Frank Ferguson Fellowship in Engineering
The Ireland Fellows Programme enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building. It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully funded one-year master’s level programme at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award covers programme fees, flights, accommodation and living costs. Eligible master’s level programmes in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the programme, will run for between 10 and 16 months. The Ireland Fellows Programme promotes gender equality, equal opportunity, and welcomes diversity.
The aims of the Programme are to nurture future leaders; to develop in-country capacity to achieve national SDG goals; and to build positive relationships with Ireland.
The Irish Government, in partnership with the Engineering Institution of Zambia and the National University of Ireland, Galway, have established a Frank Ferguson Fellowship award that will fund one successful Zambian candidate each year to study on a master’s level engineering programme in Ireland. The Engineering School at NUIG is ranked in the top 1% globally and boasts strong research support in one of the world's most welcoming cities.
This fellowship is in recognition of the achievements, and in memory of Frank Ferguson who was an engineer and innovator who dedicated fifty years of his life to promoting development in Zambia through numerous high-quality infrastructure projects.
Frank Ferguson Fellows should be prepared with the potential to make significant contributions to the development of Zambia.
The Ireland Fellows Programme is fully funded by the Irish Government and is offered under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The Programme aligns with the Irish Government’s commitments under Global Ireland and the national implementation plan for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World, A Better World: Ireland’s Policy for International Development, and Ireland's International Education Strategy. The programme is managed by the relevant Embassy responsible for eligible countries. Programme implementation in Ireland is supported by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS).
Applicants must select from the following list of courses offered by the National University of Ireland, Galway:
Applications for 2023 entry will open in summer 2022.
To be eligible for the Frank Ferguson Fellowship, applicants must:
- Be a citizen of Zambia and be residing in Zambia.
- Hold a Degree in Engineering or related discipline with Merit or higher from an accredited and government-recognised higher education institution,
- have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted onto a Master's level course of study in Engineering
- Not already hold a qualification at master’s level or higher
- Be applying to commence a new course at master’s level in Ireland no sooner than August/September 2020.
- Have identified and selected two relevant courses from the above list of engineering courses at NUI Galway.
- Have a clear understanding of the academic and English language proficiencies required for both courses chosen.
- Must not have applied for an Ireland Fellowship on more than one previous occasion.
- Be a member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia.
- Have a minimum of three years' relevant work experience.
- Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of Zambia.
- Meet any relevant procedural requirements of the Government of Zambia.
Applicants will be required to submit a research proposal in an area linked to a social problem in Zambia. Applicants who are shortlisted by the Engineering Institution of Zambia will be invited to present their research proposal to the Embassy of Ireland and will be subject to further screening.
Please read the Applicants Guidance Note carefully before completing as eligibility criteria may differ from country to country.
The application process consists of three stages:
- Stage 1 Preliminary Application;
- Stage 2 Detailed Application (including research proposal);
- Stage 3 Interviews.
All applicants who are selected to go forward to second stage will be required to sit an IELTS exam, unless they are already in possession of an IELTS certificate that is dated 2018 or later at the time of application which shows the applicant has achieved the necessary score for the course they intend to apply to. Early preparation for the IELTS exam is strongly advised, even for native English speakers.
Please include "Frank Ferguson Fellowship" in the subject line of all emails, and on the envelope of any postage sent to the Embassy.
Applications will not be considered for this fellowship unless all eligibility criteria are met. You should carefully check that you can meet the above criteria before requesting application information.