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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.


  • 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 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: 
Sierra Leone
Eligible Courses: 

Relevant Masters programmes in Ireland and regionally.  A directory listing suitable courses for study in Ireland is available to applicants, covering programmes in up to 12 subject areas.

Before finalising your course choices and submitting your application, please confirm with the relevant Irish Embassy that they remain fully satisfied that the courses you have chosen from the Irish Aid Directory of Eligible Postgraduate Courses accord with the Embassy’s country priorities. Embassy contact details are available below.


IDEAS Programme

Eligible Countries: 
Eligible Courses: 

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

A directory listing all suitable courses is available to applicants below.

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.