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The Role of ICOS

The Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) is contracted by Irish Aid as the managing agency for its Fellowship Programmes. ICOS is an independent charity that promotes best practice in relation to the recruitment, access and support of international students in Irish education.

ICOS works closely with the Irish Aid Directorate in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the management and administration of fellowships, as well as with embassies and colleges. Specific responsibilities include handling short-listed applications, placement administration, travel and accommodation services as well financial management and practical support to fellowship awardees while they are in Ireland.

ICOS arranges small group briefings for Irish Aid fellows on arrival, an orientation day that brings together all new awardees and a number of social events throughout the year.

Alumni networking is also facilitated by ICOS in conjunction with embassies.

Most enquiries regarding Irish Aid Fellowships will be responded to by members of the Fellowships Team at ICOS: Derrie, Dave and Brian.