing date for Fellowship applications
Fellowship applications are required by 30th November for courses to begin the following academic year.
December / January - English language (IELTS) testing
Arrangements to be organised by nearest Embassy of Ireland.
April - Invitation to shortlisted candidates to apply for courses
All candidates under consideration for fellowship awards will be notified that they should commence course applications.
June / July - Notification to successful Fellowship applicants
If applicants have secured a place on their chosen course and are approved for funding through the Irish Aid Fellowship Programme they will receive a letter of notification and information pack asking that they confirm acceptance. These letters are normally sent in July.
Late August / September - Arrival of Fellowship awardees for study in Ireland
Following acceptance, ICOS will liaise with an incoming student over all practical arrangements, such as flights and accommodation, to enable them to take up their place. Introductory events and support are organised by ICOS for new study fellows in September.